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Riders of the Purple Sage, 2017 Western Opera adaptation

2017 Western Opera adaptation of Riders of the Purple Sage. Information from Arizona Opera.

Jane Withersteen, a devout Mormon woman, has inherited a sprawling ranch from her father. With all the wealth and power her ranch represents, Jane is under pressure from the church to marry Elder Tull and add her land, herd, and spring to the growing Mormon settlement of Short Creek. When Jane resists Tull’s advances, he resorts to threatening to whip her head rider, Venters, on a trumped-up charge. Lassiter, a mysterious gunman, arrives in time to save Venters and drive off the Mormons. Lassiter has come to see the grave of Milly Erne, who was a dear friend to Jane. He asks about Milly’s daughter, who was taken by the church when she was a baby. When rustlers steal one of Jane’s herds, Venters rides off to confront them, knowing the feared Masked Rider is among them. He wounds the Masked Rider, and is astonished to discover a girl named Bess beneath the rider’s mask…. (Arizona Opera)

Craig Bohmler, Composer

Steven Mark Kohn, adapted by Librettist

Ed Mell, Scenic Designer

Fenlon Lamb Fenlon Lamb, Stage Director

Joseph Mechavich Joseph Mechavich, Conductor

Krstin Atwell Ford Kristin Atwell Ford, Co-Producer

Karin Wolverton Karin Wolverton, Jane Withersteen

Laura Wilde Laura Wilde, Jane Withersteen

Morgan Smith Morgan Smith, Lassiter

Joshua Jeremiah Joshua Jeremiah, Lassiter

Joshua Dennis Joshua Dennis, Bern Venters

Amanda Opuszynski Amanda Opuszynski, Bess

Kristopher Irmiter Kristopher Irmiter, Bishop Dyer

Keith Phares Keith Phares, Elder Tull

Hugo Vera Hugo Vera, Judkins


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Riders of the Purple Sage, 1996 film adaptation

… in 1871. Jane Withersteen, a Mormon-born spinster of 28, has inherited a valuable ranch and spring from her father, which is coveted by other Mormons in the community. When Jane refuses to marry one of the Mormon elders, Deacon Tull. He is angry at her because she has befriended Bern Venters, a young man who works on her ranch and whom she has saved from a brutal whipping at the hand of the Mormons, they begin to persecute her openly. Meanwhile, Lassiter, a notorious gunman, arrives at the Withersteen ranch in search of the grave of his long-lost sister, Millie Erne. It doesn’t take him long to see that this community is controlled by the corrupt Deacon Tull who is a powerful elder. He is trying to take Jane’s land by forcing her to marry him, by harassing Venters and by branding her foreman as a dangerous outsider. He ends up staying on as Jane’s defender while Venters is on the trail of a gang of cattle rustlers that includes a mysterious Masked Rider. Jane is eventually driven off her ranch as the persecution escalates, but she and Lassiter fall in love. Lassiter eventually solves the mystery of his sister’s death when Jane tells him the story of what happened to Millie, and they also discover that the masked rider is Bess, his niece. Tull, Pastor Dyer and the men riding with them are all killed, leaving Jane and Lassiter free to love each other. (RoTPS)

Reviews of the movie may be found on IMDB

Produced by Amer Productions, Rosemont Productions International and Zeke Productions

  • Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, David A. Rosemont, Thomas John Kane and Stella Theodoulou

Directed by Charles Haid

  • Craig West, David Fudge, Dirk Craft, Peggy Stuber

Adapted by Gill Dennis

Cast (in credits order):

Ed Harris Ed Harris …Jim Lassiter; Amy Madigan Amy Madigan …Jane Withersteen

Henry Thomas Henry Thomas …Bern Venters; Robin Tunney Robin Tunney …Elizabeth Erne

Norbert Weisser Norbert Weisser …Deacon Tull; G.D. Spradlin G.D. Spradlin …Pastor Dyer

Lynn Wanlass Lynn Wanlass …Hester Brandt; Bob L. Harris …Collier Brandt

Jerry Wills …Oldring; Rusty Musselman …Matthew Blake

Tom Bower Tom Bower …Judkins; Erin Neal …Background

Stunts by Alvin William ‘Dutch’ Lunak, Chris Branham, Fenton Quinn, Glade Quinn, Gwynn Turnbull Weaver, Jim Wilkey, Johnny Hock, Mark Warrick, Mike Watson, Monty Stuart, Rusty Hendrickson

Music by Arthur Kempel and Bill Purse

Cinematography and editing by William Wages and David Holden, Skip Adams, Amy Carey, LaReine Johnston, David D. Williams

Effects by

  • Thomas Fife, Mitchell Medford and Matt Vogel
  • John R. McConnell, Phillip O’Hanlon, Ray McIntyre Jr., and Reid Paul

Costume, Wardrobe and Make-up by

  • Durinda Wood
  • Cynthia D. Brenner, Bill Edwards, Judy Evers, Kris Hemenway and Amy J. Roberts
  • Richard Arias, Daniel Curet, Paul Huntley, Bren Plaistowe and  Jeffrey Sacino

Wranglers: Don Holyoak, Jesse Shepard, Joe Taylor and Rusty Hendrickson


Translated sub-titles and/or dubbing:

  • Austrian: Erbarmungslos und gefährlich
  • Brazilian Portugese: Cavaleiros do Crepúsuclo
  • Bulgarian: Ездачите от лилавите салвии
  • Finnish: Purppuratasangon ratsastajat
  • French: Les cavaliers de la mort
  • German: Lassiter – Erbarmungslos und gefährlich
  • Greek: I orgi tis moiras
  • Hungarian: Vadnyugati történet
  • Polish: Purpurowy jezdziec
  • Romanian: Secta profitorilor
  • Serbian: Veličanstveni jahači
  • Spanish: El jinete púrpura
  • Swedish: Viddernas ryttare
 
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Riders of the Purple Sage, 1931 film adaptation

1931: Riders of the Purple Sage: Information from IMdB

A Remake of two earlier silent films … Seeking traces of his lost sister and her two young daughters, Jim Lassister reaches the Utah ranch of Jane Withersteen. He offers to help save Jane and her property from the depredations of a gang of crooked officials, organized under Judge Dyer. (Les Adams)

Produced by Fox Film Corporation

  • Edmund Grainger

Directed by Hamilton MacFadden

  • 2nd assistant director Earl Rettig

Adapted by Barry Conners, John F. Goodrich and Philip Klein

Cast:

George O'Brien George O’Brien …Jim Lassiter

Marguerite Churchill Marguerite Churchill …Jane Withersteen

Noah Beery Noah Beery …Judge Dyer

Yvonne Pelletier Yvonne Pelletier …Bess

James Todd …Vern Venters

Stanley Fields Stanley Fields …Oldring

Lester Dorr Lester Dorr …Judkins

Shirley Nail …Fay Larkin

Frank McGlynn Jr. Frank McGlynn Jr. …Adam Tull, Gang leader

Joe Brown …Bit Role

Dick Hunter …Rider

Cliff Lyons Cliff Lyons …Jed

Frank Meredith …Court Extra

Herman Nowlin …Rider

Vinegar Roan …Rider

Delmar Watson …Young Boy

Music by R.H. Bassett and Glen Knight

Cinematography by George Schneiderman

Costumes by Dolly Tree

Art by Don B. Greenwood

Stunts by Cliff Lyons

Presented by William Fox


Dubbed translations:

  • Austrian: Ritter der weiten Wüste
  • Brazilian Portugese: O Passo da Morte
  • Italian: L’amazzone mascherata
  • Portugese: O Salto Decisivo
  • Swedish: Den maskerade ryttaren
  • Ex-Yugoslavia Serbian: Jahaci rumene kadulje

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Riders of the Purple Sage, 1925 film adaptation

1925 Riders of the Purple Sage: Information from IMdB

Riders of the Purple Sage is a 1925 American silent western film … the film is about a former Texas Ranger who pursues a corrupt lawyer who abducted his married sister and niece. His search leads him to a remote Arizona ranch and the love of a good woman. (Wikipedia)

Produced by Fox Films Corporation

Directed by Lynn Reynolds

Adapted by Edfrid A. Bingham

Cast:

Tom Mix Tom Mix …Jim Carson aka Jim Lassiter

Beatrice Burnham …Milly Erne

Arthur Morrison …Frank Erne

Warner Oland Warner Oland …Lew Walters aka Judge Dyer

Wilfred Lucas Wilfred Lucas …Oldring

Mabel Ballin …Jane Withersteen

Charles Le Moyne Charles Le Moyne …Richard Tull

Harold Goodwin Harold Goodwin …Bern Venters

Seessel Anne Johnson …Bess as a Child

Hank Bell Hank Bell …Barfly

Gary Cooper Gary Cooper …Rider

Mark Hamilton Mark Hamilton …Outlaw Mr. Tull’s Gang

Fred Kohler Fred Kohler …Henchman Tom Metzger

Charles Newton …Henchman Joe Herd

Marian Nixon Marian Nixon …Bess Erne

Joe Rickson …Henchman Dave Slack

Anne Shirley Anne Shirley …Fay Larkin

Cinematography by Daniel B. Clark

Costumes by Sam Benson

Music by composer William P. Perry

Presented by William Fox


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Dubbed translations:

  • Austrian: Der Rächer/Die Todesreiter
  • Brazilan Portugese: O Passo da Morte
  • Finnish:
  • German: Der Rächer
  • French: Tom le vengeur
  • Hungarian: A legjobb rossz ember
  • Polish: Jezdzcy purpurowego stepu
 
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The Border Legion, 1940 film adaptation

The Border Legion, 1940: Information from IMdB

Produced by Republic Pictures

  • Associate producer Joseph Kane

Directed by Joseph Kane

Adapted by Olive Cooper, Louis Stevens and George Carleton Brown

Cast:

Roy Rogers Roy Rogers …Dr. Stephen Kellogg, aka Steve Kells

George 'Gabby' Hayes George ‘Gabby’ Hayes …Honest John Whittaker

Carol Hughes Carol Hughes …Alice Randall

Joe Sawyer Joe/Joseph Sawyer …Jim Gulden

Maude Eburne Maude Eburne …Hurricane Hattie McGuire

Jay Novello Jay Novello …Santos

Hal Taliaferro Hal Taliaferro …Sheriff Amos Link

Dick Wessel Dick Wessel …Oscar Red McGooney

Paul Porcasi Paul Porcasi …Tony

Robert Emmett Keane Robert Emmett Keane …Willets

Eddie Acuff Eddie Acuff …Ticket Agent

Chuck Baldra …Townsman

Ed Brady Ed Brady …Gambler

Fred Burns …Miner

Bob Card Bob Card …Townsman

Spade Cooley Spade Cooley …Musician

Victor Cox …Barfly

Art Dillard …Saloon Patron

Curley Dresden …Miner

Joel Friedkin …Gus

Chick Hannan Chick Hannan …Henchman

Lew Kelly …Miner

Jack Kirk Jack Kirk …Jack

Cactus Mack Cactus Mack …Henchman

Ted Mapes Ted Mapes …Miner

Leo J. McMahon …Barfly

Art Mix Art Mix …Henchman

Monte Montague Monte Montague …Joe

Jack Montgomery Jack Montgomery …Henchman

Post Park …Henchman

Edward Peil Sr. Edward Peil Sr. …Barfly

Pascale Perry …Hank

Trigger Trigger …Steve’s Horse

Henry Wills Henry Wills …Miner

Bob Woodward Bob Woodward …Henchman

Music by Milton Rosen

  • Musical director Cy Feuer
  • Title music by William Lava
  • Stock music by Joseph Nussbaum

Cinematography by Jack A. Marta

  • Supervising editor Murray Seldeen
  • Editing by Edward Mann

Production Manager Al Wilson

Stunts by Yakima Canutt, Art Dillard, Ted Mapes, Leo J. McMahon, Jack Montgomery,  Post Park, Henry Wills, Bob Woodward, Bill Yrigoyen, Joe Yrigoyen


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Subtitles/Dubbed translations:

  • Brazilian Portugese: Legião da Fronteira
  • Greek: Tromokratai ton synoron/Τρομοκράται τον συνόρων
 
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Desert Gold, 1936 movie adaptation

 

1936: Desert Storm (Information from IMDB)

Plot: Chet Kasedon is after the Indians hidden gold mine but Chief Moya will not reveal it’s location. He has also hired mining engineers Gale and Mortimer to locate the mine. When Gale sees Kasedon’s cruelty to Moya, he switches sides. (IMDB)

Produced by Paramount Pictures

  • with Harold Hurley as producer,
  • and William T. Lackey as assistant producer.

Directed by James P. Hogan

  • Stanley Goldsmith as second assistant director

Adapted from Zane Grey’s novel “Desert Gold” (see my review) by Stuart Anthony and Robert Yost

Buster Crabbe Larry “Buster” Crabbe …Chief Moya

Tom Keene Tom Keene …Randolph Gale

Monte Blue Monte Blue …Chetley ‘Chet’ Kasedon

Marsha Hunt Marsha Hunt …Judy Belding

Robert Cummings Robert Cummings …Fordyce ‘Ford’ Mortimer

Raymond Hatton Raymond Hatton …Doc Belding

Frank Mayo Frank Mayo …Bert Lash – Henchman

Walter Miller Walter Miller …Hank Ladd – Henchman

Leif Erickson Leif (Glenn) Erickson …Glenn Kasedon
Billy Bletcher Billy Bletcher …Bob – a Wedding Guest

James P. Burtis …Sleeping Stage Passenger

Si Jenks Si Jenks …Stage Driver Bert

Willis Marks …J.T. Winters – Assayer

Robert McKenzie Robert McKenzie …Wedding Guest Serving Punch

John Merkyl John Merkyl …Tribal Elder

Art Mix Art Mix …Henchman

Philip Morris …Sentry
Gertrude Simpson …Wedding Guest
Ed Thorpe …Indian
Anders Van Haden …Tribal Elder

Cinematography by George T. Clemens

Film Editing by Chandler House

Art by Hans Dreier and David S. Garber

  • Set Decoration by A.E. Freudeman

Sound by Walter Oberst (recordist)

  • Adolph Zukor (presenter)

Translations:

  • Danish: Kampen om guldminen
  • Portugese: Roubada a Tempo

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Wildfire: 1949 film-adaptation

Red Canyon, 1949: Information from IMDB

Red Canyon was one of several medium-budget, Technicolor westerns turned out by Universal-International between 1949 and 1959. Howard Duff plays wandering cowpoke Lin Sloane, who spends most of the film trying to capture a fabled wild stallion. While thus occupied, he finds time to romance Lucy Bostel (Ann Blyth), daughter of the region’s most influential horsebreeder (George Brent). Conflicts arise when Lucy intends to race the captured stallion, much to the dismay of her father; there’s also a major brouhaha involving Sloane’s disreputable family heritage. Red Canyon was adapted by Maurice Geraghty from a rugged novel by Zane Grey. (Film Affinity)

Produced by Universal International Pictures (Gilbert Kurland)

  • Producer Leonard Goldstein
  • Assistant producer Aaron Rosenberg

Directed by George Sherman

  • Assistant director John Sherwood

Screenplay adaptation by Maurice Geraghty

  • Supervised by Pat Betz

Ann Blyth Ann Blyth …Lucy Bostel

Howard Duff Howard Duff …Lin Sloane

George Brent George Brent …Matthew Bostel

Edgar Buchanan Edgar Buchanan …Jonah Johnson

John McIntire John McIntire …Floyd Cordt

Chill Wills Chill Wills …Marshal G.T. Brackton

Jane Darwell Jane Darwell …Aunt Jane

Lloyd Bridges Lloyd Bridges …Virgil Cordt

James Seay James Seay …Joel Creech

Edmund MacDonald Edmund MacDonald …Farlane

David Clarke David Clarke …Sears

Denver Pyle Denver Pyle …Hutch

Willard W. Willingham …Van

Ray Bennett Ray Bennett …Pronto

Johnny Carpenter …Townsman

Sonny Chorre …Indian

Edmund Cobb Edmund Cobb …Townsman

Tex Cooper Tex Cooper …Party Guest

Highland Dale …Black Velve

Mike Donovan …Party Guest

Slim Gaut …Townsman

Jack Kenny Jack Kenny …Townsman

Ethan Laidlaw Ethan Laidlaw …Ranch Hand

Hank Patterson Hank Patterson …Osborne

Phil Schumacher …Party Guest

Charles Soldani Charles Soldani …Indian

Hank Worden Hank Worden …Charley

Art by Bernard Herzbrun and Frank A. Richards

  • Sets by Russell A. Gausman and Joseph Kish

Camera and cinematography by Irving Glassberg, Everett Brown, Lloyd Hill, Eddie Jones and Richard Towers

  • Editing by Otto Ludwig
  • Colours by William Fritzsche and Natalie Kalmus

Music by Walter Scharf

  • Flute by Ethmer Roten
  • Sound by Leslie I. Carey and Vernon W. Kramer

Costume and Makeup by Rosemary Odell and Carmen Dirigo, Bud Westmore, Emmy Eckhardt and John G. Holden

Horse trainers Lester Hilton and Ralph McCutcheon

Stunts by Johnny Carpenter, Jackie Hamblin, Whitey Hughes and Phil Schumacher

Foreign sub-titles:

  • Austrian: Die rote Schlucht
  • Belgian: Le roi de la vallée
  • Brazil Portugese: Escrava do Ódio
  • Dutch: De Strijd in ‘t rotsgebergte
  • German: Hurrikan (TV) / Die rote Schlucht
  • Danish: De vilde hestes konge
  • Spanish: Huracán
  • Finnish: Tuliharja
  • French: Le mustang noir
  • Greek: Sto farángi tou trómou / Στο φαράγγι του τρόμου
  • Italian: Figlio del delitto
  • Portugese: Sangue Ardente
  • Swedish: De vilda hästarnas dal

Reviews:

  • Fred Blosser: Handsomely mounted and well acted, “Red Canyon” is an engaging, unpretentious tale about second chances that should be better known than it is.”
  • French forum for Western films: “Le jeu des acteurs secondaires est assez intéressant avec un (court) duo étonnant à l’écran : Chill Wills et Edgar Buchanan.”
  • Greenbriars Picture Shows: “… this was among loveliest-shot westerns the decade offered.”
  • James D’Arc: “School was cancelled and workers left their daily labor when Kanab locals were needed to get into costume and become a crowd at the Kanab Race Track for the horse-racing scenes …”
  • Jacqueline T. Lynch (Wonderful review): “Buchanan’s speech is so tangled up in the most outlandish and complicated blustering euphemisms that I’m surprised he could remember half his lines.  I’d love to see the outtakes; they’re real tongue-twisters and he had to have messed up sometimes.”
  • Once upon a time in a Western: “One of the better scenes is watching little Lucy’s reaction as she opens her birthday present from her dad, and finds it complete with corset, bustle and other female do-dads.”
  • Robert Cornell: “Only Chill Will’s typical character acting distinguishes this very minor and rather childish western.”
  • Scott O’Brien: “… Bostel mistakenly buys Lucy a frilly frock for her eighteenth birthday. He may as well have given her a cow pie.”
  • T.M.P., New York Times: “While “Red Canyon” is not a picture to create any special enthusiasm, it runs its course in agreeable enough fashion.”

 

 
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Posted by on 2018-07-22 in Movies

 

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