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With: Teresa Wright, Robert Mitchum, Judith Anderson, Dean Jagger, Alan Hale, John Rodney, Harry Carey Jr.
Written by: Niven Busch
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 101
Date: 03/02/1947

Pursued (1947)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Strange on the Range

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Veteran action director Raoul Walsh began as an actor in silent film, playing John Wilkes Booth in D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation before turning director. His long career has many high points, and Pursued is one of them.

Robert Mitchum and Teresa Wright star in this outstanding "noir" western with odd psychological overtones. Mitchum plays an orphan taken in by Wright's family. He falls in love with her despite being her near-sibling. At the same time a one-armed man is gunning for Mitchum.

Walsh (White Heat) throws ominous rock formations or low-hung ceilings behind his characters to make them seem small and hunted.

Pursued plays July 9 in a double bill with Roger Corman's Oklahoma Woman (1956) at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts as part of their Strange on the Range festival.

Olive Films re-released the film on Blu-ray in 2012, emphasizing all those luscious deep blacks and shadowy moments. It's yet another must-have from that wonderful distributor. As an extra, the disc includes Martin Scorsese's filmed introduction, recorded for a VHS release back in the 1990s.

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