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Rim of the Canyon (1949)

Passed | | Action, Comedy, Music | 1 July 1949 (USA)
Gene Autry's stolen horse turns up in a ghost town where Gene goes after he is left stranded during a stagecoach race.

Director:

John English

Writers:

John K. Butler (screenplay), Joseph Chadwick (story "Phantom .45s Talk Loud")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gene Autry ... Gene Autry / Marshal Steve Autry
Champion ... Champ, Gene's Horse (as Champion World's Wonder Horse)
Nan Leslie ... Ruth Lambert
Thurston Hall ... Big Tim Hanlon
Clem Bevans ... Loco John
Walter Sande ... Jake Fargo
Jock Mahoney ... Pete Reagan (as Jock O'Mahoney)
Francis McDonald ... Charlie Lewis
Alan Hale Jr. ... Matt Kimbrough
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Storyline

Gene Autry's horse "Champion" (Champion) is stolen by escaped convicts Jake Fargon (Walter Sande), Pete Reagon (Jock Mahoney) and Charlie Lewis (Francis McDonald). Twenty years earlier Fargo and Lewis had been captured by City Marshal Steve Autry (Gene Autry)and sent to prison after the theft of $30,000 from "Big Tim" Hanlon (Thurston Hall), a bonanza king. Gene (Gene Autry)traces the convicts to the ghost town in which the loot had been hidden way, where he also finds Hanlon and school teacher Ruth Lambert (Nan Leslie). Loco John (Clem Bevans)warns Gene the killers are around. The convicts pursue Gene and his friends through the spooky buildings. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THE NEW AND THE OLD WEST CLASH as Gene blasts yesterday's badmen out of ghost city treasure cache! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Valle del odio See more »

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Budget:

$46,784 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Gene Autry Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Edited into Six Gun Theater: Rim of the Canyon (2016) See more »

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You're The Only Star In My Blue Heaven
Written by Gene Autry
Sung by Gene Autry
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A TALENTED CAST AND CREW MAKES THE MOST OF AN INTERESTING STORY.
7 November 2004 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

Shortly after Gene Autry returned to the world of Western film-making following his wartime service, he left Republic Pictures, moving with his production company to Columbia where he enjoyed the greater fiscal capabilities of the larger studio, as can plainly be observed in this well-made melodrama that is marked by strong contributions from all involved, and that offers a storyline having precedence over Autry's former bedrock singing scenes, of which there are but two examples in this piece. Gene plays a double role, incorporating flashbacks as his sheriff father Steve who, 20 years prior, had arrested a trio of stagecoach bandits that are now prison escapees and have returned to their former hunting grounds, in the area where Gene owns a spread, to regain their secreted loot, and before this briskly-paced film has come to its closing, we may enjoy a scenario featuring an exciting stage coach race, a ghost ( naturally residing in a ghost town), a rampaging herd of wild horses, excellent stunt work, a romance (for which a homely schoolteacher abruptly blossoms), along with gunplay and superb horsemanship. The original story penned by Joseph Chadwick and published in the long-running pulp magazine "Western Aces" is adapted to a script by John K. Butler that improves upon it, adding elements that match the skills of those involved, including director John English who further tightens the work, cinematographer William Bradford, notable cameraman of equine fare, editor Aaron Stell (TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD) who works closely with English, George Montgomery, whose designs are moodily effective for the ghost town interiors, Russell Malmgren with noteworthy sound mixing, in addition to the duo of Paul Malcolm (makeup) and Beth Langston (coiffeurs) who successfully bring about a metamorphosis of Ruth (Nan Leslie) from a plain, lovelorn spinster into an actual beauty; Leslie is impressive, as are future cinema Tarzan Jock Mahoney and rugged Walter Sande as hold-up men, and there are fine turns from old hands Thurston Hall, Alan Hale Jr., Clem Bevans, John McKee, Francis McDonald and Denver Pyle, while Champion Jr. must not be ignored, the Tennessee Walker's actions being fundamental to plot development.


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