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- David MacNab
"Ride Lonesome" is a superior "B" western in every way. Randolph Scott plays his role with a decidedly hard edge and does a great job, as does the superb supporting cast, especially James Best and Pernell Roberts. Good story, great screenwriting with a few nice human touches, and beautiful photography make for an interesting, entertaining movie from beginning to end. Definitely under-rated, consider it a must see.
This movie is short but sweet; Scott is the iconic strong and silent type, Steele is beautiful but hardly a damsel in distress. The supporting cast is terrific, especially Pernell Roberts as the "reformed" bad guy. The cinematography is drop-dead gorgeous, and there's some surprisingly witty dialogue in a fairly terse script that relies more on action than words. Only flaw as far as I'm concerned: Scott is a little too strong and silent to be truly sympathetic, and in the end I found myself caring for the plight of Boone (Roberts) and Witt (Coburn) more than Brigade (Scott). In that sense the movie almost ended too soon (and yeah, I know the closing scene is one of the most famous in Western history) but I would have liked to know what happened after they split up.
- Gary D
This is a true classic Western and shows Scott at his laconic best. He is a man of few words, great action, and you can see that this is the character from which Eastwood derived his Western persona. The cinematography is superb -- no indoor scenes at all -- and the dialogue is short, true to the genre. This also marks the debut of James Coburn, and features Pernell Roberts of "Bonanza" fame. A small note: Karen Steele was married to Boetticher at the time of the movie.
A Randolph Scott gem
- Jerome Goolsby
This movie is one of the Boetticher/Scott series that are now considered classics of the Western genre. This movie is taut, well paced, and tells an excellent tale. Boetticher once said that you'd never see Scott do something in one of their movies that was not completely believable, and that is very true in this film. This movie is a must for any fan of the Western.
ONE OF THE GREATEST WESTERNS EVER MADE!
- Chris Casey
With a brisk running time of 74 mintues, Budd Boetticher's brilliant direction, Burt Kenedy's outstanding script, the flawless mixing of action, drama, and dark humor---RIDE LONESOME doesn't get the chance to be dull. Apart from the always great Randolph Scott, the film also sports outstanding performances from some of the genres greatest talents (Pernell Roberts, James Coburn, and Lee Van Cleef). There is not a wasted moment in RIDE LONESOME and it contains some of the best character banter this side of Sam Peckinpah. An excellent Western that should be seen by anyone and everyone even remotely interested in the genre.
One of the Worst Westerns Ever Made
- Brent Rohde
Burt Kennedy's story/script--about a bounty hunter's plans, actions, and conflicts--does not deliver: it is talky, dull, and digressive. Budd Boetticher's direction is slack and self-indulgent; the film's pacing is sluggish to a disgusting degree. The acting by the film's principals--Randolph Scott, Karen Steele, Pernell Roberts, James Best, and Lee Van Cleef--lacks animation and conviction. (Incidentally, James Coburn's motion-picture debut here reveals little if any evidence of his talent.) The ONLY favorable thing that can be said for Ride Lonesome is Charles Lawton Jr.'s outstanding cinematography. His camera's capture of the scenery (the beautiful Sierra Nevada country as well as Karen Steele) shows an expert's sensitive touch.