All Elements But Writing In Place: Buchanan Rides Alone (1958)
TheScott/Brown/Boettichers needed that fourth
name, writer Burt Kennedy, to cinch a western win, as those he didn't pen are
clear the weakest. Buchanan is one, Charles Lang the credited
scenarist, though Kennedy later claimed he was brought in to effect
narrative/dialogue rescue. Still, it's better than run-of-the-saddle Scotts
going back to a war's end when Randy put on spurs to exclusion of all else
characterization. You can ride along withBuchanan till bog of a third act makes hash of good stuff that came
before, a weak finish recalling for me what kept BRA out of the Tall T class.
These S/B/B's being made so quick (two-three weeks) probably kept such from mattering so
much, and the lord knows, showmen didn't care so long as prints arrived on schedule
and terms were fair. What a shame the series didn't get critic kudos so rich
deserved, later cineaste recognition a scant compensation, though it did allow for bows taken by Boetticher and Kennedy in autumn years.
Buchanan has begun showing up, with others of the group, on Sony's HD channel
and Retroplex. So far, all look terrific.