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Canyon Passage (1946)

Passed | | Drama, 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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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:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tierra generosa See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,623,925 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,263,651, 31 December 1946
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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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Trivia

"The Hedda Hopper Show - This Is Hollywood" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 19, 1946 with Susan Hayward reprising her film role. 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

Ben Dance: If you want to catch a man, you got to work at it.
Lucy Overmire: I want no man I have to catch.
Ben Dance: Why sure, you catch him and he catches you. A man always figures that he does the catching. The truth is, it's the woman that brings him up on the rope... and him not quite knowing it.
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Crazy Credits

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Soundtracks

SILVER SADDLE
Music and Lyrics by Hoagy Carmichael
Sung by Hoagy Carmichael (uncredited)
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Stand-out , colorful Western well acted and compellingly directed by expert Jacques Tourneur
17 August 2018 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This excellent , meaty Western contains interesting plot ,thrills , brawls , shoot'em up and is quite entertaining . A great Western with some impressive action and spectacular scenario .It deals with businessman Logan Stuart (Dana Andrews) who falls for Lucy who happens to be the fiancee of his friend , banker/gambler Camsrose (Brian Donlevy) . Then Logan is torn between his love of two very different women (Susan Hayward , Patricia Roc) in 1850's Oregon and his loyalty to his friend who gets into money troubles . There is also a nasty villain called Bragg (Ward Bond) who takes on Logan and a thrilling battle against Indians . Every Exciting Character ! Every dangerous moment ...

Rip-roaring Western set in Oregon territory , Portland , 1856 . Moving Western including colorful exteriors , fist-fight between Dana Andrews and Ward Bond as well as a pulsating and violent Indian raid and tuneful melodies . Adding some unforgettable scenes as the building a house carried out the neighborhood similarly many years later in ¨Witness 1985 by Peter Weir . Dana Andrews delivers a sober acting as a former scout turned store owner . Brian Donlevy gives a fine interpretation as a compulsive gambler friend who goes over the line. Hoagy Carmichael that appears as a top-hatted role aptly named Linnet , chirping some songs that include the memorable Buttermilk sky . Carmichael serves as the wandering ministrel to the action . Support cast is frankly excellent , such as : Fay Holden , Andy Devine , Stanley Ridges ,Onslow Stevens , Rose Hobert , Chief Yowlachie , Ray Teal and Lloyd Bridges .

Sensitive as well as catchy score by maestro Frank Skinner , including four songs sung by Carmichael . Strikingly filmed in color by Edward Cronjager . Being lavishly produced by Walter Wanger and associate producer : Alexander Golitzen , a prestigious production designer . Based on the homonymous novel by Ernest Haycox , the picture was well directed by Jacques Tourneur who was best known for his horror films .The underrated filmmaker Jacques Tourneur , though the present-day he is better considered , he was a prolific craftsman who directed some masterpieces . Jacques directed all kinds of genres , such as Terror : ¨Curse of demon¨, ¨I Walked with a Zombie¨, ¨Leopard man¨ , ¨Cat people¨, ¨Comedy of terrors¨ ; Film Noir :¨Out the past¨, ¨Berlin express¨, ¨Experiment perilous¨ , ¨Nightfall¨ and Adventure : ¨The giant of Marathon¨ , ¨Tombuctú¨, ¨Martin the gaucho¨ , ¨Anne of the Indians¨ and ¨The flame and the arrow¨.In Western genre he made 5 films : This masterpiece titled ¨Canyon passage¨(1946) , ¨Star in my Crown¨(1950) , ¨Stranger on horseback¨, also with Joel McCrea , ¨Wichita¨(1955) with Joel McCrea as Wyatt Earp formerly to OK Corral duel and ¨Great day in the morning¨ with Robert Stack dealing with facing Union and Confederation . He finally directed episodes of ¨Norhwest passage¨ (1958) titled Frontier Rangers , Fury River and Mission of danger . Rating : 7.5/10 , Well worth watching


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