Saturday, January 12, 2019

Weekend Movie Fun: Canyon Passage (1946) at the Autry (and Philippe's!)

We spent a wonderful day in Los Angeles today. It was rainy but that just made everything seem a bit cozier!

We started out with lunch at Philippe's near Union Station, our first visit since 2016.

It was wonderful as always!

I also brought home a great new mug for my collection! I enjoy using mugs from various fun places that we visit.

We then headed to the Autry Museum of the American West, formerly the Autry National Center. Somehow we hadn't been back since our visit in 2011!

We had a wonderful time exploring the exhibits and seeing the marvelous Western CANYON PASSAGE (1946) in the museum's Wells Fargo Theater. It was shown as part of the Autry's What is a Western? series and was preceded by a wonderfully detailed and informative introduction by Jeremy Arnold.

The 35mm print was beautiful, and I was thrilled to see the film on a big screen for the first time! The museum's sound system frankly left something to be desired, but fortunately I know the film well so that missed words didn't matter as much as they otherwise might have. (Update: See the comments for more information on this; the problem may have been with the print and not the sound system.)

We had a great time and hope to return next month for the museum's screening of THE TALL T (1957), which will also be hosted by Jeremy Arnold. (We'll just be hoping to sit in the front row close to the speakers!)

I plan to write more extensively about CANYON PASSAGE and the Autry for the Classic Movie Hub site soon and will share that link when it's available. (Update: My post is now available at Classic Movie Hub.)

Related Posts: Tonight's Movie: Canyon Passage (1946); What is a Western? Film Series at the Autry; Weekend Fun in L.A.: Philippe's and the Autry (2011); Tonight's Movie: Criss Cross (1949) at Union Station (2016 visit including Philippe's).

Also: Weekend Movie Fun (February 2018); Weekend Movie Fun: Design for Living at the Egyptian Theatre (July 2018); Weekend Movie Fun: Counsellor at Law (1933) at UCLA (and the Apple Pan!) (July 2018).


Blogger Jerry Entract said...

I am most envious, Laura! Love to see "CANYON PASSAGE" in those circumstances.

We visited the Autry Museum in 2000 and I loved the place. There were some wonderful exhibits to warm the heart of any westerns fan.

12:34 AM  
Blogger Caftan Woman said...

Oh, I am green with envy! However, I'm not sure if I am more jealous of your seeing Canyon Passage and The Tall T on the big screen or of that roast beef sandwich in a cozy diner. You're livin' the dream!

5:56 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Jerry, I'm so glad you got to visit the Autry. You got there before I did! You really saw a lot on your CA trip. I found that in the few years since my last trip, the exhibits came to mean even more to me as I've gotten to know certain actors' work more deeply. I felt quiet emotional at the Buck Jones display.

Caftan Woman, days like yesterday make the difficulties of living in Southern California worth it (grin). How I wish you could join me for such an excursion! Maybe someday!

Best wishes,

2:38 PM  
Blogger Hamlette (Rachel) said...

What a perfect day out! I haven't seen Canyon Passage yet, though I believe I have it on DVD, because I've been saving it for a day when I need a new Dana Andrews western. Such days do happen, after all ;-)

9:00 AM  
Anonymous Jeremy said...

For what it's worth, I was told the sound problem with CANYON PASSAGE was with the optical track on the print, not with the theater's actual sound system... Hopefully THE TALL T will sound better!

4:16 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Hamlette, I hope you enjoy it when you catch up with it! It's a film I appreciate more with each successive viewing.

Best wishes,

6:13 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Jeremy, thanks so much for that info, that is good news. Hoping to be at THE TALL T and will cross fingers the soundtrack problem is not an issue!

It was great to see you last weekend!

Best wishes,

6:14 PM  

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