Canyon Passage (1946) - Rotten Tomatoes

Canyon Passage (1946)




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This galloping western centers on an ex-scout who runs a general mercantile in the Oregon Territory during the mid-19th century. The trouble begins when the fiancee of the town banker, a compulsive gambler who covers his debts with customers' money, falls in love with the store owner.


Dana Andrews
as Logan Stuart
Brian Donlevy
as George Camrose
Susan Hayward
as Lucy Overmire
Ward Bond
as Honey Bragg
Patricia Roc
as Caroline Marsh
Andy Devine
as Ben Dance
Rose Hobart
as Marita Lestrade
Halliwell Hobbes
as Clenchfield
Lloyd Bridges
as Johnny Steele
Stanley Ridges
as Jonas Overmire
Dorothy Peterson
as Mrs. Dance
Victor Cutler
as Vane Blazier
Fay Holden
as Mrs. Overmire
Tad Devine
as Asa Dance
Dennis Devine
as Bushrod Dance
Ray Teal
as Neil Howison
Virginia Patton
as Liza Stone
Ralph Peters
as Stutcheli
Jack Rockwell
as Teamster
Chief Yowlachie
as Indian Spokesman
James B. Cardwell
as Gray Bartlett
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Critic Reviews for Canyon Passage

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Avoiding history and politics, Tourneur serves up, in a dreamlike Technicolor glow, a pastoral film noir.

November 28, 2016 | Full Review…

A sturdy Western in which, for once, the story is more sprawling than the scenery.

March 28, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Only a rambling script, which settles down to a jog-trot through magnificent Technicolor backgrounds of Oregon lake and timber, prevents it from being a film of this or any other week.

April 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Lavishly mounted Western by Jacques Tourneur, better known for his noir films

July 30, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

... a remarkably dense drama where the tensions between individual enterprise and communal good are often strained and the line between hero and villain... gray.

August 11, 2010 | Full Review…

Jacques Tourneur at work in color on Western landscapes is something to behold

September 5, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Canyon Passage

one of those terrific westerns where nothing is black and white. dana andrews stands by his friend brian donlevy, who may be a thief and maybe a murderer, and is engaged to the woman they both love. a fight with a local outlaw and an indian attack later, and everything shakes out differently. hoagy carmichael sings and all's right with the world. well worth it for western fans

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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