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Canyon Passage (1946)

Passed | | Western | 17 July 1946 (USA)
Businessman Logan Stuart is torn between his love of two very different women in 1850's Oregon and his loyalty to a compulsive gambler friend who goes over the line.

Director:

Jacques Tourneur

Writers:

Ernest Haycox (adapted from the Saturday Evening Post novel "Canyon Passage"), Ernest Pascal (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dana Andrews ... Logan Stuart
Brian Donlevy ... George Camrose
Susan Hayward ... Lucy Overmire
Patricia Roc ... Caroline Marsh
Ward Bond ... Honey Bragg
Hoagy Carmichael ... Hi Linnet
Fay Holden ... Mrs. Overmire
Stanley Ridges ... Jonas Overmire
Lloyd Bridges ... Johnny Steele
Andy Devine ... Ben Dance
Victor Cutler ... Vane Blazier
Rose Hobart ... Marta Lestrade
Halliwell Hobbes ... Clenchfield
James Cardwell ... Gray Bartlett
Onslow Stevens ... Jack Lestrade
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Storyline

In 1856, backwoods businessman Logan Stuart escorts Lucy Overmire, his friend's fiancée, back home to remote Jacksonville, Oregon; in the course of the hard journey, Lucy is attracted to Logan, whose heart seems to belong to another. Once arrived in Jacksonville, a welter of subplots involve villains, fair ladies, romantic triangles, gambling fever, murder, a cabin-raising, and vigilantism...culminating with an Indian uprising that threatens all the settlers. No canyon in sight. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Every Exciting Character ! Every dangerous moment ...

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Dana Andrews would work with director Jacques Tourneur a decade later in Curse of the Demon (1957) and The Fearmakers (1958). See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, after Logan deposits his gold, he is shown crossing the street in the rain. In the long shot he gets one foot on the sidewalk, but in the next closer shot he is still a few feet from the sidewalk and then steps onto it again. See more »

Quotes

Logan Stuart: This is Jacksonville, Clench. U.S.A. We sail with the tide.
Clenchfield: All Americans think that. They think the tide flows forever for them. But mark, me, Logan... gold veins run out, crops fail, men starve, wars come.
Logan Stuart: And businesses fail... until we get a new deck and deal again.
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Crazy Credits

In place of the glittering black-&-white Art Deco glass globe ("A Universal Picture") with rotating stars that opened Universal films from 1937-46, this early Universal Technicolor film opens with a still card, a colored globe with letters superimposed: "A Universal Picture". See more »

Connections

Edited into Bend of the River (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

OLE BUTTERMILK SKY
By Hoagy Carmichael & Jack Brooks
Sung by Hoagy Carmichael (uncredited)
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A Great Frontier Movie
31 March 2004 | by daytimer59See all my reviews

I never did think of "Canyon Passage" as a western -- more like a frontier-homesteader movie, but it still had the adventure and drama that makes a fine film. I agree with those that said there is something mysteriously appealing about this film, as I have remembered it since it came out in 1946 when so many other movies have long faded from memory. Ward Bond was not known for playing villains, and this performance was truly scary and sinister. Lloyd Bridges plays the friendly good guy that characterized his roles, and Dana Andrews is perfectly cast as the leader. The film is rather hard to find, and I am hoping a DVD will one day be available. It is well worth watching and collecting.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,623,925 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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