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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:

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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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Technical Specs

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

COPPER CANYON
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung in background
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Lamarr goes west
26 July 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Hedy Lamarr decided to go west following in the footsteps of Marlene Dietrich who saw Destry Rides Again rejuvenate her career. I'm sure that was why she decided to do Copper Canyon where she was saloon girl villainess who falls big time for fancy sharp shooter Ray Milland who brings his trick shot act into her town and saloon.

Milland arouses the jealousy of crooked sheriff Macdonald Carey. But Milland has a past of his own. He's a former Confederate colonel who robbed a Yankee payroll in escaping before the war ended. He's a hunted man for that reason though the local hunter, army lieutenant Harry Carey, Jr. really hasn't got his heart in the job.

Milland's been sent for because the local copper mine smelter with the connivance of Carey has been exploiting the Confederate veterans. His prowess with weapons comes in mighty handy before the film is over.

It's a good, not great western, but the reason it became popular because of the title tune which is heard, but not sung in the soundtrack. Young Teresa Brewer had a hit record of it back in the day.

Copper Canyon didn't really give Hedy Lamarr the Dietrich like assist in her career. Still she does fine and it's a good Saturday afternoon film for enjoyment.


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