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Devil's Canyon (1953)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Drama | 13 August 1953 (USA)
In 1897 Arizona, an ex-marshal is sent to the territorial prison where many of his enemies, among guards and inmates alike, are eager for a chance at payback.

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(as Alfred Werker)

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(screenplay), (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Abby Nixon
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Billy Reynolds
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Jessie Gorman
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Frank Taggert
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Warden Steve Morgan
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Colonel Jorge Gomez
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Virgil Gates
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Sheriff
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Dr. Betts
William 'Bill' Phillips ...
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Joe
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Ex-marshal Billy Reynolds, sent to state prison for killing two men in self defense, learns that killer Jessie Gorman, brother of the two men Billy shot, is in the same prison and vows revenge. Complicating matters further is the incarceration of Gorman's girlfriend Abby who helps Gorman plan an escape while at the same time is unsuccessful hiding her feelings for Reynolds. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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500 desperate men caged-up with one woman! See more »


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13 August 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Arizona Outpost  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Goofs

Earlier in the movie one of the prisoners attempts to escape by climbing a wall, but he is gunned down by a prison guard using a Gatling gun. The Gatling gun fires numerous rounds at or around the prisoner and the wall he is climbing, yet absolutely no bullet holes or impact splinters are seen. Later in the film, the same Gatling gun is fired numerous times at a wall: this time, the expected bullet holes and impact fragments are clearly evident. See more »

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Colonel Jorge Gomez: [as newly arrived prisoners Billy Reynolds, Virgil Gates and Frank Taggert enter their assigned prison cell] Ah, welcome, senores. Come in. Sit down, please. You will never regret choosing this cell, amigos. The company is delightful, the food superb.
Frank Taggert: I hope he don't turn out to be one of them *talkin'* Mexicans.
Colonel Jorge Gomez: Only when there is something interesting to say. And who has ever seen the day when this is not true?
Frank Taggert: I've seen so many of them days, I couldn't count 'em on one calendar.
Colonel Jorge Gomez: I am Jorge ...
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Opening credits: Arizona Territory in 1897 was the last of the old frontier. The story we are about to tell is well known to historians. Names have been changed but the lust and brutality, the love and sacrifice of the people involved remain unchanged. The woman outlaw and her lovers belong now to folklore - - in 1897 they lived. See more »

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Paint-by-numbers oater
5 February 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This routine oater sees eye-catching Virginia Mayo aiding a gang of outlaws in a small desert town by helping to arrange a massive jailbreak. It's a strictly by-the-numbers affair, featuring characters segregated into either the good or bad, and a particular cheapness to the sets. RKO Pictures were well known for churning out low budget programmer after low budget programmer and DEVIL'S CANYON is a good example of their 'shoot fast for a quick buck' mentality.

The movie features a number of notable character actors from the era, including Whit Bissell, Morris Ankrum and Irving Bacon, but only Dale Robertson, as the upstanding hero, is given much of a character, while Mayo seems to be relegated to the role of clothes horse for much of the running time.

Things do pick up with a couple of decent shoot-outs and an elaborate, large-scale climax which doesn't disappointment, but by the looks of it the gimmicky 3D fails to make much, if any, of an impact other than in the opening titles.


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