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Copper Canyon (1950)

Not Rated | | Western | 15 December 1950 (Australia)
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 !

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1950 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

El placer de la venganza See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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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

Johnny Carter: When you kill a man, he dies just as bad or just as stupid as the moment when you put the bullet in him. If you let him live, he's still got a chance to learn things.
Deputy Lane Travis: Well, that's smart... provided he learns the right things.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

COPPER CANYON
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung in background
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Traditional western, colorful, entertaining and fast moving.
4 May 2002 | by tmwestSee all my reviews

The fifties were a time of transition for the western genre. Quite a few were using stories that could have taken place anywhere, others kept to the tradition. Copper Canyon is a traditional western, but where no money was spared in the production, with great colors and top actors. Ray Milland is an entertainer (he shows his marksmanship on stage),that comes to a town to help confederates which are being discriminated after the war. Hedy Lamarr is the woman he falls for, very pretty, and during the film you keep wandering if she's not going back to being Delilah again and betray Milland. Macdonald Carey who used to be the leading actor in many westerns, is in a supporting role as the bad guy. This is a light, pleasant entertaining film.


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