Ride Lonesome

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Ride Lonesome
Ride Lonesome 1959 Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Budd Boetticher
Produced by Budd Boetticher
Written by Burt Kennedy
Music by Heinz Roemheld
Cinematography Charles Lawton Jr.
Edited by Jerome Thoms
Columbia Pictures
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s)
  • February 15, 1959 (1959-02-15) (USA)
Running time 73 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Ride Lonesome is a 1959 Western film directed by Budd Boetticher and starring Randolph Scott, Karen Steele, Pernell Roberts, Lee Van Cleef, and James Coburn. This Eastmancolor film is one of Boetticher's so-called "Ranown cycle" of westerns, made with Randolph Scott, executive producer Harry Joe Brown and screenwriter Burt Kennedy, beginning with Seven Men from Now.[1][2] The film marked the screen debut of James Coburn.[3]


Bounty hunter Ben Brigade (Randolph Scott) captures wanted outlaw Billy John (James Best), who brags that his brother Frank (Lee Van Cleef) will never allow Brigade to take Billy John to justice in Santa Cruz, California. Along the way, Brigade comes to the rescue of a woman, Carrie Lane (Karen Steele), whom he and a pair of unwelcome new partners, gunmen Sam Boone (Pernell Roberts) and his friend Whit (James Coburn), take along toward safety. But Brigade knows that the reward on Billy John's head is the real motive behind Sam's and Whit's arrival, and that outlaw leader Frank won't be far behind.



  1. ^ Wilmington, Michael (1992-11-29). "Tall in the Director's Chair Budd Boetticher made some of the best-remembered Westerns of '50s and '60s; they don't make 'em like that (or him) anymore". Los Angeles Times. p. 4. 
  2. ^ "Randolph Scott is dead at 89; Laconic cowboy-film actor". The New York Times. 1987-03-03. 
  3. ^ Miller, Ron (1995-01-22). "Coburn's Comfort Zone at Home in Western with Heston and Berenger Supporting". San Jose Mercury News: p. 6.

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