Canyon Passage (1946)





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This galloping western centers on an ex-scout who runs a general mercantile in the Oregon Territory during the mid-19th century. The trouble begins when the fiancee of the town banker, a compulsive gambler who covers his debts with customers' money, falls in love with the store owner.
Action & Adventure , Western , Romance
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Dana Andrews
as Logan Stuart
Brian Donlevy
as George Camrose
Susan Hayward
as Lucy Overmire
Ward Bond
as Honey Bragg
Patricia Roc
as Caroline Marsh
Andy Devine
as Ben Dance
Rose Hobart
as Marita Lestrade
Halliwell Hobbes
as Clenchfield
Lloyd Bridges
as Johnny Steele
Stanley Ridges
as Jonas Overmire
Dorothy Peterson
as Mrs. Dance
Victor Cutler
as Vane Blazier
Fay Holden
as Mrs. Overmire
Tad Devine
as Asa Dance
Dennis Devine
as Bushrod Dance
Onslow Stevens
as Lestrade
Ray Teal
as Neil Howison
Virginia Patton
as Liza Stone
Ralph Peters
as Stutcheli
Jack Rockwell
as Teamster
Scott Wallace
as Macivar
Chief Yowlachie
as Indian Spokesman
James B. Cardwell
as Gray Bartlett
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Critic Reviews for Canyon Passage

All Critics (4)

Lavishly mounted Western by Jacques Tourneur, better known for his noir films

Full Review… | July 30, 2011

... a remarkably dense drama where the tensions between individual enterprise and communal good are often strained and the line between hero and villain... gray.

Full Review… | August 11, 2010
Turner Classic Movies Online

Jacques Tourneur at work in color on Western landscapes is something to behold

Full Review… | September 4, 2009

One of those great Westerns, equal to John Ford's top work, that has somehow been undeservedly ignored.

Full Review… | October 25, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Canyon Passage

A great western that can stand along any John Ford western from the same period. It is crisply directed by the underrated Jacques Tourneur and features beautiful color cinematography. Dana Andrews give a great performance as Logan Stuart a entrepreneur in 1856-Oregon. The film costars Brian Donlevy and Susan Hayward and features one of the best barroom brawls in cinema between Andrews and Ward Bond.

Stephen Reginald
Stephen Reginald

one of those terrific westerns where nothing is black and white. dana andrews stands by his friend brian donlevy, who may be a thief and maybe a murderer, and is engaged to the woman they both love. a fight with a local outlaw and an indian attack later, and everything shakes out differently. hoagy carmichael sings and all's right with the world. well worth it for western fans

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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