Another Dan Ullman-script… Canyon River, 1956, in which I made a bet with myself during the opening-credits… There won’t be a ‘canyon’ and there won’t be a ‘river’. Only non-intrinsic shots of canyons and rivers. I was right.
The film starts-out with a huge plot-palpitation: Peter Graves is already plotting to kill and rob his friend-and-boss, George Montgomery for no believable reason. He tells a crooked land-baron that he’s “tired of being good.”
Meanwhile, for no believable reason, Montgomery has decided that Wyoming Winters are bad for Texas-cattle… so he sells his ranch and travels to Oregon on a cattle-buying trip, then will bring them back to breed with transplanted Texas-cattle. -All because he saw one halfbreed calf walking in Spring-snow.
The flaw is that Oregon Winters are slightly less milder than Texas Winters, so the cattle’s durability is the same The jet-stream brings the Arctic storms down over the Wyoming side of the Rockies. Intelligent audience-members know that Wyoming-cattlemen actually solved the Winter-problem by introducing cattle from Scotland.
Anyway, Graves makes a deal with the baron to split Montgomery’s herd after killing Montgomery on the drive back from Oregon. Of course, Graves has a change of heart as Ullman.concocts smarmy situations to show what a great guy Montgomery is. Graves tries to stop the ambush, but is killed by the baddies, who’re subsequently killed by a stampede… which is actually a collage of non-intrinsic shots of a stampede. The film rates a relatively awful 4-out-of-10. .