A strangely humorous film, although I can't say if that was Lang's intention. In this film Marlene Dietrich (Altar Keane)is playing her classic feme fetal role. Also, with a name like Altar Keane I don't know if it was intentional on the part of Fritz Lang to give her a name that has a hidden meaning, for example an altar is a place were you take sacrifices, this is precisely what Altar Keane expected from her outlaws. These men, if they expected to hide out at Rancho Notorious had to give up 10% of their loot. Madness, vengence and obsession unhinge the narrative but also drive it forward, its as if the story is the double of an interior state of mindand the creation of an obsession. The film tells a story of a legend, a legend already written, the characters are caught in a fate determined in advance by a legend that is the story of their fate, of the unavoidable turns of the wheel of fortune, the 'chuck-a-luck' of the opening ballad.