What Is a Western? Film Series Rancho Notorious (1952)

Part of the series What is a Western? Film Series

Saturday, May 14, 2022, 1:30 p.m.

The Autry: Wells Fargo Theater

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Free for Autry Members | Museum Admission Included With Ticket
Reservations Recommended | Space Is Limited
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About the Event

Rancho Notorious, one of the most unusual American Westerns of the 1950s, saw two of German cinema’s greatest exports Marlene Dietrich and Fritz Lang, join forces at last. Dietrich commands the film as the owner of a ranch that serves as a haven for outlaws, where she demands a cut of their loot and a complete adherence to her ironclad rules. It’s a tale of murder and revenge in a stylized West with a healthy dose of film noir from one of its masters.

Introduced by Felicity Flesher and Clarence Pruitt, hosts of Film Frontier podcast

Directed by Fritz Lang | Starring Marlene Dietrich, Arthur Kennedy, and Mel Ferrer

Screenplay by Daniel Taradash| Based on a story by Silvia Richards


The What is a Western? Film Series explores the wide range of movies that can be considered Westerns, and the ways in which they shape our understanding of the American West. Each screening includes a guest lecturer who will introduce the film and explain its significance in the genre.