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27 September 1940 (USA) See more »
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In 1844, after the assassination of Mormon leader Joseph Smith by an angry mob in Illinois, the Mormons choose Brigham Young as their new leader and follow him to a new promised land in Utah. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tyrone Power ... Jonathan Kent

Linda Darnell ... Zina Webb

Dean Jagger ... Brigham Young

Brian Donlevy ... Angus Duncan

Jane Darwell ... Eliza Kent

John Carradine ... Porter Rockwell

Mary Astor ... Mary Ann Young

Vincent Price ... Joseph Smith

Jean Rogers ... Clara Young

Ann E. Todd ... Mary Kent (as Ann Todd)

Willard Robertson ... Heber Kimball

Moroni Olsen ... Doc Richards

Marc Lawrence ... Prosecutor

Stanley Andrews ... Hyrum Smith

Frank M. Thomas ... Hubert Crum (as Frank Thomas)

Fuzzy Knight ... Pete

Dickie Jones ... Henry Kent

Selmer Jackson ... Caleb Kent
Frederick Burton ... Mr. Webb

Arthur Aylesworth ... Jim Bridger

Chief John Big Tree ... Big Elk (as Chief Big Tree)
Davison Clark ... Johnson

Claire Du Brey ... Emma Smith (as Claire DuBrey)

Tully Marshall ... Judge
Dick Rich ... 1st Mob Leader

Edwin Maxwell ... 2nd Mob Leader

Ralph Dunn ... Jury Foreman

Edmund MacDonald ... Elder

George Melford ... John Taylor

Russell Simpson ... U.S. Army Major
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Esther Brodelet ... One of Brigham Young's Wives (uncredited)

Paul E. Burns ... Man with California Gold News (uncredited)
Cliff Clark ... Dissenter (uncredited)
Edmund Elton ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)

Jody Gilbert ... Stout Woman Who Can't Swim (uncredited)

William Haade ... Skeptic (uncredited)
Herbert Heywood ... Jokester at Chronicle Notice (uncredited)
Cammilla Johnson ... Little Girl (uncredited)
Cullen Johnson ... Boy in Covered Wagon (uncredited)
Payne B. Johnson ... Boy in Covered Wagon (uncredited)
David Kirkland ... Elder (uncredited)

Bob Kortman ... Agitator (uncredited)

Paul Kruger ... Raider (uncredited)
Ann Kunde ... Mormon (uncredited)

Frank LaRue ... Sheriff (uncredited)
Charles Frederick Lindsley ... Trailer Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Tom London ... Raider (uncredited)

Murdock MacQuarrie ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)

Louis Mason ... Man Laughing at Joke (uncredited)

Charles Middleton ... Mob Member (uncredited)
Lucille Miller ... One of Brigham Young's Wives (uncredited)

Frank Mills ... Man in Newspaper Office / Agitator (uncredited)
Philip Morris ... Mob Member (uncredited)

Imboden Parrish ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ruth Robinson ... Discouraged Mormon (uncredited)

John Roy ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Frank Shannon ... Second Man with California Gold News (uncredited)
Lee Shumway ... Mob Member (uncredited)

Harry Tyler ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)

Eddy Waller ... Man with California Gold News (uncredited)
Cecil Weston ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Blackie Whiteford ... Court Spectator (uncredited)

Hank Worden ... Mormon Cheering Porter (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry Hathaway 
Writing credits
Louis Bromfield 

Lamar Trotti (screenplay)

Produced by
Kenneth Macgowan .... associate producer
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer
Original Music by
Alfred Newman 
Robert Russell Bennett (uncredited)
David Buttolph (uncredited)
Cyril J. Mockridge (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Arthur C. Miller  (as Arthur Miller)
Film Editing by
Robert Bischoff 
Art Direction by
William S. Darling  (as William Darling)
Maurice Ransford 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
Costume Design by
Gwen Wakeling 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Otto Brower .... second unit director (uncredited)
Charles Hall .... assistant director (uncredited)
Ad Schaumer .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
E. Clayton Ward .... sound
Special Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph LaShelle .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
R.H. Bassett .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Alfred Newman .... musical director (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Eleanor Harris .... story researcher
George D. Pyper .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Brigham Young: Frontiersman" - UK, USA (promotional title)
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114 min | 113 min (FMC Library Print) | 114 min (copyright length)
Black and White (Sepiatone)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Finland:S | UK:A | USA:Approved (PCA #6329) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Moroni Olsen was the only principal cast member who was a Mormon. Dean Jagger was not a member of that church when he portrayed its leader, but he did join some 32 years later.See more »
Anachronisms: Eliza Kent's tomb "wheel" shows she died in 1843 on the trek west. But Joseph Smith did not die until 1844 and the saints did not leave Nauvoo until 1846.See more »
Brigham Young:I'm not looking for an easy religion. I'm looking for one I can bring my family up decent in.See more »
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Come, Come Ye SaintsSee more »


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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Powerful film, but Ty is just in it for box office, 25 September 2005
Author: blanche-2 from United States

This is a wonderful movie about the struggle of the Mormons and their final settlement in Salt Lake, Utah. The beginning and the ending are especially powerful, and the message is one we all have to be reminded of - God doesn't talk, but he communicates, if we would only listen. As I am writing this in the midst of the horrors going on in New Orleans and the surrounding area due to Katrina, I was especially moved by the Mormons having to leave everything behind and move on after Joseph Smith was assassinated. People came to this country to escape religious persecution, and yet they could not. The struggle of the Mormons to cross the country, the cost in lives, the hardship they suffered was truly awe-inspiring, demonstrating their tremendous strength. As far as the actual beliefs of Mormons, this is not heavily gone into, and polygamy is mentioned but is not a centerpiece of the film at all.

The cast is top-notch, though others who have commented know more about the actual characters and can talk about how true the portrayals were. But as actors, Dean Jagger, Mary Astor, Brian Donlevy, John Carradine, Jane Darwell all do excellently with the script they were given.

Though the film could have easily stood on its own (and certainly does today) Tyrone Power and Linda Darnell were added to the cast to get the crowds into the movie theaters to see a film about the Mormons. Power is magnificently handsome as a young Mormon, and Darnell, as Zina, is not a Mormon but stays on with the family after her father is killed. Power does not have much to do until the end of the film, when he has a big scene, and Darnell (still a teenager at the time of the filming) has even less, though they make a lovely couple. Their fate is left unclear regarding her conversion, and one does wonder about the polygamy in their case. You can't beat either one for eye candy, however.

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