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Devil's Canyon

  • Western
  • Action
  • 1953
  • Alfred Werker
  • 89 mins
  • A

Summary

Western starring Dale Robertson and Virginia Mayo. Despite a warning from beautiful outlaw Abby Nixon, former US marshal Billy Reynolds becomes involved in a fatal shoot-out and is sentenced to ten years for murder at the notorious Arizona Territorial Prison.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Billy ReynoldsDale Robertson
Abby NixonVirginia Mayo
Jesse GormanStephen McNally
Frank TaggertArthur Hunnicutt
Steve MorganRobert Keith (1)
Captain WellsJay C Flippen
Colonel GomezGeorge J Lewis
VirgilWhit Bissell

Crew

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DirectorAlfred Werker

Details

Theatrical distributor
R.K.O. Radio Pictures Ltd
Released on
1954-03-01
Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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