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Tycoon (1947)

In South America, an American engineer is asked by his boss to build a mountain railroad tunnel following a shorter but more dangerous route.

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Richard Wallace

Writers:

Borden Chase (screenplay), John Twist (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... Johnny
Laraine Day ... Maura
Cedric Hardwicke ... Alexander (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Judith Anderson ... Miss Braithwaite
James Gleason ... Pop
Anthony Quinn ... Ricky
Grant Withers ... Fog
Paul Fix ... Joe
Fernando Alvarado ... Chico
Harry Woods ... Holden
Michael Harvey ... Curly
Charles Trowbridge ... Señor Tobar
Martin Garralaga ... Chavez
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Storyline

Engineer Johnny Munroe is enlisted to build a railroad tunnel through a mountain to reach mines. His task is complicated, and his ethics are compromised, when he falls in love with his boss's daughter. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Adventure In The Untamed Andes! (re-release print ad) See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

In the Darkness of the Sun See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,209,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Produced for $3.209 million, this was RKO's biggest flop of 1947, losing $1.035 million. See more »

Goofs

When the tunnel is blown leaving Curly dead inside, the front of the mountain surrounding the tunnel is clearly a fake facade as it shakes and moves during the explosion. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Munroe: I've got a railroad to build.
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Referenced in Personal History: Foreign Hitchcock (2004) See more »

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Whole less than the sum of its parts.
25 April 2002 | by smatysiaSee all my reviews

"Tycoon" has a lot going for it. Unfortunately it doesn't really deliver. John Wayne plays a familiar persona, and does so very well, as always. Laraine Day, with whom I was not familiar, turned in a very good performance. The most notable of the cast, I thought, was Anthony Quinn in a supporting role. Having said all this, the film really fails to engage. I don't know why. The plot had a lot going for it, the photography was nice, the direction OK. I just can't put my finger on why this isn't a better movie. Grade: C-


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