Across the Wide Missouri (1951)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Romance, Western  |  23 October 1951 (USA)
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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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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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A year in the making ! Thousands in the cast !


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23 October 1951 (USA)  »

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Assim São os Fortes  »

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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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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. See more »


It's quite obvious that the papoose on the runaway horse is a doll. See more »


Pierre: [while helping him bathe in a stream] Mr. Flint, you know all about the mountains, but you know nothing about the woman... not yet... but you will learn.
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Traditional French-Canadian children's song
Sung at Christmas celebration in stockade
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Not the Epic it Should Have Been
25 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Across the Wide Missouri (1951)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Clark Gable plays a beaver hunter who heads to the Rocky Mountains but encounters Indians as he explores the new territory. There's some nice things in this film but in the end it comes as a major disappointed especially about Gable and Wellman did so much better with The Call of the Wild in 1935. When this was shown on TCM, William Wellman, Jr. talked about all the problems with MGM during post production. Apparently this was originally meant to be an epic picture but the studio started cutting it to pieces and they eventually cut so much that they had to hire Howard Keel to do narration to bring any sense to the film. Watching the 78-minute movies it's easy to tell that there's all sorts of stuff missing and there are even some very strange edits, which make it clear that we were originally meant to see more. As for the final version, it's really not too bad but it's not too good either. Gable is pretty good in his role but Ricardo Montalban steals the film. J. Carroll Naish has a nice role as well. The Technicolor really brings out the great locations but in the end one can't get over the edited product. The "shock" at the end of the picture is also ruined due to the narration, which kills the suspense of how the film plays out.

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