The Ranown Westerns

The Ranown Westerns

7 Episodes

A crucial link between the classicism of John Ford and the postmodern revisionism of Sam Peckinpah, the string of westerns made by Budd Boetticher and actor Randolph Scott in the late 1950s—known as the Ranown cycle after Scott’s production company—represent one of the great director-star collaborations in Hollywood history. All written, with the exception of DECISION AT SUNDOWN and BUCHANAN RIDES ALONE, by expert screenwriter Burt Kennedy, the films made the most of their lean production values, achieving an expressively stripped-down stylistic purity that served to heighten their psychological tension. With Scott cast in each film as a taciturn loner pitted against a memorably complex adversary, the Ranown westerns display an extraordinary thematic and stylistic coherence that mark them as the work of a true, underappreciated auteur.

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The Ranown Westerns
  • Seven Men from Now

    Episode 1

    Directed by Budd Boetticher • 1956 • United States
    Starring Randolph Scott, Gail Russell, Lee Marvin

    The hunt is on for seven murderous rogues who robbed a Wells Fargo freight station of $20,000, killing a clerk in the process. Stoic, no-nonsense ex-lawmen Ben Stride (Randolph Scott, in the firs...

  • The Tall T

    Episode 2

    Directed by Budd Boetticher • 1957 • United States
    Starring Randolph Scott, Richard Boone, Maureen O'Sullivan

    One of the high points of Budd Boetticher’s collaboration with actor Randolph Scott was adapted by screenwriter Burt Kennedy from a short story by Elmore Leonard. After losing his horse ...

  • Decision at Sundown

    Episode 3

    Directed by Budd Boetticher • 1957 • United States
    Starring Randolph Scott, John Carroll, Karen Steele

    Driven by a furious need for revenge, gunman Bart Allison (Randolph Scott) arrives in the small town of Sundown with one objective in mind: to kill local boss Tate Kimbrough (John Carroll)—whom...

  • Buchanan Rides Alone

    Episode 4

    Directed by Budd Boetticher • 1958 • United States
    Starring Randolph Scott, Craig Stevens, Jennifer Holden

    Lighter in tone than the other films in director Budd Boetticher’s series of Ranown westerns, this good-natured oater stars Randolph Scott as taciturn cowboy Tom Buchanan, who rides into th...

  • Ride Lonesome

    Episode 5

    Directed by Budd Boetticher • 1959 • United States
    Starring Randolph Scott, Karen Steele, Pernell Roberts

    Though bounty hunter Ben Brigade (Randolph Scott) captures the young desperado Billy John (James Best), it’s his captive’s older brother Frank (Lee Van Cleef), a notorious murderer, who’s hi...

  • Comanche Station

    Episode 6

    Directed by Budd Boetticher • 1960 • United States
    Starring Randolph Scott, Nancy Gates, Claude Akins

    The final film in the celebrated cycle of westerns director Budd Boetticher made with star Randolph Scott casts the actor as rugged loner Jefferson Cody, who comes to the rescue of a woman (Nanc...

  • Budd Boetticher: Study in Self-Determination

    Episode 7

    In 1971, Taylor Hackford, then a young producer and filmmaker at KCET, the public broadcasting station in Los Angeles, convinced station management to let him make a one-hour program about his friend Budd Boetticher, the director of the highly acclaimed series of feature films known as the Ranown...