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Copper Canyon (1950)

Johnny Carter, performing sharpshooter, is asked to help a beleaguered group of copper miners.

Director:

John Farrow

Writers:

Richard English (story), Jonathan Latimer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Milland ... Johnny Carter
Hedy Lamarr ... Lisa Roselle
Macdonald Carey ... Deputy Lane Travis
Mona Freeman ... Caroline Desmond
Harry Carey Jr. ... Lt. Ord
Frank Faylen ... Mullins
Hope Emerson ... Ma Tarbet
Taylor Holmes ... Theodosius Roberts
Peggy Knudsen ... Cora
James Burke ... Jeb Bassett
Percy Helton ... 'Scamper' Joad
Philip Van Zandt ... Sheriff Wattling (as Philip van Zandt)
Francis Pierlot Francis Pierlot ... Moss Balfour
Ernö Verebes ... Professor
Paul Lees Paul Lees ... Bat Laverne
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Storyline

A group of copper miners, Southern veterans, are terrorized by local rebel-haters, led by deputy Lane Travis. The miners ask stage sharpshooter Johnny Carter to help them, under the impression that he is the legendary Colonel Desmond. It seems they're wrong; but Johnny's show comes to Coppertown and Johnny romances lovely gambler Lisa Roselle, whom the miners believe is at the center of their troubles. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The story of the Old West's valley of violence !

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Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1950 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Flammendes Tal See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

When Johnny Carter (Ray Milland) rides into a creek on his horse near the end of the story, both horse and rider completely submerge, but when they come out, Carter's shirt is mostly dry with a small wet patch. See more »

Quotes

Deputy Lane Travis: Remember when I told you once about never having to dodge bullets from a dead man? Well, that still goes.
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Connections

Referenced in El Litri y su sombra (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

SQUARE DANCE CALLS
(uncredited)
Written by Phil Boutelje and Les Gotcher
Sung by Erno Verebes
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Ray Milland having an unusually energetic time of it.
22 April 2002 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

As often throughout his long-running career, urbane Wales born Ray Milland takes on a role that seems on the surface atypical for his native skills, in this instance as Johnny Carter, a vaudeville trick shot artist who was formerly Colonel Desmond, a Confederate Army hero, now coming to the postwar West in search of financial profit and romantic adventure. Although the war is past, Desmond's ability as a military leader is sought by a group of ex-Confederate soldiers, now employed at copper mining, and needful of tactical shelter from a corrupt combine composed of former Union soldiers and mercenary lawmen that does not stop short of murder in preventing the Southerners from transporting their ore to be smelted. Desmond is reluctant to become involved in this affray and we learn that he is sought for the theft of $20000 which he took from the commandant's office in a Union prison camp upon his escape from that establishment, and is therefore determined to hide his true identity within his posture as Carter the entertainer. Through married complexities in the scenario, Desmond is convinced that he should assist his former compatriots and this gives Milland an opportunity to become engaged in a series of highly kinetic adventures involving riding, shooting and, in general, making of himself a nuisance to the villains of this cinematic western romp. On the distaff side, an extraordinarily beautiful Hedy Lamarr is impressive in an ambiguous role as an adventuress from New Orleans who may or may not be allied with the forces of evil, and there are fine portrayals by Mona Freeman, Peggy Knudsen, and giantess Hope Emerson as a dance proprietress. The cast is strengthened by Macdonald Carey as the primary villain of the piece, and he dominates virtually every scene that he is in, and there are solid performances from James Burke, impish Percy Kelton, and Harry Carey, Jr. as a Union officer in love with Caroline Desmond (Freeman), daughter of the patriarch of the miners. Filmed in Technicolor, COPPER CANYON is easy upon the eyes, and the post of director is capably filled by John Farrow, who deals nicely with an overabundance of subplots, yet who concentrates upon those elements which will move the action along smartly, yet allow for development of character. Unfortunately, the production is heavily cut and there are some instances of ragged editing, with a result that the climax and weaving of loose ends is stunningly rushed, and what might have been a standout motion picture must remain at present a pleasant bagatelle of its genre.


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