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Title: Devil's Canyon (1953)
Post by: Dust Devil on March 26, 2011, 03:44:25 AM

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045684/


What I don't understand is the title: Devil's Canyon. I watched the whole movie, and couldn't find any in it. What bloody canyon are they talking about? This is barely a W, and mostly a prison (drama) movie.

Pretty mediocre and uneventful B production W, low on every level, with some truly ridiculous gunshot wounds, especially the gatling ones. As a matter of fact, now that I think better, there weren't any wounds, at all, lol. The characters just hide them with their hands. I guess they must have hurt as hell.

Very low production values.

Some of the characters - as shallow as they are in concept - were fun to watch, to some extent at least. Several of the line exchanges and jokes have some merit, pity there wasn't much of anything else to mix them in. Paradoxically, I don't have any complaints about the acting.


3.5/10


Title: Re: Devil's Canyon (1953)
Post by: Dust Devil on March 26, 2011, 03:49:14 AM
I'm not bitter for the loss of that one and a half hour of my life: otherwise couldn't have opened this beautiful topic. Not much sense in that, though, I doubt anybody here will ever have the chance to see it...

Anyway, a DVD of some sort apparently does exist, and also worth mentioning is that DC is in 3-D.


Title: Re: Devil's Canyon (1953)
Post by: Dust Devil on March 26, 2011, 03:53:49 AM
lol, I just read some of the reviews on IMDb and some fella wrote the 'canyon' the title's referring to is actually Virginia Mayo's crotch. Makes sense, more than the first option anyway. Though don't be fooled: she doesn't show anything.


Title: Re: Devil's Canyon (1953)
Post by: titoli on March 26, 2011, 07:01:52 AM
lol, I just read some of the reviews on IMDb and some fella wrote the 'canyon' the title's referring to is actually Virginia Mayo's crotch. Makes sense, more than the first option anyway.

Is she the "devil" of the movie?


Title: Re: Devil's Canyon (1953)
Post by: Dust Devil on March 26, 2011, 12:20:50 PM
Is she the "devil" of the movie?

I guess that depends on your point of view, but from what I know they're the devil of basically every W that I can think of. And not exclusively. (What planet do you live on.)


Title: Re: Devil's Canyon (1953)
Post by: Spikeopath on February 19, 2017, 04:31:52 PM
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045684/


What I don't understand is the title: Devil's Canyon. I watched the whole movie, and couldn't find any in it. What bloody canyon are they talking about? This is barely a W, and mostly a prison (drama) movie.

Pretty mediocre and uneventful B production W, low on every level, with some truly ridiculous gunshot wounds, especially the gatling ones. As a matter of fact, now that I think better, there weren't any wounds, at all, lol. The characters just hide them with their hands. I guess they must have hurt as hell.

Very low production values.

Some of the characters - as shallow as they are in concept - were fun to watch, to some extent at least. Several of the line exchanges and jokes have some merit, pity there wasn't much of anything else to mix them in. Paradoxically, I don't have any complaints about the acting.
3.5/10


Devil's Canyon is the "unofficial" name of the prison, it has been a long time since I saw it but I'm sure one of the cons refers to it as that. I rated it a touch higher than yourself, but yeah, it's pretty poor.

Me>

Tonight there's gonna be a jailbreak, somewhere in this town…

Devil's Canyon is directed by Alfred Werker and collectively written by Frederick Hazlitt Brennan, Harry Essex, Bennett R. Cohen and Norton S. Parker. It stars Dale Robertson, Stephen McNally, Virginia Mayo, Robert Keith, Arthur Hunnicutt, Jay C. Flippen, Whit Bissell and Earl Holliman. Music is by Daniele Amfitheatrof and cinematography by Nicholas Musuraca.

Arizona 1897 and former marshal Billy Reynolds (Robertson) is forced to kill in self defence two brothers of outlaw Jesse Gorman (McNally), the man Billy had previously sent to prison. With new people enforcing new laws in town, Billy doesn't get a fair trial and is sentenced to ten years at the tough Arizona Territorial Prison; home of one Jesse Gorman! When lady outlaw Abby Dixon (Mayo), sweetheart of Gorman, is also sent to the prison, it stirs the already potent hornets nest still further…

Originally a 3D production out of RKO, boasting Natural Vision 3 - Dimension no less, Devil's Canyon can now only be viewed in Technicolor flat mode. Upon examination it's hard to believe that even in 3D this tardy Western had anything going for it, unless Mayo's pointy breasts were the selling point, or Robertson's Teddy Boy haircut? (Yes, they must have had Teddy Boy's in Arizona circa 1897!).

There's a bunch of reliable Western actors in it, director Werker was always competent and ace cinematographer Musuraca was also on board, yet the promising story is bogged down by a good hour of, well, nothingness, as the screenplay has a bunch of sweaty guys talking about stuff that doesn't advance the plot with any real distinction.

Mayo looks gorgeous, but her character is victim of a preposterous set-up and in spite of the trailer (and some misguided reviews) promising a prison of 500 desperate men in a tizzy over one woman, this really isn't the case at all. It should also be pointed out that Devil's Canyon is where the prison is, it's the unofficial name of the prison, it is not a metaphor for Mayo's private parts, as some have bizarrely suggested is the case!

On the plus side the picture begins and ends with some decent action, with the Gatling Gun coming into play at the finale, which just about lifts the film out of its stupor. Yet even here it's all very predictable and hard to feel lenient about since the previous hour has been so pointless. The prison is suitably dank and moody, Musuraca doing his best to put a bleak sense of film noir foreboding on proceedings, while costuming for the boys is of a high standard.

Utterly frustrating all told, a waste of idea and personnel, while the print shown on TV these days is scratchy and often washed out in colour. 5/10