Ride Lonesome is one of the many Budd Boetticher/Randolph Scott westerns that defined both men’s careers. I haven’t seen any of the others, so I can’t say why this one over any other film was worthy of the list, but I suppose the collaboration was so fruitful and well-standing that it warranted representation in some fashion. The list has plenty of westerns, so I don’t know why this one is above other would-be list films, because other than how western it is there’s really not much else going for it.
This is such an typical western that it almost grows tedious and stretches the patience. I could understand why this one chose to be so westerny; a product of the times, no doubt, but that doesn’t mean it holds up particularly well for those who don’t care for westerns, and they’re very hit or miss for me. The script absolutely drips western from every pore, so again, if you don’t care for westerns, this may be one to wisely stay away from.
Regardless, the film is well done at least, but it’s such a genre defined movie that it’s very hard to talk about. If you’re a fan of westerns, you’ll find another one to like here; if not, there’s really nothing else here that would pique your interest.
Arbitrary Rating: 7/10