Ride, Vaquero!

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Ride, Vaquero!
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Original film poster
Directed by John Farrow
Produced by Stephen Ames
Written by Frank Fenton
Starring Robert Taylor
Ava Gardner
Howard Keel
Anthony Quinn
Kurt Kasznar
Ted de Corsia
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Cinematography Robert Surtees
Edited by Harold F. Kress
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • July 15, 1953 (1953-07-15)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,128,000[1]
Box office $3,427,000[1]

Ride, Vaquero! is a 1953 western film made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). It was directed by John Farrow and produced by Stephen Ames from a screenplay by Frank Fenton and John Farrow. The music score was by Bronislau Kaper and the cinematography by Robert Surtees.

The film stars Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, Anthony Quinn, and Howard Keel with Kurt Kasznar, Ted de Corsia and Jack Elam. Movita appears uncredited in a small role.


Mexican bandit Jose Esqueda resents settlers in the Brownsville, Texas region, and conducts raids against them. He threatens to burn down homes, including the ranch house King Cameron has just built for his wife Cordelia.

Rio, raised like a brother to Esqueda, joins forces with him at first. But in time he forms a partnership with Cameron instead, and even saves his life, although Cordelia continues not to trust him.

Complications arise when Cordelia's distrust turns to desire. Cameron must save both his property and his marriage after Esqueda goes on a rampage, robbing Brownsville's bank and killing the sheriff.

Shot several times by Esqueda and close to death, Cameron is once again saved by Rio, who confronts Esqueda in a final gunfight. Cameron forgives Cordelia for her feelings toward Rio.



According to MGM records the film earned $1,834,000 in the US and Canada and $1,593,000 elsewhere resulting in a profit of $895,000.[1]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .

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