Tycoon (1947 film)

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Tycoon FilmPoster.jpeg
Film poster
Directed by Richard Wallace
Produced by Stephen Ames
Written by Borden Chase
John Twist
Based on Tycoon
1934 novel
by C.E. Scoggins
Starring John Wayne
Anthony Quinn
Laraine Day
Music by Leigh Harline
Cinematography W. Howard Greene
Harry J. Wild
Edited by Frank Doyle
Distributed by RKO Pictures
Release date
  • December 27, 1947 (1947-12-27)
Running time
128 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3.2 million[1]
Box office $2.5 million (US rentals)[2]

Tycoon is a 1947 American Technicolor romance film starring John Wayne based on the 1934 novel of the same name by C.E. Scoggins.


Johnny Munroe (John Wayne) travels to South America to build a mountain railroad tunnel for Frederick Alexander (Sir Cedric Hardwicke), a wealthy industrialist. Complications arise when Alexander insists upon a shorter, more dangerous passage and when his daughter Maura (Laraine Day) develops a romantic interest with Johnny.



Maureen O'Hara was originally cast as Wayne's leading lady, but RKO put her in Sinbad the Sailor instead.[3] Set in the Andes, the film was originally intended to be filmed at RKO's Estudios Churubusco in Mexico but at the last minute production was shifted to Lone Pine, California.[3]


Though successful, the film did not earn back its huge production costs of RKO's most expensive production up to that time.[4] It ended up losing $1,035,000.[5]

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  1. ^ Richard Jewell & Vernon Harbin, The RKO Story. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House, 1982. p225
  2. ^ "Top Grossers of 1948", Variety 5 January 1949 p 46
  3. ^ a b p.287 Roberts, Randy & Olson, James Stuart John Wayne, American 1997 University of Kentucky Press
  4. ^ p.131 Reid, John Howard Popular Pictures of the 1940s 2004 Lulu.com
  5. ^ Richard Jewel, 'RKO Film Grosses: 1931-1951', Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, Vol 14 No 1, 1994 p46

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