Canyon Passage (1946): Jacques Tourneur Western, Shot in Technicolor

The lavishly mounted Western, Canyon Passage, is directed by Jacques Tourneur, better known for his horror (Cat People) and noir films (Out of the Past).

Canyon Passage
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US Theatrical Poster
Starring Dana Andrews and Brian Donlevy, the tale is beautifully photographed in Technicolor by Edward Cronjager.
The supporting cat includes Susan Hayward, Ward Bond, Andy Devine, and Lloyd Bridges.
Oscar Nominations: 1
Song: “Ole Buttermilk Sky,” music by Hoagy Carmichael, lyrics by Jack Brooks
Oscar Awards: None
Oscar Context
The winner of the Best Song Oscar was “On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe,” by Harry Warren and Johnny Mercer from the musical “The Harvey Girls.”


Directed by Jacques Tourneur
Produced by Walter Wanger
Written by Ernest Pascal, based Ernest Haycox novel
Cinematography Edward Cronjager
Edited by Milton Carruth
Color process Technicolor

Production company: Walter Wanger Productions

Distributed by Universal Pictures

Release date: July 15, 1946 (Portland); July 17, 1946 (US)

Running time: 92 minutes
Budget $2,623,925
Box office $4,263,651