The Mountain (1956)

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Selfish Chris Teller pressures his older brother, a retired climber, to accompany him on a treacherous Alpine climb to loot the bodies of plane crash victims.



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Complete credited cast:
Zachary Teller
Christopher 'Chris' Teller
Father Belacchi
Barbara Darrow ...
C. W. Rivial
Anna Kashfi ...
Hindu Girl
Richard Garrick ...
Harry Townes ...
Stacy Harris ...
Nicholas Servoz
Yves Brainville ...


When a plane crashes on a mountaintop Chris wants to plunder the wreckage. His older brother Zachary has given up mountain guide work but goes along rather than letting his brother risk it alone. The only survivor is a Hindu girl who Chris wants to kill. Zachary fights him off. While Chris steals from the dead passengers, Zachary prepares a sled to take the girl down the mountain. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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A dramatic story that will hold you spellbound from the very beginning! See more »


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Release Date:

November 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La montaña siniestra  »

Box Office


$2,119,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Spencer Tracy was on the wagon when he consented to do the film with friend 'Robert Wagner' (I). On the way up to the resort they were staying at, Tracy's cable car malfunctioned and the actor was stuck in the life-threatening situation for some time. That evening the experience caused him to drink heavily and lose his temper. He threw his glass at co-star Wagner gashing his hand, an injury that can be seen in some scenes. See more »


When Zachary exits the artificial climb section (the one where he uses pitons), in the shot where we see him frontally, the mountain far in the background is the same "Bald Mountain" he is supposed to be climbing. See more »


Zachary Teller: You're sweating! Thinking of the dead men's money is making you sweat! I blame myself. It's my fault for you being like this. Somewhere I must have done something wrong for you to be like this.
Christopher 'Chris' Teller: You're not going to take me up there?
Zachary Teller: [Shakes his head] I haven't climbed in ten tears. That in itself would be enough if a man gets old... and besides, my hands are not as strong as they once were... and the mountain is aginst me. But all that there is, there's one thing more, the most important thing. ...
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Referenced in Pickup Alley (1957) See more »

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Thoroughly engaging adventure tale...
23 August 2009 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

In a small village at the base of the Alpine mountains, a greedy young man--tired of living poorly with his elderly brother on a sheep farm--talks his sibling into climbing one of the highest peaks to raid a doomed Indian aircraft of its gold. Engrossing story from Henri Troyat's novel is genuinely beautiful to behold in color-saturated Vista-Vision. Critics at the time complained about the interspersing of on-location footage with studio shots, yet poor Spencer Tracy (already in his golden years by this point) seems to be pressed to the breaking point regardless! As the scowling mercenary, callow Robert Wagner is one-note obstinate; however, Tracy's work is so fluid, so compassionate and believable, one is caught up in this saga despite the picture's weaker attributes. Expository early scenes and other minor characters are practically irrelevant, though cinematographer Franz F. Planer captures it all with astute grace. **1/2 from ****

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