Passion (1954)

84 mins | Western | 6 October 1954

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Where the Wind Dies . Opening credits include the following written statement: "Early California...under Mexican rule...the timeless mountains and eternal snows looking down on the everlasting struggle of man against man." According to a 9 Mar 1954 LAT news item, Harmon Jones was originally scheduled to direct the ... More Less

The working title of this film was Where the Wind Dies . Opening credits include the following written statement: "Early California...under Mexican rule...the timeless mountains and eternal snows looking down on the everlasting struggle of man against man." According to a 9 Mar 1954 LAT news item, Harmon Jones was originally scheduled to direct the film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
9 Oct 1954.
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Daily Variety
6 Oct 54
p. 3.
Film Daily
22 Oct 54
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Apr 1954.
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Hollywood Reporter
7 May 1954.
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Hollywood Reporter
6 Oct 54
p. 3.
Los Angeles Daily News
2 Oct 1954.
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Los Angeles Examiner
28 Oct 1954.
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Los Angeles Times
9 Mar 1954.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
16 Oct 54
p. 178.
New York Times
11 Dec 54
p. 11.
Newsweek
18 Oct 1954.
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Variety
6 Oct 54
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
WRITERS
Based upon a story by
Based upon a story by
Based upon a story by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITORS
Supv ed
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Ward des
MUSIC
Mus score
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod supv
Dog trainer
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Where the Wind Dies
Release Date:
6 October 1954
Production Date:
mid April--mid May 1954
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
30 October 1954
Copyright Number:
LP4197
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Color
Technicolor
Widescreen/ratio
SuperScope
Duration(in mins):
84
Length(in feet):
7,584
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
17043
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In old California, a cattle rancher named Juan Obreon drives his herd to the grazing lands he plans to lease from his old friend, Gaspar Melo. Upon arriving near the town of Granada, Juan learns that Gaspar's granddaughter Rosa has recently given birth to his baby. Overjoyed, Juan proposes marriage, and Rosa accepts. Later, Juan rides into town to make arrangements for the wedding, while Salvador Sandro, overseer for wealthy landowner Don Domingo, leads a group of men to Gaspar's hacienda. The land on which the hacienda sits had been given to the Melo family, but because the gift was never transacted legally, Gaspar has no deed to prove his ownership. Sent by Don Domingo to reclaim the land, Sandro orders Gaspar and his family to leave immediately, but the old man refuses, so Sandro's man Castro begins shooting. Rosa's sister Tonya escapes on horseback, but Rosa and her grandparents are killed. Just before Sandro shoots her, Rosa hides her baby inside a hollow wall of the hacienda, which is set on fire. A passing couple hears the baby's cries and rescues the child. Tonya and Juan are certain that Sandro and his men are guilty of the killings, but having no proof, they are unable to convince Capt. Rodriguez to arrest the murderers. After Juan defeats him in a knife fight, Castro gives Juan the names of the men working for Sandro. When Castro pulls a hidden knife from his boot and tries to stab Juan, however, the rancher is forced to kill his only witness in self-defense. Rodriguez, one of Juan's closest friends, threatens to arrest Juan for murder ... +


In old California, a cattle rancher named Juan Obreon drives his herd to the grazing lands he plans to lease from his old friend, Gaspar Melo. Upon arriving near the town of Granada, Juan learns that Gaspar's granddaughter Rosa has recently given birth to his baby. Overjoyed, Juan proposes marriage, and Rosa accepts. Later, Juan rides into town to make arrangements for the wedding, while Salvador Sandro, overseer for wealthy landowner Don Domingo, leads a group of men to Gaspar's hacienda. The land on which the hacienda sits had been given to the Melo family, but because the gift was never transacted legally, Gaspar has no deed to prove his ownership. Sent by Don Domingo to reclaim the land, Sandro orders Gaspar and his family to leave immediately, but the old man refuses, so Sandro's man Castro begins shooting. Rosa's sister Tonya escapes on horseback, but Rosa and her grandparents are killed. Just before Sandro shoots her, Rosa hides her baby inside a hollow wall of the hacienda, which is set on fire. A passing couple hears the baby's cries and rescues the child. Tonya and Juan are certain that Sandro and his men are guilty of the killings, but having no proof, they are unable to convince Capt. Rodriguez to arrest the murderers. After Juan defeats him in a knife fight, Castro gives Juan the names of the men working for Sandro. When Castro pulls a hidden knife from his boot and tries to stab Juan, however, the rancher is forced to kill his only witness in self-defense. Rodriguez, one of Juan's closest friends, threatens to arrest Juan for murder but quietly allows him and Tonya to escape. Taking the law into his own hands, Juan then begins to kill Sandro's henchmen, offering each the chance to defend himself with a knife. Convinced that Juan has become a cold-blooded killer, Rodriguez vows to capture his old friend. Juan rides into Granada in search of Sandro, the last of the killers, despite Tonya's warnings that he is now wanted. Almost caught by Don Domingo, Juan hides in the house of a friend and overhears Sandro making plans to escape to the border. While pursuing Sandro across the territory, Juan and Tonya stop at the Sierra Nevada hacienda of his old friend Don Rosendo, who offers to hide Tonya. Rodriguez and his deputy arrive just as Juan is leaving, and when the captain sees Tonya, he realizes Juan must be nearby. After Rodriguez departs, Manuel Felipe, a hired hand, confesses that he and his wife took Juan's son, whom they believed had been orphaned, after which he and Tonya rush to tell Juan that his son is alive. As a deadly storm approaches, Juan, who has been given warm clothing for the journey, catches sight of the ill-equipped Sandro climbing a steep glacier. When Sandro falls, Juan forces him to walk until, in the snow and wind, he loses consciousness. Arriving at a mountain shelter, Juan examines Sandro and realizes he is near death. Just then, Rodriguez arrives, shoots Juan in the arm, and orders him from the shelter. When Tonya and Manuel arrive, Tonya rushes into the cabin to tell Juan about his son. When Rodriguez enters, Sandro confesses his guilt, whereupon the captain promises to testify on Juan's behalf. Realizing that Tonya cares for him, Juan promises her that he will recover from his wound because he has much to live for. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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