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This 1956 Western is short and sweet (it's 80 mins). The plot is a
little more complicated than many other minor westerns like this. Geo.
Montgomery is a rancher who wants to cross-breed some cattle to make
them heartier for the frigid Wyoming winters. He goes to Oregon with
his ranch foreman (Peter Graves) to bring back some good breeding
stock. But on the way to Ore. Graves gets shot up pretty bad by some
horse-stealing Indians and is left behind at a lady's residence to
recover (played by Marcia Henderson). What Montgomery doesn't know is
before he left for Oregon good old P.G. had him set up for slaughter on
the way back so he could steal the herd and along with an unscrupulous
businessman and his slimy henchman (Walter Sande and Robert J. Wilke)
set themselves up in the ranching business. But there are yet more
complications to come on the road to ranching happiness . . . but
you'll have to see the movie to find out the rest.
UPDATE: This movie was released on DVD by Warner Home Video on 3/23/09, but I've still got my long out-of-print videocassette of CANYON RIVER on the old Allied Artists Video Corporation label.