James Coburn made his film debut as a naive gunslinger in one the finest of Budd Boetticher’s laconic series of sparsely stylish low-budget Randolph Scott Westerns, shot mostly in and around Lone Pine, California. Burt Kennedy’s ironic script has Scott playing another vengeful loner, this time a bounty hunter trying to take Lee Van Cleef’s outlaw brother, James Best, to face justice in Santa Cruz. The Ranown series, as it’s called, was little noted in its day, but over time has come to represent the apex of the B western.
About John Sayles
John Sayles is an actor, screenwriter, film director and novelist. His most recent novel, A Moment in the Sun, is now available in paperback and his latest feature (his 18th!), Go For Sisters, will attempt to sneak into theaters this September. He would rather watch a good trailer than a bad movie.