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Copper Canyon (1950)

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Johnny Carter, performing sharpshooter, is asked to help a beleaguered group of copper miners.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Johnny Carter
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Lisa Roselle
Macdonald Carey ...
Deputy Lane Travis
Mona Freeman ...
Caroline Desmond
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Lt. Ord
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Mullins
Hope Emerson ...
Ma Tarbet
Taylor Holmes ...
Theodosius Roberts
Peggy Knudsen ...
Cora
James Burke ...
Jeb Bassett
Percy Helton ...
'Scamper' Joad
Philip Van Zandt ...
Sheriff Wattling (as Philip van Zandt)
Francis Pierlot ...
Moss Balfour
Ernö Verebes ...
Professor
Paul Lees ...
Bat Laverne
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Storyline

A group of copper miners, Southern veterans, are terrorized by local rebel-haters, led by deputy Lane Travis. The miners ask stage sharpshooter Johnny Carter to help them, under the impression that he is the legendary Colonel Desmond. It seems they're wrong; but Johnny's show comes to Coppertown and Johnny romances lovely gambler Lisa Roselle, whom the miners believe is at the center of their troubles. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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22 September 1950 (Australia)  »

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Flammendes Tal  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Johnny Carter: You know, personally, I think there are only three things worth living for: fine guns, good horses and beautiful women.
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COPPER CANYON
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
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Fun Western
30 December 2010 | by (Orlando, United States) – See all my reviews

Ray Milland gives an excellent performance to lift this above most of the Westerns of the period. Milland often lifted movies with his generally laid back style and occasional moments of striking intensity. One thinks of "Dial M for Murder," "X, the Man with X-ray eyes," "Love Story," and his appearances on "Columbo." He is like a great singer who knows you only have to hit a few striking notes to make a memorable song.

His character, Johnny Carter, is a gentle, humorous, trick shooter and vaudeville performer who dislikes violence and enjoys women. The character foreshadows the wonderful gambler, Maverick, that James Gardner would make famous seven or eight years later. Milland has the roguish charm of Cary Grant and a little of the blushing modesty of George Reeve.

Hedy Lamarr doesn't come off quite as well. This movie was two years after her hit movie "Samson and Delilah," She brings only a little of Delilah's sexiness to her role. At moments she does foreshadow Joan Crawford in "Johnny Guitar," but unfortunately there's not enough for her to create a memorable character as Crawford did in that role.

Macdonald Carey shines as a sheriff who abuses his power and gives law and order a bad name. He is not as psychotic as Jack Palance in "Shane," but he does stoop to shooting men in the back and refusing to fight fair.

As others have noted, the Technicolor is good and the movie is pretty fast paced, with enough plot twists and action sequences to hold our attention. Fans of Westerns should enjoy it and fans of acting should appreciate Milland's delightful performance.


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