Canyon Passage (1946) poster
Film and Television

What is a Western? Film Series: Canyon Passage (1946)

Part of the series What is a Western? Film Series

Saturday, January 12, 2019, 1:30 p.m.

The Autry: Wells Fargo Theater

Included With Museum Admission / Free for Autry Members
Space Is Limited / Reservations Recommended

About the Event

January and February's (The Tall TWhat Is a Western? screenings include classic pictures—a major Universal production and a low-budget Columbia quickie—that provide intriguing food for thought regarding what makes a “Western.” With contrasting yet equally entertaining approaches, they challenge our standard expectations of hero, villain, story, and even landscape. Introduced by guest curator Jeremy Arnold, TCM film historian, commentator, and author of The Essentials: 52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter.

Canyon Passage (1946)

Blazing Technicolor captures the forest green landscape of 1856 Oregon in this complex, neglected film. Dana Andrews spars with Ward Bond and Brian Donlevy, but this intensely atmospheric film is ultimately composed of many interwoven subplots including gambling, homesteading, and a romantic triangle.

Directed by Jacques Tourneur | Starring Dana Andrews, Brian Donlevy, and Susan Hayward | Screened in 35mm 

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