Ride Lonesome

Director: Budd Boetticher
Year Released: 1959
Rating: 3.0

Former Sheriff Ben Brigade (Randolph Scott) nabs wanted murderer Billy John (James Best) and is planning to take him to Santa Cruz, but on the way there he runs into recently widowed Mrs. Carrie Lane (Karen Steele) as well as Sam Boone (Pernell Roberts) and Whit (James Coburn) who accompany him on his journey ... but Billy's rogue brother Frank (Lee Van Cleef) is about to catch up with them.  As with the other entries in what's referred to as the Ranown Cycle, this has a trim running time (73 minutes) but is told with great efficiency, and the characters have their own agendas: Brigade wants the bounty, Sam and Whit think they can get amnesty for capturing Billy and almost everyone - including the Native Americans - lusts after Mrs. Lane.  The follow up to this, 1960's Comanche Station, attempts to do a "remix" of the story, but isn't nearly as memorable ... and missing the presence of Coburn and Van Cleef doesn't help either.