Buchanan Rides Alone

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Buchanan Rides Alone
Buchanan Rides Alone FilmPoster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBudd Boetticher
Produced byHarry Joe Brown
Screenplay byCharles Lang
Based onThe Name's Buchanan
1956 novel
by Jonas Ward
CinematographyLucien Ballard
Edited byAl Clark
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • August 1, 1958 (1958-08-01) (USA)
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited States

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.[citation needed]


On his way home from Mexico to West Texas, Tom Buchanan (Randolph Scott) 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.[1]



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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

One hears Craig Stevens, as Abe Carbo, say "Don't just stand there, Amos, get a shovel!", but the original line was "Don't just stand there, Amos, get a spade!" [Verify by reading Steven's lips.]

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.[2]

DVD release[edit]

In 2008 a DVD box set of five Budd Boetticher films starring Randolph Scott was released. Along with Buchanan Rides Alone the set includes Comanche Station, Decision at Sundown, Ride Lonesome, and The Tall T.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nott, Robert. Last Of The Cowboy Heroes: The Westerns Of Randolph Scott, Joel Mccrea, And Audie Murphy. McFarland, 2005, p.128.
  2. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0051437/combined

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