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Pursued (1947)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance, Thriller  |  2 March 1947 (USA)
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Brought up by a neighboring family in the 1880s, an orphan grows up haunted by nightmares of a childhood trauma in which his own family was killed.

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Mrs. Callum
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Grant Callum
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Jake Dingle
John Rodney ...
Adam Callum
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Prentice
Clifton Young ...
The Sergeant
Ernest Severn ...
Charles Bates ...
Adam, age 11
Peggy Miller ...
Norman Jolley ...
A Callum
Lane Chandler ...
A Callum
Elmer Ellingwood ...
A Callum
Jack Montgomery ...
A Callum
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After his family is murdered in the 1880s, orphan Jeb Rand is raised by the Callum family on their nearby horse ranch. He remains haunted by this childhood trauma in a recurring nightmare of flashing spurs and confinement inside a trap door as his family is slaughtered. Widow Callum does her best to make Jeb feel loved as he is growing up, but the young man stubbornly maintains a sense of his own identity. While he has great affection for his foster-sister Thor, his relationship with her brother Adam is tenuous at best, especially when Jeb blames him for shooting a colt that he was riding. Although Mrs. Callum blames the incident on deer hunters, she is aware that the it was actually the attempted murder of the youngster by her brother-in-law Grant, a shadowy figure who, for vague reasons, is determined to harm Jeb. Jeb loses a coin flip with Adam, and becomes the designated family volunteer to fight in the Spanish-American War. Jeb returns a hero, but does not find happiness. ... Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Robert Mitchum fights for the love of three people who want to see him dead...his family.


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Trivia

Film was screened on May 31, 2013 at the Rubin Museum of Art in Manhattan, especially to showcase the acting of star Robert Mitchum and the way director Raoul Walsh displayed the influence of Orson Welles with the movie's "crushing angles and looming close-ups." Made after WWII, the movie dramatizes a veteran's return home--after the Spanish-American War--almost 50 years earlier. See more »

Goofs

Although some of the outdoor vistas are breathtaking, the standard establishing shot of the ranch is shot indoors with a quite obvious painted canvas backdrop. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Callum: [to Jeb] A person's gotta find his own answers. We're alone... each of us. Each in a different way.
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Referenced in 'El Chicko' - der Verdacht (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Danny Boy
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Lyrics by Frederick Weatherly set to traditional "Londonderry Air"
Sung by Robert Mitchum and John Rodney
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Outstanding Noir Western
20 August 1999 | by (Tujunga, CA) – See all my reviews

Outstanding music and cinematography create a mood of brooding suspense which slowly builds throughout the movie. Dean Jagger is great as the sinister presence haunting Robert Mitchum. You don't have to be a western fan to enjoy this film - it is more of a suspense film than a western. Highly recommended.


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Feels more like film noir than a western scheelj1
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