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The Far Country (1954)

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A self-minded adventurer (Jeff Webster) locks horns with a crooked lawman (Mr. Gannon) while driving cattle to Dawson.

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Jeff Webster
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Ronda Castle
Corinne Calvet ...
Renee Vallon
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Ben Tatum
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Gannon
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Rube
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Ketchum (as Henry Morgan)
Steve Brodie ...
Ives
Connie Gilchrist ...
Hominy
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Madden (as Robert Wilke)
Chubby Johnson ...
Dusty
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Luke
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Frank Newberry
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Grits
Connie Van ...
Molasses
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In 1896, Jeff Webster sees the start of the Klondike gold rush as a golden opportunity to make a fortune in beef...and woe betide anyone standing in his way! He drives a cattle herd from Wyoming to Seattle, by ship to Skagway, and (after a delay caused by larcenous town boss Gannon) through the mountains to Dawson. There, he and his partner Ben Tatum get into the gold business themselves. Two lovely women fall for misanthropic Jeff, but he believes in every-man-for-himself, turning his back on growing lawlessness...until it finally strikes home. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Memorable in "THE GLENN MILLER STORY" and "REAR WINDOW"... now...as the Stranger with a Gun, driven by restless longings, challenging the Klondike's snow and sin and greed, where gold was the lure and the fanciest woman in Dawson, his for the taking! See more »


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12 February 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Je suis un aventurier  »

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Trivia

One of James Stewart's favorite stories of his film career concerned his horse, Pie, a sorrel stallion whom Stewart called, "One of the best co-stars I ever had." Pie appeared as Stewart's horse in 17 Westerns, and the actor developed a strong personal bond with the horse. Pie was very intelligent, Stewart recalled, and would often "act for the cameras when they were rolling. He was a ham of a horse." When shooting the climax of "The Far Country," the script called for Stewart's horse to walk down a dark street alone, with no rider in the saddle, to fool the bad guys who were waiting to ambush Stewart. Assistant Director John Sherwood asked Stewart if Pie would be able to do the scene. Stewart replied, "I'll talk to him." Just before the cameras rolled, Stewart took Pie aside and whispered to the horse for several minutes, giving him instructions for the scene. When Stewart let the horse go, Pie walked perfectly down the middle of the street, doing the scene in one take. When Pie died in 1970, Stewart arranged to have the horse buried at his California ranch. See more »

Goofs

The distance between Jeff's hand and his six-shooter on the bar between shots. See more »

Quotes

Skagway Sheriff Gannon: Take his gun. Lock him up.
[Jeff reaches for his gun, but Gannon outdraws him]
Skagway Sheriff Gannon: Were you thinkin' about usin' that?
Jeff Webster: Nooo, I was just showin' your deputy where to find it.
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Crazy Credits

After "The End" a title card reads: We gratefully acknowledge the splendid cooperation extended to "The Far Country" cast and crew by all concerned at Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada. See more »

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Soundtracks

PRETTY LITTLE PRIMROSE
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Music by Milton Rosen
Lyrics by Frederick Herbert
Performed by Connie Gilchrist, Kathleen Freeman and Connie Van
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"Are they gonna take this lying down?……Ain't we?"
11 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not Quite as Intriguing as Other Mann/Stewart Westerns, it Still Remains one of the Better of the Genre Despite a Lighter Tone and Fanciful Banter and Lover Interests. The Cinematography is Appealing and the Snow Draped Atmosphere is Welcomed.

But John McEntire's Bullying Lawman becomes Almost Unbearable and Jimmy Stewart's Anti-Hero takes so Long to find His Calling that the Climax can Seem like a Long Time Coming. Still, the Tension is Always there and there are a Few Scenes that are Classic Anthony Mann.

The Involvement of Civilization's Impending Intrusion and the Terrifying Consequences are Implemented with Enough Dread to Keep Things on Edge, but the Sprawl of the Town Folks and Their Innocent Naivete are a bit of a Drag and at Times a bit Hokey.

When the Bell is Finally Rung for the Last Round it is Somewhat Rushed and not Prime Mann Gunplay. Overall this may not be the Best of the Director/Star Collaborations but in the Overpopulated Western Genre Still Stands as Top Tier Entertainment. It's just that Anthony Mann and James Stewart Made Five Great Films Together so this One has some Strong In House Competition.


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