Buchanan Rides Alone (1958)

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    • Buchanan Rides Alone (1958)





      Plot Summary
      On his way home to West Texas, Tom Buchanan rides into the Californian border town of Agry,
      and into a feud between several members of the Agry family.
      In helping out a Mexican seeking revenge on one of them,
      Buchanan finds himself against the whole family.
      Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

      Randolph Scott ... Tom Buchanan
      Craig Stevens ... Abe Carbo
      Barry Kelley ... Lew Agry
      Tol Avery ... Judge Simon Agry
      Peter Whitney ... Amos Agry
      Manuel Rojas ... Juan de la Vega
      L.Q. Jones ... Pecos Hill (as L. Q. Jones)
      Robert Anderson ... Waldo Peck
      Joe De Santis ... Esteban Gomez
      William Leslie ... Roy Agry
      Jennifer Holden ... K.T.
      Nacho Galindo ... Nacho
      and many more...

      Budd Boetticher

      Writing Credits
      Charles Lang ... (screenplay)
      Jonas Ward ... (novel)
      Burt Kennedy ... (uncredited)

      Harry Joe Brown ... producer
      Randolph Scott ... associate producer

      Lucien Ballard ... director of photography

      Audio/visual unsynchronised
      After the climactic gunfight, with bodies all over the place,
      Craig Stevens is heard saying to Peter Whitney, "Don't just stand there, Amos, get a shovel.
      " But one can clearly see Stevens say, "... get a spade".

      Obviously oscillating shadows in 3 successive scenes (all looking south) indicate poor continuity.
      As Juan de la Vega rides into town toward the Agry Saloon the shadows are toward the right
      indicating a morning shot.
      Right after Roy Agry is shot by Juan, the Sheriff and his men are seen
      running across the street toward the saloon; this time shadows are to the left
      (an afternoon shot) and there are clouds visible.
      A moment later Juan is shown running out of the Saloon and the shadows
      have switched back to the right (morning shot) and the sky has cleared up.

      Errors in geography
      The story is supposed to be set in the California border town of Agry
      but the landscape is populated with the Sahauro cactus which only exist
      north of the Mexican border in the Sonoran Desert where it extends into Southern Arizona
      and the very distinctive jagged volcanic peaks of the Tucson Mountains
      are ever present in the background.

      Revealing mistakes
      In the initial barroom brawl where Tom Buchanan (Randolph Scott) is beat up,
      the man hitting him is swinging and missing by several obvious inches,
      especially the last two punches before Buchanan drops to the floor.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      Sabino Canyon, Tucson, Arizona, USA
      Old Tucson - 201 S. Kinney Road, Tucson, Arizona, USA
      Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA
      Sierrita Mountains, Arizona, USA
      Tucson, Arizona, USA
      Horsehead Road, Tucson, Arizona, USA
      Silver Bell Mountains, Arizona, USA
      Tortolita Mountains, Arizona, USA
      Roskruge Mountains, Arizona, USA
      Tucson Mountains, Arizona, USA

      Watch the Movie

      Buchanan Rides Alone
      Best Wishes
      London- England

      The post was edited 2 times, last by ethanedwards ().

    • Buchanan Rides Alone is a 1958 American Western film directed by Budd Boetticher
      and starring Randolph Scott, Craig Stevens, and Barry Kelley.

      Based on the 1956 novel The Name's Buchanan by Jonas Ward,
      the film is about a Texan returning home with enough money to start his own ranch.
      When he stops in the crooked town of Agry, he is robbed and framed for murder.

      Although the screenplay is credited to Charles Lang, his script was deemed unsuitable,
      so Boetticher asked his regular writer, Burt Kennedy, to rewrite the script.
      Because Lang's wife was gravely ill and he needed the money,
      Kennedy generously allowed him to take the salary and screen credit.
      In a 2001 interview at the Cinecon Film Festival, Boetticher confirmed that the script
      was Kennedy's work, noting that such lines as
      "This sure is a $10 town." and "Don't just stand there, Amos, get a shovel!"
      could only have been written by him.

      A number of music score stock cues used in the production are the same
      as those used in the 1958-1961 TV series Sea Hunt,
      with stock music credits to Mischa Bakaleinikoff, George Duning, Heinz Roemheld,
      and Paul Sawtell


      User Review

      About as good as it gets.
      19 June 2009 | by alan-pratt (United Kingdom)

      alan wrote:

      High quality Boetticher western that succeeds on almost every front.

      Scott is first class, less taciturn than usual and displaying a gift for wry humour not always evident in his performances.
      The supporting cast is well above average and Barry Kelley, Tol Avery and Peter Whitney, in particular, are all excellent, playing their parts to near perfection.

      The scenery, both in and out of the town is wonderfully evocative - cacti to die for! - the guitar music is hauntingly beautiful and the colours are bright and pleasing.

      If I have a criticism at all, it is that the plot is a little too convoluted - too many twists and counter twists - but, in the face of so much that is good, this is but a minor quibble.

      Incidentally, the only women in the production have such tiny roles, they are not even named in the cast list. So no-one "gets the girl" this time round!
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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