'Canyon Passage', is a film, I have always fondly remembered, from many years' ago.
Usually, when a favourite film, is, viewed again, years' later, a disappointment sets in, as, the film sometimes, has fallen short of the mark and has dated.
This cannot be said of this excellent film.
Filmed in vibrant colour and boasting the presence of the absolutely ravishing Susan Hayward, it is a must see!
She is ably supported, by a sterling cast, lead by Dana Andrews, Brian Donlevy, Andy Devine, Lloyd Bridges, Ward Bond and English beauty, Patricia Roc.
This also just happened to be, Director, Jacques Tourneur's first Western. He had previously been the much acclaimed Director of two fine film noirs', notably 'Cat People' and 'Out of the Past' also known as 'Build my Gallows High'.
M/s Hayward, herself, several years' later, would win the best actress Oscar for 'I Want to Live', produced by Walter Wanger, who is also the Producer of 'Canyon Passage'.
Also featured in the cast, is the great Hoagy Carmichael, as a wandering minstrel, who just happens to warble, extremely, catchy songs. It is this superb singer/ composer, who sings 'Ole Buttermilk Sky', during the closing moments of the film.
All in all, a lovely movie, to watch time and time again.
The wonderful, last lingering shot of Susan Hayward and Dana Andrews riding into the future, is an uplifting revelation in itself alone.