Genre Guesstimation – Rancho Notorious (1952)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Catherine of Thoughts All Sorts. We will be reviewing our favorite Westerns set in the “old West” – so, that excludes Contemporary Westerns i.e. No Country for Old Men, Hud, Desperado, Junior Bonner etc.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Jan by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Catherine!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Western Movies…

rancho-notorious“Go away and come back ten years ago. ” – Altar

Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 Jan 2017)

Brief Synopsis – After his fiancee is killed by thieves during a robbery, a lone man tracks them down and joins their gang with the goal of killing the man responsible for her death.

My Take on it – When doing research for this months GG, I came across a few references to this film and it definitely piqued my interest.

I really enjoyed the premise of the film and it worked so well.

What was great about this film tho was the fact that it was done in a very unconventional way because it includes many elements that give it the normal, usual Western feel, yet also includes many fringe Western elements that were not very common in films of the 1950’s.

This film isn’t very long and they did a great job keeping things focused on the story which gives us a thrilling ride to watch as it unfolds.

If this is the kind of film that Fritz Lang made, I definitely should check out some more of his filmography.

Bottom Line – Great premise that works so well.  They do an excellent job of giving us the known Western feeling along with some more fringe elements not usually introduced in old westerns. Loved how they kept thing short and focused giving us such a thrilling ride. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Director Fritz Lang had originally planned to call this film “Chuck-a-Luck”. However, the studio insisted that its name be changed to “Rancho Notorious” and when Lang asked why, he was told that it was because Americans wouldn’t understand what “Chuck-a-Luck” (a gambling game commonly played in saloons in the Southwest) meant. Lang replied, “Well, it’s a good thing that they all know what ‘Rancho Notorious’ [which has nothing to do with anything in the film] means!”  (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Most definitely.  This is such a great revenge western and it works so well the whole way through.

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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