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Many Rivers to Cross (1955)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance, Western | 4 February 1955 (USA)
Robert Taylor and Eleanor Parker star as a Kentucky backwoodsman and the woman who will NOT let anything interfere with her plans to marry him in this humorous romantic adventure through the American Frontier of 1798.



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Complete credited cast:
Bushrod Gentry
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Cadmus Cherne
Esau Hamilton
Luke Radford
John Hudson ...
Lige Blake
Mrs. Cherne
Spectacle Man
Rosemary DeCamp ...
Lucy Hamilton


During 1798,Bushrod Gentry is a Kentucky trapper who travels from place to place,sometimes staying with settler families for a night or two before moving on.Being a handsome man he often breaks the hearts of the unmarried young daughters of his hosts and it always leads to proposals of marriage from the girls' part.This causes Bushrod to quickly pack his gear, give the smitten girl his standard speech about why he cannot marry or settle down and depart in a hurry, leaving the girl in tears.But one day,after being saved from an Indian attack by young Scotish woman, Mary Stuart Cherne, he takes shelter with her family until his broken arm can heal.Invariably,the girl falls for his charm and asks him to marry her.Bushrod gives her his standard speech and thinks he's off the hook but stubborn Mary Stuart is not so easily dissuaded.This leads to lies, insinuations, evasive actions, hilarity, fist fights with her brothers, a shooting contest, broken promises and a shotgun wedding.Bushrod is... Written by nufs68

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


KENTUCKY ADVENTURE in CINEMASCOPE (original print ad - almost all caps)


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Release Date:

4 February 1955 (USA)  »

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Ein Mann liebt gefährlich  »

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$1,683,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?


Cyril J. Mockridge's score was conducted (uncredited) by Miklós Rózsa. This was Mockridge's only picture at MGM, on loan from 20th Century Fox. See more »


Bushrod Gentry: Sometimes I'm bigger than I look.
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Higher Up The Berry Tree
Written by Saul Chaplin (uncredited)
Sung by Sheb Wooley
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Perfect Western Comedy
21 December 2000 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

I really, really liked this movie. I was entranced when I saw it on TV when I was 8 years old and I saw it again when I was 38. So many times I am disappointed when I watch a movie as an adult that I loved as a child. I am hoping that it will have the same impact on me and that I will love it just as much. Too often that just doesn't happen. THIS movie did not disappoint!! It takes off at the very beginning with Mary Stewart, brilliantly portrayed by Eleanor Parker, setting her cap for the handsome Bushrod Gentry, just as brilliantly portrayed by Robert Taylor. She schemes to marry him and then proceeds to follow him all over the wilderness. There is a hilarious sequence of events when Mary Stewart and Bushrod are hiding from the Indians.

This is a great guy movie AND a great chick flick rolled into one. This movie has it all - comedy, gun-play, drama, pathos, and a great score with a little ditty that gets in your head and won't soon leave.

The higher up the berry tree The sweeter grow the berries The more you hug and kiss a girl The more she'll want to marry!

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