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Pursued (1947)




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Movie Info

In this western noir, a rancher falls in love with his adopted sister.


Judith Anderson
as Mrs. Callum
Alan Hale
as Jake Dingle
Harry Carey Jr.
as Prentice McComber
John Rodney
as Adam Callum
Clifton Young
as The Sergeant
Ernest Severn
as Jeb (age 11)
Charley Bates
as Adam (younger)
Charles Bates
as Adam (age 10)
Peggy Miller
as Thorley (age 10)
Norman Jolley
as A Callum
Lane Chandler
as A Callum
Ian MacDonald
as A Callum
Ray Teal
as Army Captain
Ian Wolfe
as Coroner
Virginia Brissac
as Woman at wedding
Kathy Jeanne Johnson
as Thorley (age 3)
Mickey Little
as Jeb (age 4)
Scotty Hugenberg
as Adam (age 4)
Eddy Waller
as Ben McComber
Russ Clark
as Drill Master
Lester Dorr
as Dingle's Casino Boss
Harry Lamont
as Ticket Taker
Tom Fadden
as The Minister
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Critic Reviews for Pursued

All Critics (9)

All the actors excel in their roles. As Jeb, Mitchum is perfect in the role of man haunted by his past. And Jagger's Grant is one of the most vile characters on film.

April 23, 2021 | Full Review…

Pursued is not so much a Western as a strong human interest story located in the West. It has its hard riding and fast shooting, but Sperling is less interested in perforating his characters than in showing what makes them tick.

March 11, 2020 | Full Review…

Raoul Walsh's Pursued is a different animal-a noir-Western with Freudian underpinnings.

August 25, 2017 | Full Review…

Outstanding "noir" western with odd psychological overtones.

September 12, 2012 | Full Review…

Unusual combination of Western and film noir crime thriller.

July 17, 2009 | Full Review…

A splendid turn of the century classic western.

September 4, 2001 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pursued

"Pursued" opens with Jeb Rand(Robert Mitchum) at an abandoned ranch in New Mexico around the turn of the century, explaining to Thorley(Teresa Wright) about his nightmares and how he came to be in the care of her mother(Judith Anderson) when he was only an infant. She turns out to be protective of her stepson, going so far as to confront Grant Callum(Dean Jagger) after he takes a shot at him to settle a long-running feud. He agrees to hold off for now, and does not run into Jeb again until he is an adult and the Spanish American War is about to start. Jeb takes little notice, as he and his stepbrother Adam(John Rodney) have more important things to concern themselves with like which one of them will enlist. "Pursued" definitely has some things going for it like one of Robert Mitchum's better performances and James Wong Howe's exquisite cinematography. Two years after it was made, you can already see the influence of Hitchcock's "Spellbound" at work here in the psychological approach of "Pursued" being more of a why than a whodunnit with Grant Callum being a different kind of villain. However, the drawn out story makes the movie feel longer than it actually is. That's not to mention some narrative inconsistencies like Jeb knowing more than he should and an abrupt ending to a critical scene that spoil an otherwise admirable effort.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

A little on the wacky side of logic but fine direction and an excellent cast put it over.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


A veteran of numerous decent films noirs and westerns (even by 1947), Robert Mitchum was the perfect choice of lead for a western utilising such typically noirish devices as flashbacks, a voiceover and moody, high contrast photography, courtesy of James Wong Howe. There's also a strong biblical flavour to the picture, with the Cain vs. Abel sparring of Mitchum and his adoptive brother, and a plotline concerning the sins of a father being visited on his son. Events do get a little repetitive in the middle and I enjoyed the first half better than the second, though there is a lovely late scene, beautifully acted by Teresa Wright, in which Mitchum calls round to court her and she invites him in and treats him like a stranger, even though they grew up together as brother and sister, under that very roof. Teresa even gets to practise her femme fatale chops for a moment or two, which is a sight I thought I'd never see!

Stephen M
Stephen M

Super Reviewer

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