Ride Lonesome (1959); Comanche Station (1960)

Ride Lonesome (1959)
July 21, 2012 - 7:30 pm

Ride Lonesome (1959)

Directed by Budd Boetticher

Boetticher, Kennedy and Scott fire on all pistons in their third outing together in as many years. As Jim Kitses put it, with Ride Lonesome and Comanche Station Boetticher’s narrative and visual form “approach perfection.” Scott plays a bounty hunter using his prisoner to lure in the man’s brother (van Cleef), a killer he’s been after for years. Boetticher ratchets up the tension until the film’s iconic, stunning conclusion.

Colombia Pictures Corp. Producer: Harry Joe Brown. Screenwriter: Burt Kennedy. Cinematographer: Charles Lawton Jr. Editor: Jerome Thoms. Cast: Randolph Scott, Karen Steele, Pernell Roberts, James best, Lee Van Cleef.

35mm, color, 74 min.

Comanche Station (1960)

Directed by Budd Boetticher

As a trader who frees a woman from the Comanches and an outlaw scheming to collect the reward for her, dead or alive, Randolph Scott and Claude Akins circle each other like planets in a collapsing orbit. Comanche Station crystalizes the power of the Ranown films: Every move seems fixed, predetermined by fate but the forces propelling them grow ever more complex beneath the surface.

Columbia Pictures Corp. Producer: Harry Joe Brown. Screenwriter: Burt Kennedy. Cinematographer: Charles Lawton Jr. Editor: Edwin Bryant. Cast: Randolph Scott, Nancy Gates, Claude Akins, Skip Homeier, Richard Rust.

35mm, color, 74 min.