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Rim of the Canyon (1949)

Approved | | Action, Comedy, Music | 1 July 1949 (USA)
Gene Autry's stolen horse turns up in a ghost town where Gene goes after he is left stranded during a stagecoach race.



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Complete credited cast:
Champ, Gene's Horse (as Champion World's Wonder Horse)
Ruth Lambert
Big Tim Hanlon
Loco John
Jake Fargo
Pete Reagan (as Jock O'Mahoney)
Charlie Lewis
Matt Kimbrough


Gene Autry's horse "Champion" (Champion) is stolen by escaped convicts Jake Fargon (Walter Sande), Pete Reagon (Jock Mahoney) and Charlie Lewis (Francis McDonald). Twenty years earlier Fargo and Lewis had been captured by City Marshal Steve Autry (Gene Autry)and sent to prison after the theft of $30,000 from "Big Tim" Hanlon (Thurston Hall), a bonanza king. Gene (Gene Autry)traces the convicts to the ghost town in which the loot had been hidden way, where he also finds Hanlon and school teacher Ruth Lambert (Nan Leslie). Loco John (Clem Bevans)warns Gene the killers are around. The convicts pursue Gene and his friends through the spooky buildings. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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GENE'S AS FAST AS A PHANTOM ON THE DRAW...as he smokes out killers in a ghost town! (original print ad) See more »


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Release Date:

1 July 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Valle del odio  »

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$46,784 (estimated)

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| (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Edited into Six Gun Theater: Rim of the Canyon (2016) See more »


Rim Of The Canyon
Written by Hy Heath and Johnny Lange
Sung by Gene Autry
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An original story and an excellent supporting cast make this one of Autry's better films.
29 September 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I have watched a ton of B-westerns lately--mostly those films by old reliable series stars like Roy Rogers, Tim McCoy, Hoot Gibson and Gene Autry. While they are fun and entertaining, a major problem about them is that all too often the plots are either VERY recycled and familiar or they just don't seem that important. Too often singing and formula seem THE most important thing about the films. However, sometimes these stars make a film that stands out because it's original--and "Rim of the Canyon" is such a movie.

The first thing you need to know is that NOTHING about the title has anything to do with the film! Don't worry--it's still good. The film begins with Gene in a wagon race with a very young Alan Hale, Jr.--and Hale sabotages Gene's wagon to win! As a result of his wagon falling apart, Gene is left stranded--and the nearest town is a ghost town. However, when he arrives he finds the local school teacher. It seems she loves the old place AND likes to come and talk with a ghost!! Gene naturally suspects it's not a ghost--and perhaps the lady is wacky! At around the same time, three evil criminals escape from prison. Not only did Gene's father capture them (which you see in a flashback) but while Gene is racing, they steel his beloved horse, Champion! Eventually, this Einstein-like horse escapes and the three desperadoes end up in this ghost town. Considering they have a deep hatred of Gene's dad, they decide to do the next best thing and kill Gene...and his friends. I say friends because in addition to the teacher (Nan Leslie), there is a goofy old man named 'Loco John' (Clem Bevans) and the 'ghost' (Thurston Hall)! All four face certain death unless SOMETHING happens to stop these baddies.

As you can see, the plot sure is different. But there were several things I liked about this in addition. Hall was simply great. You can't help but be charmed by his sweet character--and Bevans is his usual cantankerous character as well---and they both added a lot to the film. Leslie was also quite nice--playing a different sort of romantic lead--one who was odd but very likable and sexy. As for Gene, he was quite good because he was not so invulnerable as some cowboys--he takes a few licks but comes back swinging--and did a reasonable amount of his own stunts. My only complaint, and it's a minor one, is the cliché of having Gene play his father in a flashback scene. Identical family members almost never occurs in real life--but is a common staple in B-movies! Still, if that's my biggest complaint, then I have no serious qualms about recommending this genuinely fun film. If you like the genre, see this movie!

By the way, if you do see this film, pay attention to what Champion does at the end of the movie. I have NEVER seen a horse do this sort of thing and it sure made for a dark but unique ending. See what I mean for yourself.

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