Ride Lonesome is a star-studded western filled with drama and action. Ben Brigade (Randolph Scott) is a stern-talking bounty hunter with a big gun. He is assigned to bring in the impetuous Billy (James Best), but knows that wild Comanche tribesmen and Billy’s brother, Frank (Lee Van Cleef), are on his tail. He enlists the help of Sam (Pernell Roberts) and Whit (James Coburn), but they have their own motivations for coming along for the ride. Ride Lonesome is a classic western from the legendary director Budd Boetticher. —Sony Pictures
A college athlete, Oscar Boetticher Jr. became a matador in Mexico in the mid 1930s. He entered the Hollywood film industry as a technical advisor on the 1941 version of Blood and Sand and then became an assistant director. Boetticher made his directing debut in 1944, and after helming a series of low-budget films, made the semi-autobiographical The Bullfighter and the Lady in 1951. He signed the film as Budd Boetticher, the name he would work under for the rest of his career. Boetticher showed real ability directing actioners and crime films, but his greatest impact was with a series of westerns starring Randolph Scott, most of which were produced by Harry Joe Brown and scripted by future director Burt Kennedy. These films, such as The Tall T and Ride Lonesome, are distinguished by their tight pacing, strong casts, and sly strains of humor. Boetticher spent most of the 1960s trying to raise money for a documentary of Mexican bullfighter Carlos Arruza. Before the shooting was completed… read more
A classic Western, full of morality, mortality and psychology, that deserves more love from the general public.