Devil's Canyon

Devil's Canyon

Alfred Werker (1953)

A Certificate


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Originally filmed in 3D and photographed by Nicholas Musuraca, a master of low-key film noir lighting, this RKO western is actually more of a thriller. Stephen McNally plays the ruthless killer who attempts to wreak revenge on fellow prison inmate Dale Robertson, a former US marshal serving ten years for his involvement in a fatal shoot-out. Virginia Mayo helps McNally escape from jail, but no prizes for guessing who she ends up with. The period realism of the Arizona Territorial Prison setting makes this an unusual time-passer, and South Dakota-born director Alfred Werker had a way with westerns. It's all a bit grim, though, and a stronger cast would have helped a lot.


A former US marshal is unjustly convicted of murder and sent to a notorious Arizona jail, where he encounters an old adversary thirsting for revenge - and tensions are further heightened when a female inmate finds herself attracted to both men. Western, starring Dale Robertson, Stephen McNally and Virginia Mayo.

Cast & Crew

Billy Reynolds Dale Robertson
Abby Nixon Virginia Mayo
Jesse Gorman Stephen McNally
Frank Taggert Arthur Hunnicutt
Steve Morgan Robert Keith (1)
Captain Wells Jay C Flippen
Colonel Gomez George J Lewis
Virgil Whit Bissell
Director Alfred Werker
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: R.K.O. Radio Pictures Ltd