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Canyon Passage

Venice Classics

Director:
Jacques Tourneur
Production:
Universal Pictures
Running Time:
92’
Language:
English
Country:
USA
Year:
1946
Main Cast:
Dana Andrews, Brian Donlevy, Susan Hayward
Screenplay:
Ernest Pascal
Cinematographer:
Edward Cronjager
Editor:
Milton Carruth
Production Designer:
John B. Goodman, Richard H. Riedel
Costume Designer:
Travis Banton
Music:
Frank Skinner
Sound:
Bernard B. Brown
Restoration:
Universal Pictures / The Film Foundation
Laboratory:Universal Studio Post
From the novel:Canyon Passage
By:Ernest Haycox

Synopsis

Businessman Logan Stuart is torn between his love of two very different women in 1850’s frontier Oregon and his loyalty to a compulsive gambler friend who goes over the line. The film was adapted from the 1945 Saturday Evening Post novel Canyon Passage by Ernest Haycox. Hoagy Carmichael (music) and Jack Brooks (lyrics) were nominated for Academy Award for Best Original Song for Ole Buttermilk Sky.

Critic’s Note
 

Tourneur sets in motion a complex array of subplots and side characters—including an inquisitive entertainer (Hoagy Carmichael), an icy saloon matron (Rose Hobart), and her cardsharp husband (Onslow Stevens)—that offers a quasi- sociological view of frontier life. The relentless drinking, gambling, gunplay, and battles with Native Americans blend with struggles for love and money to evoke a raw and violent culture that plays, in the year after the Second World War ended, as utterly contemporary; avoiding history and politics, Tourneur serves up, in a dreamlike Technicolor glow, a pastoral film noir.

Richard Brody, The New Yorker

 

One of the most mysterious and exquisite examples of the Western genre ever made.

Martin Scorsese

Production/Distribution

RESTORATION CURATED BY: Cassandra Moore – Universal Pictures
100 Universal City Plaza
91608 – Universal City, United States of America
Tel. +1 2134467283
cassandra.moore@nbcuni.com

WORLD SALES: Jack Bell– Park Circus
15 Woodside Crescent
G3 7UL – Glasgow, United Kingdom
info@parkcircus.com
http://www.parkcircus.com

PRESS OFFICE: Aaron Rogers – Universal Pictures
100 Universal City Plaza
91608 – Universal City, United States of America
Tel. +1 8187772352
aaron.rogers@nbcuni.com


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