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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.

Director:

Allan Dwan

Writers:

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

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)
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Storyline

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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THE VIOLENT DAYS OF THE TERRORISTS IN PIONEER CALIFORNIA! (ORIGINAL POSTER - ALL CAPS) See more »

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Adventure | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

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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Obsession.
3 January 2008 | by copper1963See all my reviews

Two Yvonnes (De Carlo) are better than one. Always. That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it. R.K.O. strikes gold in this dark western set somewhere in Northern California, sometime before the land was tamed by the U.S. government. The trio of Miss De Carlo (the fiery one), Cornel Wilde and Raymond Burr spend a good chunk of the running time of this movie chasing after the five desperadoes who have slaughtered one of the Yvonnes (the demure one) and her grandparents. Her son survives. Barely. In discovering the massacre at the farmhouse, Wilde's character catches a bad case of revenge and sets his sights on the perpetrators of those bad deeds. The police--Burr and Anthony Caruso--are ineffective. They always seem to show up a couple of heartbeats too late. The film does nothing to dissuade someone from uttering: "you can never find a cop when you need one." The scenery is fabulous. When Wilde marches off the lush greenery of the mountain's downslope and ascends the glacier in pursuit of the last bad guy, we know he has crossed the line into madness, He is out of control. Lawless. The ending is wrapped up in a satisfying manner. But the title (Passion) bothers me. I'm changing it to Obsession. And I'm sticking to it.


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