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Il ranch degli spietati

From The Spaghetti Western Database

Il ranch degli spietati (Spain, Italy, West Germany 1964 / Directors: Jaime Jesús Balcázar, Roberto Bianchi Montero)

  • Runtime: 98 min
  • Release Date: 11.3.1965

Also known as

Oklahoma John (Spain) | Ranch of the Ruthless (U.S.A.) | The Man from Oklahoma (U.S.A.) | A Man, a Horse and a Gun (English version) | Der Sheriff von Rio Rojo (Germany) | Violence à Oklahoma (France) | O Homem de Oklahoma (Portugal)

Cast and crew

  • Cast: Richard Hornbeck [as Rick Horn](Sheriff Oklahoma John/Dan Cross / Thomas Hunter), José Calvo [as Joseph Calvo](Ryan/Rod Edwards), Sabine Bethmann (Georgiana White), Tom Felleghy [as Tom Felleghi](Steve Watson), Karl-Otto Alberty [as Charles Alberty](Hondo), Jesús Puche (Benjamin Franklin 'Chuck' Everett), George Herzig [as Georges Herzig](Jim Edwards), Fernando Rubio [as Ted Ruby](Jose, Mexican father), Eduardo Lizarza [as Edward Lewis](Edwards houseman), Leontine May (Ms Hogg), Giuseppe Addobbati [as John McDouglas](Ken Hogg)
  • Also with: Remo de Angelis (Michael, deputy), Juan Torres (Owens, teller), Carmen Gallen (woman on sidewalk ?), Maria De Nieva, Ivan Scratuglia
  • Story: Giuseppe Maggi
  • Screenplay: Giovanni Simonelli [as Simon O'Neil], Roberto Bianchi Montero [as Robert M. White]
  • Cinematographer: Giuseppe La Torre [as Jospeh L. Tower] [Eastmancolor - Techniscope 2,35:1]
  • Music: Francesco De Masi [as Frank Mason]
  • Song: "Oklahoma John" sung by I Cantori Moderni di Alessandroni
  • Producers: Giuseppe & Mario Maggi, Fernando Russo, Alfonso Balcazar

The Film

A new sheriff (Oklahoma John or Dan - or Oklahoma for short, he says, though most of the cast refer to him as Dan) arrives in town and walks smack into trouble. He's determined to clean up the town and put an end to the reign of terror perpetrated by the hired hands (and bratty, drunken son) of local despotic landowner Edwards. Gaining two unlikely "deputies", he also investigates the murder of the father of local girl (and potential love interest) Georgina White. The main suspects are Edwards, head ranch hand Hondo, perpetually drunk and whining son Jim and an oily saloon owner called Watson (who warns him not to put the moves on Georgina). - Silver


Nothing remarkable here but competently done. The sheriff looks a bit on the dim side and seems a little too lighthearted in manner, but that's a minor quibble - Silver