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Ride Lonesome

Tuesday, June 27, 2023, 7:30 p.m., Dryden Theatre

(Budd Boetticher, US 1959, 73 min., 35mm)

Randolph Scott is bounty hunter Ben Brigade, escorting Billy John (James Best) to town to be tried for murder, but taking his time. What he really wants is for Billy John’s brother, Frank (Lee Van Cleef) to catch up to them so that he can seek revenge for his wife’s murder. Tense and filled with surprising reversals and double-crosses, Ride Lonesome is the best of the collaborations between star Scott, writer Burt Kennedy, and director Budd Boetticher made at Columbia Pictures.