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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.

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Mullins
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Ma Tarbet
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Theodosius Roberts
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Cora
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Jeb Bassett
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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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15 December 1950 (Australia)  »

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Flammendes Tal  »

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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 »

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

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COPPER CANYON
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung in background
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Glimmer and colorful Western with splendid main cast and large plethora of secondaries
26 June 2010 | by See all my reviews

The story is set on post-Civil War day where some copper miners , Confederate veterans , are blackmailed by Southern towners commanded by deputy Lane Travis (Donald McCarey) and his hoodlums . The copper-miners ask marksman nonpareil named Johnny Carter ( Ray Milland ) to help them , under the consideration that he is the former Southern Colonel Desmond . When the Johnny's spectacle comes to Coppertown he falls in love with the femme fatal Lisa Roselle ( Hedy Lamarr ) , whom the miners believe is at the origin of their problems . Later on , Johnny Carter assists fellow Sourtherners who are been continuously harassed by towner rebel-haters . Southern people attempt to transport a copper shipment from Coppertown until Mesa City when are attacked and beleaguered by local deputies .

This is an acceptable Western full of action , thrills , shootouts , romance and wonderful scenarios . Ray Milland faces with decision his role as Confederate veteran disguised as stage sharpshooter and of course a gorgeous Hedy Lamarr as lovely and astute gambler . Ample and agreeable support cast as Harry Carey Jr , Mona Freeman , Frank Faylen and eternal secondary Ian Wolfe . Special mention to Hope Emerson as robust Saloon-keeper. Colorist cinematography in glimmer Technicolor by Charles Lang and atmospheric score by Daniel Amfiteatrofh who includes splendid musical background on the main titles . The picture is fine and professionally directed by John Farrow . He was a veteran writer , producer and director who made several films as hits as flops . He directed various Western as ¨Hondo¨ , ¨Ride vaquero¨ , ¨California¨ and ¨Copper canyon¨ , among others . Rating : Passable Western that will appeal to Ray Milland and Hedy Lamarr fans .


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