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Pursued (1947)

Approved | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 1947 (Germany)
A boy haunted by nightmares about the night his entire family was murdered is brought up by a neighboring family in the 1880s. He falls for his lovely adoptive sister but his nasty adoptive brother and mysterious uncle want him dead.

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writer:

Niven Busch (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Teresa Wright ... Thor Callum
Robert Mitchum ... Jeb Rand
Judith Anderson ... Mrs. Callum
Dean Jagger ... Grant Callum
Alan Hale ... Jake Dingle
John Rodney ... Adam Callum
Harry Carey Jr. ... Prentice
Clifton Young Clifton Young ... The Sergeant
Ernest Severn Ernest Severn ... Jeb, age 11
Charles Bates ... Adam, age 11
Peggy Miller Peggy Miller ... Thor, age 10
Norman Jolley Norman Jolley ... A Callum
Lane Chandler ... A Callum
Elmer Ellingwood Elmer Ellingwood ... A Callum
Jack Montgomery ... A Callum
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Storyline

After his family is murdered in the 1880s, orphan Jeb Rand is raised by the Callum family on their nearby horse ranch. He remains haunted by this childhood trauma in a recurring nightmare of flashing spurs and confinement inside a trap door as his family is slaughtered. Widow Callum does her best to make Jeb feel loved as he is growing up, but the young man stubbornly maintains a sense of his own identity. While he has great affection for his foster-sister Thor, his relationship with her brother Adam is tenuous at best, especially when Jeb blames him for shooting a colt that he was riding. Although Mrs. Callum blames the incident on deer hunters, she is aware that the it was actually the attempted murder of the youngster by her brother-in-law Grant, a shadowy figure who, for vague reasons, is determined to harm Jeb. Jeb loses a coin flip with Adam, and becomes the designated family volunteer to fight in the Spanish-American War. Jeb returns a hero, but does not find happiness. ... Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Robert Mitchum fights for the love of three people who want to see him dead...his family.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1947 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

La vallée de la peur See more »

Filming Locations:

Gallup, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Budget:

£610,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film was screened on May 31, 2013 at the Rubin Museum of Art in Manhattan, especially to showcase the acting of star Robert Mitchum and the way director Raoul Walsh displayed the influence of Orson Welles with the movie's "crushing angles and looming close-ups." Made after WWII, the movie dramatizes a veteran's return home--after the Spanish-American War--almost 50 years earlier. See more »

Goofs

Although some of the outdoor vistas are breathtaking, the standard establishing shot of the ranch is shot indoors with a quite obvious painted canvas backdrop. See more »

Quotes

Jeb: [to Thor] There was a black dog riding my back and yours.
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Referenced in Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) See more »

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When Johnny Comes Marching Home
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Played by band when Jeb returns from the war
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Noir? Western? really?
1 March 2009 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Pursued is a very decent picture, very nicely shot, darkly imaginative, and dripping with Noir style, but if it's actually a Noir film then that really is up for debate, as is, if this film really is a Western? It wasn't quite what I was hoping for, and in truth it was a little too offbeat for the frame of mind I was in, but it's definitely one I'll go back to at some point to re-evaluate prepared with the awareness of what type of film it actually is. Robert Mitchum {excellent} is Jeb Rand, who is constantly pursued by assailants all his life. The film is told in flashback from his childhood tragedy when his family were all murdered, with him being the only survivor. Upon learning that there was indeed a survivor, the killers set about erasing Jeb from the planet, thus Jeb spends all his life trying to find out what the hell is going on, and just why did his adoptive mother raise him in the first place?

An oddity of sorts because Pursued is thinly embracing a number of genres, stretching the elements of each strand to create a film that once viewed, leaves one very intrigued as to its purpose......... 7/10


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