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Copper Canyon (1950)

Not Rated | | Western | 15 December 1950 (Australia)
Johnny Carter, performing sharpshooter, is asked to help a beleaguered group of copper miners.

Director:

John Farrow

Writers:

Richard English (story), Jonathan Latimer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Milland ... Johnny Carter
Hedy Lamarr ... Lisa Roselle
Macdonald Carey ... Deputy Lane Travis
Mona Freeman ... Caroline Desmond
Harry Carey Jr. ... Lt. Ord
Frank Faylen ... Mullins
Hope Emerson ... Ma Tarbet
Taylor Holmes ... Theodosius Roberts
Peggy Knudsen ... Cora
James Burke ... Jeb Bassett
Percy Helton ... 'Scamper' Joad
Philip Van Zandt ... Sheriff Wattling (as Philip van Zandt)
Francis Pierlot Francis Pierlot ... Moss Balfour
Ernö Verebes ... Professor
Paul Lees Paul Lees ... Bat Laverne
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Storyline

A group of copper miners, Southern veterans, are terrorized by local rebel-haters, led by deputy Lane Travis. The miners ask stage sharpshooter Johnny Carter to help them, under the impression that he is the legendary Colonel Desmond. It seems they're wrong; but Johnny's show comes to Coppertown and Johnny romances lovely gambler Lisa Roselle, whom the miners believe is at the center of their troubles. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The story of the Old West's valley of violence !

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1950 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

El placer de la venganza See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

When Johnny Carter (Ray Milland) rides into a creek on his horse near the end of the story, both horse and rider completely submerge, but when they come out, Carter's shirt is mostly dry with a small wet patch. See more »

Quotes

Deputy Lane Travis: Remember when I told you once about never having to dodge bullets from a dead man? Well, that still goes.
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Connections

Referenced in El Litri y su sombra (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

SQUARE DANCE CALLS
(uncredited)
Written by Phil Boutelje and Les Gotcher
Sung by Erno Verebes
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Glimmer and colorful Western with splendid main cast and large plethora of secondaries
26 June 2010 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The story is set on post-Civil War day where some copper miners , Confederate veterans , are blackmailed by Southern towners commanded by deputy Lane Travis (Donald McCarey) and his hoodlums . The copper-miners ask marksman nonpareil named Johnny Carter ( Ray Milland ) to help them , under the consideration that he is the former Southern Colonel Desmond . When the Johnny's spectacle comes to Coppertown he falls in love with the femme fatal Lisa Roselle ( Hedy Lamarr ) , whom the miners believe is at the origin of their problems . Later on , Johnny Carter assists fellow Sourtherners who are been continuously harassed by towner rebel-haters . Southern people attempt to transport a copper shipment from Coppertown until Mesa City when are attacked and beleaguered by local deputies .

This is an acceptable Western full of action , thrills , shootouts , romance and wonderful scenarios . Ray Milland faces with decision his role as Confederate veteran disguised as stage sharpshooter and of course a gorgeous Hedy Lamarr as lovely and astute gambler . Ample and agreeable support cast as Harry Carey Jr , Mona Freeman , Frank Faylen and eternal secondary Ian Wolfe . Special mention to Hope Emerson as robust Saloon-keeper. Colorist cinematography in glimmer Technicolor by Charles Lang and atmospheric score by Daniel Amfiteatrofh who includes splendid musical background on the main titles . The picture is fine and professionally directed by John Farrow . He was a veteran writer , producer and director who made several films as hits as flops . He directed various Western as ¨Hondo¨ , ¨Ride vaquero¨ , ¨California¨ and ¨Copper canyon¨ , among others . Rating : Passable Western that will appeal to Ray Milland and Hedy Lamarr fans .


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