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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Raoul Walsh
Produced by Milton Sperling
Screenplay by Niven Busch
Starring Teresa Wright
Robert Mitchum
Judith Anderson
Dean Jagger
Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography James Wong Howe
Edited by Christian Nyby
United States Pictures
Warner Bros.
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • March 2, 1947 (1947-03-02)
Running time
101 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget £610,000[1]

Pursued is a 1947 film that combines western film noir and psychological melodrama. The picture was directed by Raoul Walsh and features Teresa Wright, Robert Mitchum, Judith Anderson and Dean Jagger.[2]


Set in New Mexico around the turn of the 20th century and told in flashback, the film tells the story of Jeb (Mitchum) whose entire family was slaughtered when he was a young boy. The vision haunts him into adulthood, but the rest of his childhood is forgotten. When the killers discover that Jeb is the only family member to survive, they vow to kill him too. He spends his life avoiding his unseen assailants, trying to remember his past and find the men responsible for the killings.



It was shot on location in Gallup, New Mexico.[3]


Critical response[edit]

Film critic Bosley Crowther wrote a mixed review, "... the strange and angry actions which occur through the tortuous wanderings of this drama seem decidedly bewildering and absurd. What's so significant about a fellow—even though he may be a foster-child—finding life slightly oppressive on a primitive New Mexican ranch? ... As we say, without the revelation which comes rather patly at the end, the urgency of these weighty questions is hard to grasp as the picture drones along. And it is likewise hard to work up any sympathy for the hero, who seems bored by all his woes. That may be because Robert Mitchum, who plays the latter, is a very rigid gent and gives off no more animation than a Frigidaire turned to 'Defrost'"[4]

Variety magazine, on the other hand, praised the film. The Variety staff wrote, "Pursued is potent frontier days western film fare. Standout in picture is suspense generated by the original script and Raoul Walsh's direction. It builds the western gunman's death walk to high moments of thrill and action. Strong casting also is a decided factor in selling the action wares. Production makes use of natural outdoor backgrounds supplied by New Mexico scenery, lending air of authenticity that is fully captured by the camera."[5]


According to the documentary Jim Morrison - the last 24 hours, Morrison took Pamela Courson to this movie on July 2, 1971 in Paris just hours before he died.


  1. ^ "How to Make A Movie For £610,000.". The Mail (Adelaide, SA : 1912 - 1954) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 18 October 1947. p. 10 Supplement: Sunday Magazine. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Pursued at the American Film Institute Catalog.
  3. ^ AFI. Ibid.
  4. ^ Crowther, Bosley. The New York Times, film review, March 8, 1947. Accessed: July 25, 2013.
  5. ^ Variety. Staff film review. 1947. July 25, 2013.

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