Ten Who Dared

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Ten Who Dared
Poster of the movie Ten Who Dared.jpg
Directed by William Beaudine
Produced by Walt Disney
James Algar
Written by Lawrence Edward Watkin
Based on journal
by John Wesley Powell
Starring Brian Keith
Ben Johnson
John Beal
Music by Oliver Wallace
Cinematography Gordon Avil
Edited by Norman Palmer
Cotton Warburton
Distributed by Buena Vista Distribution
Release date
  • November 1, 1960 (1960-11-01)
Running time
92 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Ten Who Dared is a 1960 film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by Buena Vista Distribution in 1960. It tells the story of United States Army officer John Wesley Powell, who was the first to travel down the Colorado River, and the dangers that he and nine other men had to face while making a map of the region during their 1869 expedition. Hired by Walt Disney Studios in 1959 as a technical adviser, Otis R. Marston led a film crew through the Grand Canyon to film river running and background scenes for the film.[1]

According to Allmovie, critics consistently rate this as one of the worst movies made by Disney.[2] The staff of Halliwell's Film Guide called it "tedious and unconvincing".[3]

One of the replica boats used on the film, the Emma Dean, was recovered by local raconteur, Stan A. Jones, in 1969 from the Golden Oak Ranch, a Disney movie lot in Placerita Canyon, Newhall, Santa Clarita, California.[4] The boat is on display at the Powell Museum in Page, Arizona.[5]

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  1. ^ "Otis R. Marston Collection, Huntington Library". Retrieved 2015-01-28. 
  2. ^ "Ten Who Dared". Allmovie. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2010-06-16. 
  3. ^ Gritten, David, ed. (2007). "Ten Who Dared". Halliwell's Film Guide 2008. Hammersmith, London: HarperCollins Publishers. p. 1178. ISBN 0-00-726080-6. 
  4. ^ Stan Jones (1998). "Emma Dean's Last Voyage". Stan Jones' Ramblings By Boat and Boot in Lake Powell Country. Page, Arizona: Sun Country Publications. pp. 75–77. 
  5. ^ "Powell Museum boat vandalized". Lake Powell Chronicle. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  6. ^ "Dell Four Color #1178". Grand Comics Database. 
  7. ^ Dell Four Color #1178 at the Comic Book DB

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