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The Missouri Traveler (1958)

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15-year-old orphan Biarn Turner (De Wilde) struggles to survive in the rural South in the 1910's. He arrives in a small town where crusty small-town newspaper editor Doyle Magee (Merrill) ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Biarn Turner
Tobias Brown
Doyle Magee
Finas Daugherty
Mary Hosford ...
Anne Love Price
Fred Mueller
Cal Tinney ...
Clyde Hamilton Baker
Willie Poole
Mary Field ...
Nelda Hamilton
Serena Poole
Sheriff Peavy
Tom Tiner ...
Rev. Thorndyke
William Bryant ...
Henry Craig (as Bill Bryant)
Barry Curtis ...
Jimmy Price
Eddie Little Sky ...


15-year-old orphan Biarn Turner (De Wilde) struggles to survive in the rural South in the 1910's. He arrives in a small town where crusty small-town newspaper editor Doyle Magee (Merrill) decides to take the boy in and give him a chance at a regular life. Wealthy local farmer Tobias Brown (Marvin) also takes an interest in Biarn's future, but treats the young man cruelly, masking Tobias' real hidden feelings of affection and genuine concern. Biarn also proves his worth by training racehorses for the climactic annual horse race. Written by Anonymous

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This is Your Kind of Movie About Your Kind of Guy!


Drama | Family | Western


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Release Date:

21 January 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El viajero de Missouri  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Pleasant enough movie - but a pale imitation of the book
13 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Missouri Traveler is an okay movie; you and your kids can enjoy it at least once. Biarn is a runaway from an orphan's home who happens across the small town of Delphi, where he ends up staying and making a life on his own, with the help (and interference) of various of the townsfolk. Brandon DeWilde's performance as Biarn is rather underplayed, almost to the point of making him seem a bit dull; this is probably his weakest film performance but even so he's okay in it. There were so many differences between the book and the movie though, and I wonder why the movie version was changed so much. In the movie, most of the theme seems to be Biarn rising above Tobias Brown's taking advantage of him, but in the book the themes are much deeper and more numerous; just by being himself, Biarn deeply affects many of Delphi's townsfolk to an extent nobody realizes until the end of the story. This depth of plot has unfortunately not made it from the book to the movie. Even so, watch The Missouri Traveler - and if you and/or the kids like the movie, get the book. Read it, have your kids read it, or read it to them at bedtime... it's nearly 300 pages and you'll enjoy every last one. The movie is 'nice' but only a taste of the actual story; I would really like to see this one remade, staying faithful to the actual story. It would be so much better.

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