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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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Newberry
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Grits
Connie Van ...
Molasses
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Storyline

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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HE CHALLENGED THE GOLD-RICH GLORY THAT WAS THE YUKON! white with snow...scarlet with sin...yellow with the dust...that lured him on! See more »


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12 February 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Je suis un aventurier  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.75 : 1
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Trivia

The Finnish title of this film is "Seikkailijoiden luvattu maa", meaning "The Promised Land of Adventurers" in English. See more »

Goofs

The film takes place in 1896. Ronda Castle contracts Jeff Webster to drive her caravan until Dawson, Canada. Nevertheless, that Canadian miner town-site was named Dawson only in January 1897. See more »

Quotes

Doc Vallon: [as he's being put in a jail cell, pending trial] Say, will you ask the learned Monsieur Gannon to consider my case as quickly as possible?
Frank Newberry: I wouldn't crowd him, Doc. He figures you could've saved Gigi's hand.
Doc Vallon: But the bones were crushed! There was nothing but to amputate!
Frank Newberry: Yeah, maybe... But you sure ruined a good piano player.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in American Masters: James Dean: Sense Memories (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

PRETTY LITTLE PRIMROSE
(uncredited)
Music by Milton Rosen
Lyrics by Frederick Herbert
Performed by Connie Gilchrist, Kathleen Freeman and Connie Van
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The color and the beautiful scenery are worth the time to watch it.
16 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While I cannot honestly say it is among my favorites in Westerns, it is worth seeing, mainly because the Yukon is so beautiful, with all the mountains covered with thick snow. I do believe the scenery is breathtaking. Of course, the cast was well-assembled, the actors fitting their individual roles very well. John McIntyre was a crooked judge whom you were glad to hate. Robert Wilke, as he was in the earlier classic western "High Noon", was someone no one could like, to state it very mildly. Harry Morgan's personality was in a similar vein. Walter Brennan was his same fussy-yet-likable character, J.C. Flippen was laughable as the sorry drunk, and Ruth Roman was the best that Universal-International could find as the tempting lady who was on the crooked side. James Stewart went against type as a bitter, apathetic cowboy who was anxious to avenge the crooked judge and his crooked thugs for stealing horses, and he was willing to go all the way from Seattle to Dawson, Yukon to recover them and, again, settle a score with the crooked judge. Again, the extremely beautiful scenery was worth it all. See it.


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