Canyon Passage

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Canyon Passage

  • 1946
  • Directed By: Jacques Tourneur
  • Rated Not Rated
  • Drama, Western
  • 92 Minutes
  1. Sunday, November 16, 2014 3:00 p.m.
Still image from the film Canyon Passage
Canyon Passage is Jacques Tourneur’s restrained gem of a Western set in Oregon in the 1850s. In the middle of the intertwining dramas involving gambling, homesteading, a town trouble-maker (played particularly well by Ward Bond) and a Native American uprising, is a romantic love triangle between a merchant, his business partner, and the woman they love. To help keep all of the sub-plots connected and moving forward is Hoagy Carmichael, who plays a shopkeeper and singing philosopher who shares a number of songs, including “Ole Buttermilk Sky,” for which he was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Original Song. (35mm presentation)