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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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