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Passion (1954)

Approved | | Adventure, Western | 6 October 1954 (USA)
In Mexican California, a land feud erupts and murder is committed when rich landowner Don Domingo reneges on an earlier verbal promise made by his father to grant to the tenant Melo family a piece of land.


Allan Dwan


Beatrice A. Dresher (based on a story by), Miguel Padilla (based on a story by) | 4 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Cornel Wilde ... Juan Obreón
Yvonne De Carlo ... Rosa Melo / Antonia 'Tonia' Melo
Raymond Burr ... Captain Rodriguez
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Castro (as Lon Chaney)
Rodolfo Acosta ... Salvador Sandro
John Qualen ... Gaspar Melo
Anthony Caruso ... Sergeant Muñoz
Frank DeKova ... Martinez (as Frank de Kova)


In old Spanish California, dashing cattleman Juan Obregon returns to the rancho of his friend Gaspar Melo, to find he's fathered a son on Rosa, one of Gaspar's identical twin daughters. Overjoyed, he plans to formalize his "unofficial" marriage. But trouble brews; Melo's land is of unclear title and the new Don Domingo hopes to grab it for his own profit. Violence results. Without even knowing who survived, Juan (accompanied by Rosa's tomboy sister Tonya) rides for revenge, through spectacular pastoral and wilderness scenery. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Adventure | Western


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English | Spanish

Release Date:

6 October 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Where the Wind Dies See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Lon Chaney Jr and Raymond Burr had previously appeared together in Bride Of The Gorilla and Casanova's Big Night (1954). See more »

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Peculiar Western about a relentless revenge with very good support cast
30 July 2010 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This story is set on early California's wild and wicked pioneers days . It's a particular Western with a magnificent Cornel Wilde seeking vendetta against the killers of his loved ones and a splendid Yvonne De Carlo in double role . This moving picture tells the story of Juan ( Cornel Wilde) a respected citizen who returns to the rancho of his old friend Gaspar (John Qualen) , he comes and just promised marriage his young girlfriend (Yvonne De Carlo) and settle down for a peaceful existence . Just when they are about to marry ,comes the vengeful Sandro (Rodolfo Acosta) and his henchmen (Lon Chaney Jr , Frank DeKova) and murder the family . Juan has sworn revenge , detain and undercover the gunfighters. Juan kills some of them and is pursued by deputies (Raymond Burr and Anthony Caruso) . Meanwhile he escapes and is only helped by the twin sister ( again Yvonne De Carlo ) . At the ending takes place the dreaded final showdown against the thug on the snowy outdoors and the protagonist realizes he must stand alone against impossible odds , nobody is willing to help him .

Acceptable Western set in Old Spanish California dealing with range war and full of fights , duels , revenge and stirring drama . Ample support cast plenty of known secondary actors who lend solid support as John Qualen, Robert Warwick, Anthony Caruso, John Dierkes, Stuart Whitman, Lon Chaney Jr , Frank DeKova , many of them usual in Western genre . Although made in low budget by the producer Benedict Bogeaus and RKO , Radio Pictures Inc, is a very efficient film and pretty entertaining . The picture contains colorful cinematography by John Alton( Noir cinema's usual photographer along with Nicholas Musuraka), though is necessary an urgent remastering because the copy is granulated ; furthermore atmospheric and appropriate musical score by Louis Forbes . This quickie is finely directed by Allan Dwan , a craftsman working from the silent cinema . Dwan directed over 1400 films , including one-reels, between his arrival in the industry (circa 1909) and his final film in 1961. Among them some good Western as ¨ Restless breed¨, ¨The rivers edge¨,¨Cattle Queen of Montana¨, ¨Tenessee's partner¨, ¨Montana Belle¨ and ¨Silver Lode¨ his unqualified masterpiece. Rating : 5,5 . Passable and acceptable Western in Mexican style.

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