Rancho Notorious

Rancho Notorious

Arthur Kennedy
Director: Fritz Lang Cast: Arthur Kennedy
Arthur Kennedy
, Marlene Dietrich
Marlene Dietrich
, Mel Ferrer
Mel Ferrer
Fritz Lang

DVD (Full Frame)



The original title for Rancho Notorious was Chuck-a-Luck, which is also the title of the soundtrack ballad (written by Ken Darby) which unifies the plotline, à la High Noon. Frontiersman Vern Haskell (Arthur Kennedy) wanders throughout the West in search of the man who robbed and murdered his fiancée. He is told that he'll probably find the culprits at Chuck-a-Luck, a combination horse ranch and criminal hideout overseen by saloon chanteuse Altar Keane (Marlene Dietrich). To gain entrance to Chuck-a-Luck, Haskell poses as an escaped prisoner. Keane warns him that the ranch has only one rule: "Don't ask questions." Still, he has ways of finding things out. Haskell is compelled to keep up his charade when the dirty denizens of Chuck-a-Luck plan a big bank holdup, but this has the result of exposing the killer of his girl. Director Fritz Lang had a rough time with RKO head Howard R. Hughes, who insisted upon making changes in the film that might have hurt it irreparably. The biggest argument centered over the title; Hughes complained that no one overseas would understand the meaning of Chuck-a-Luck, whereupon Lang riposted sarcastically that "I'm sure that everyone will understand Rancho Notorious." One of the principal villains was Lloyd Gough, but you'd never know it from the opening titles; Hughes, incensed that Gough had refused to testify at the HUAC "witch hunt," ordered that the blacklisted Gough's name be removed from the credits.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/20/2009
UPC: 0883316213339
Original Release: 1952
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:29:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Arthur Kennedy Vern Haskell
Marlene Dietrich Altar Keane
Mel Ferrer Frenchy Fairmont
Lloyd Gough Kinch
Gloria Henry Beth Forbes
William Frawley Baldy Gunder
Jack Elam Geary
Lisa Ferraday Maxine
John Raven Chuck-a-Luck Dealer
George Reeves Wilson
Frank Ferguson Preacher
Francis McDonald Harbin
Dan Seymour Comanche Paul
John Kellogg Factor
Rodd Redwing Rio
Stuart Randall Starr
Roger Anderson Red
Felipe Turich Sanchez
Joe Dominguez Gonzales
John Doucette Whitey
Dick Wessel Deputy
Lane Chandler Sheriff Hardy
William Haade Sheriff Bullock
I. Stanford Jolley Deputy Warren
Charlita Mexican girl in bar
Ralph Sanford Politician
Fuzzy Knight Barber
Fred Graham Ace Maguire
Dick Elliott Storyteller

Technical Credits
Fritz Lang Director
Ken Darby Songwriter
Wiard Ihnen Production Designer
Joe King Costumes/Costume Designer
Don Loper Costumes/Costume Designer
Otto Ludwig Editor
Hal Mohr Cinematographer
Emil Newman Score Composer
Robert Priestley Set Decoration/Design
Daniel Taradash Screenwriter
Howard Welsch Producer
Frank Westmore Makeup

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