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JACQUES TOURNEUR FILMS DANA ANDREWS IN 'CANYON PASSAGE'

A rainy, Noir Western look for Gothi auteur Jacques Tourneur
Over a decade before CURSE OF THE DEMON and THE FEARMAKERS, Jacques Tourneur directed Dana Andrews in a well-dressed & comfortably-paced (North) Western, CANYON PASSAGE, taking place mostly within a small, makeshift town built from — and tucked within the shade of — the surrounding forest, a knee-jerk away from an uneasy peace with brooding Indians...

CanyonScore: ****1/2
Yet the suspense relies more on how two particular characters develop than the horse-clopping action taking most of the third act: In almost every Western with Dana Andrews there's an edgy gallows kangaroo court involved, and here it's the least important aspect although would-be victim Brian Donlevy, as extremely unlucky, altogether-cursed gambler, George, sharpens Dana's workaholic, mule running/cargo moving entrepreneur, Logan, since he has to keep covering his old pal from gambling debts and other vices: including a possible murder. This is really a tale on how far a friendship can stretch... and stretch...

Dana Andrews picks the right thing for the wrong girl YEAR: 1946
And there's only a hint of romance between Andrews... engaged to a Stepford Prairie Girl played by British melodrama import Patricia Roc... and future MY FOOLISH HEART co-star Susan Hayward as a beautiful tomboy — both share a cool friendship almost too perfect to hinder with complications: Actually, she already belongs to the flaky loser/dreamer, Donlevy... kind of... though it's obvious where her heart is...

Meanwhile, the fleshed-out and interesting side-characters include another frequent Dana co-star, Hoagy Carmichael (NIGHT SONG, THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES), as a conscience-minded, progressively logical mandolin player and Lloyd Bridges spitefully ruling over a rushed murder trail: But the true antagonist's played with gusto by Ward Bond (Dana's foe in Jean Renoir's SWAMP WATER), who causes all sorts of bruised-up and/or deadly havoc, especially in a sublimely choreographed saloon fight scene, where director Tourneur's otherwise rich, artistic lens flows with testosterone-fueled bravado.
From the Spanish import Blu Ray YEAR of PASSAGE: 1946
The Classy Font fits the classy Western directed by Jacques Tourneur Canyon Passage Jacques Tourneur
This opening credit stack alone proves Canyon Passages relies on ensemble over star power
Considered by some a Noir Western, Canyon Passage's font makes clear it's more a Renaissance Western type
The opening takes place in the big city of Frisco, where Dana gets his mission, his girl (friend), and beaten up a bit
Dana Andrews and Ward Bond about to square-off in Canyon Passage
A nice buy in this Spanish Import of CANYON PASSAGE that's wonderfully Region Free
Dana Andrews and Susan Hayward in Canyon Passage
Dana Andrews cleans up in Canyon Passage
Dana Andrews with Susan Hayward in Canyon Passage
Dana Andrews in Canyon Passage Dana Andrews Canyon Passage
Victor Cutler loves Dana's girl in this and likes his girl in THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES
Dana Andrews with Susan Hayward in Canyon Passage Susan Hayward Canyon Passage
Taking off to the CANYON PASSAGE
Through the CANYON PASSAGE somewhat high...
And higher up the CANYON PASSAGE, through the snow
Dana Andrews and Susan Hayward ride through the CANYON PASSAGE
Lights out with Peter Whitney (later in The Iron Curtain) with Dana Andrews in Canyon Passage
British Melodrama import Patricia Roc in her only American film with Dana Andrews
Dana fighting his Swamp Water villain turned Canyon Passage villain in a bar fight. No booze wold, only punch.
Dana Andrews standing firm while holding up in CANYON PASSAGE
Dana Rides in the Northern Rain: the dark Western by dark former Gothic director Jacques Tourneur
Another beautiful matte shot: Here with the burnt town of Jacksonville, Oregon behind the returned posse
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