Canyon Passage

  • Film
  • Action and adventure
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Oregon, 1856: pioneering days. Andrews is the ambitious, self-reliant hero around whom move the weak friend (Donlevy), the sworn enemy (Bond), the more or less right woman (Hayward), and the more or less wrong one (Roc, on leave from J Arthur Rank). The film's unevenness and its fitful progress are characteristic of Tourneur. Hayward looks neglected, Donlevy seems disinclined, Carmichael's songs are pleasant but disruptive, and, at a guess, the writer tried to pack in far too much of a discursive novel (by Ernest Haycox). Against all that is the director's talent for the eloquent vignette, the way his characters from time to time convey an unexpected delicacy of feeling and the sense, coherently organised and expressed in the movie, of life as an affair of the temporary and the uncertain. In other words, less for Western buffs than for auteurists and those with a taste for curate's eggs.

Release details

Duration: 92 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Jacques Tourneur
Screenwriter: Ernest Pascal
Cast: Dana Andrews
Brian Donlevy
Susan Hayward
Patricia Roc
Hoagy Carmichael
Ward Bond
Andy Devine
Lloyd Bridges
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