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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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Child Labor
17 April 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The title role in The Missouri Traveler is played by young Brandon DeWilde, his last role essentially as a child star. Soon he'd be doing such adult stuff as Blue Denim, Hud, and In Harm's Way.

It's a nostalgic look at life at the turn of the last century in a small Missouri town where orphan kid Brandon DeWilde stops and decides to stay a while.

This is a nice easy to take film, moving along at a leisurely pace, but actually it has some serious issues. This is an orphan kid making his own way in the world, a world I might add without child labor laws. Young DeWilde is working for his keep, both as a sharecropper and as a horse trainer, well at least an assistant trainer.

Paul Ford gets a preparatory performance in this film for his later role as the mayor of River City in The Music Man. DeWilde has a couple of adult role models, the cynical Lee Marvin the guy who worked his way up to the top and the loquacious Gary Merrill who is the town newspaper editor. Both give DeWilde some good lessons about life.

In fact both Merrill and Marvin get into a knock down drag out fight that was copied, but lovingly from John Ford's The Quiet Man.

The Missouri Traveler was released through Buena Vista Productions in the beginning years of that company before it exclusively was the distributor for Walt Disney. It's a nice film, especially for family viewing with a lot of good lessons in it.

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