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Across the Wide Missouri (1951)

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Trapper Flint Mitchell and other mountain men from the Rendezvous join forces to enter virgin trapping territory but must contend with a resentful Blackfoot chief.



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Complete credited cast:
Flint Mitchell
John Hodiak ...
J. Carrol Naish ...
Looking Glass
Bear Ghost
Capt. Humberstone Lyon
George Chandler ...
María Elena Marqués ...


In the 1830's beaver trapper Flint Mitchell and other white men hunt and trap in the then unnamed territories of Montana and Idaho. Flint marries a Blackfoot woman as a way to gain entrance into her people's rich lands, but finds she means more to him than a ticket to good beaver habitat. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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23 October 1951 (USA)  »

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Across the Wide Missouri  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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(Western Electric Sound System)



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1.37 : 1
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Final film of Jack Holt. See more »


When the horse with Gable's son runs away. the child is originally on the right side of the horse. The succeeding shot shows him on the left side of the horse. Later shots show him back on the right side. The anomalous shot is shown again later with the baby now on the correct (right) side, indicating that the film had been flipped. See more »


Capt. Humberstone Lyon: Mr. Chennault, this gathering is unique in my experience. Where do they all come from?
Lucien Chennault: Captain Lynn, they come from beyond maps.
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Referenced in The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953) See more »


The Devil's Concerto
from "The Devil and Daniel Webster' (uncredited)
Composed by Bernard Herrmann (1941)
Heard at Rendezvous on soundtrack
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Pioneer epic with great stars , gorgeous cinematography and majestic landscapes filmed in spectacular Rocky Mountains
20 March 2013 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

This is a lyric Western about trappers , it's a homage to integration between human being and Nature , being inspired by the book by Bernard De Voton with screenplay by Talbot Jennings . The story of a tough trapper , titan of a woman and her love for dashing Indian girl . Created by a a great picture maker at incalculable cost with a superb cast of thousands in especially recreated old Rocky Mountains . Turbulent adventure set against the rich ,romantic tapestry of early Colorado state . Trapper Flint Mitchell (Clark Gable) and other mountain men from the Rendezvous join forces to enter virgin trapping territory but must contend with a resentful Blackfoot chief . Flint marries an Indian woman (Maria Elena Marques) so he can trap beaver pelts on her people's rich land . On the trip to the Indian territory however , he falls in in love with his bride .

This colorful film contains beautiful scenery , tempestuous Indian attacks , war , lawless raids , a love story , intrepid men and women ; at last , in all its wild , brave magnificence , the motion picture of valiant trappers . Deliberately paced , elegiac Western , including marvelous landscapes from Rocky Mountains . Interesting historical/drama/Western is slightly marred by the continuous use of narration provided by Howard Keel . This poetic film focuses the insertion of human being into nature . Most of the "Native Americans" in this movie are all portrayed by Hispanic or Caucasian actors, because there was a noticeable lack of Native American actors at MGM at the time this movie was made. When the original version of the finished film was submitted to MGM executives, they didn't like it. The film went through heavy editing, and a producer had the idea of tying together the surviving pieces by adding voice-over narration from Mitchell's grown up son, as if he is telling his father's life story. Howard Keel, who had just finished making Magnolia, was brought in for this purpose as voice in off . The changes led to director William A. Wellman effectively disowning the film. When asked about it in an interview, he said "I've not seen it, and I never will" . Gable gives a good acting as a rugged fur trapper who marries an Indian woman , Clark along with Maria Elena Marques form a memorable couple . Clark Gable personally chose William A. Wellman to direct because he admired ¨Battlegroud¨. Lively acting from support cast as Adolphe Menjou as a French tippler , J Carrol Naish as quirky Indian Chief , and John Hodiak , Alan Napier as two Scottish men . Furthermore, debut of Timothy Carey and final film of Jack Holt .Evocative cinematography shot with heavy Technicolor cameras by William Mellor , filmed on location in Durango, Colorado,La Plata Canyon, San Juan National Forest, Durango, Molas Lake, Silverton, Colorado,Ouray County, Haviland Dam, San Juan National Forest, Little Boyce Lake, San Juan National Forest,Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, Durango, Colorado . Sensitive as well as enjoyable musical score by David Raskin , including an agreeable leitmotif .

The motion picture was stunningly directed by William A Wellman , a veteran professional from silent cinema . Wellman has directed all kind of genres as Wartime : ¨Alas¨ , ¨Battleground¨ , ¨The story of GI Joe¨ , ¨Lafayette Escadrilla¨ , Drama : ¨Nothing sacred¨, ¨Blood Alley¨ , ¨Good my lady¨ , ¨Magic Town and the Oscarized ¨A Star is born¨ , his greatest success , Adventure : ¨Beau Geste¨ , Gangster movie : ¨Public enemy ¨, and Western : ¨Buffalo Bill¨ , ¨The Ox-Box incident¨ , ¨Westerward the woman¨ and this A¨cross the wide Missouri¨. rating : Above average , worthwhile watching .

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