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The Missouri Traveler (1958)

Approved | | Drama, Family, Western | 21 January 1958 (USA)
During the early 1900s, a runaway Missouri orphan reaches a town where the townsfolk are enchanted with him and where a wealthy rancher and a local newspaperman compete to give him an education.



(novel) (as John Burr), (screenplay) (as Norman Shannon Hall)

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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
Henry Craig (as Bill Bryant)
Jimmy Price
Red Poole


A runaway orphan, Biarn Turner (De Wilde), attempts to escape his troubles by traveling to Florida during the early 1900's. He finds his way to a small town where the local 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 he treats the young man harshly, masking Tobias' real hidden feelings of affection and genuine concern. Biarn's mannerisms and willingness to help others, quickly wins the favor of the local townsfolk; And he also proves his worth by preparing a seemingly untrainable horse for a race that the town will hold during their annual 4th of July celebration.

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Release Date:

21 January 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Călătorul din Missouri  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A very warm and enjoyable family movie
11 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

This movie shows us how "the boy from Shane",has matured, still a soft talking very polite youth. He is a runaway in this movie and is groomed by Lee Marvin, a hard taskmaster who has made a name for himself as the poor boy who made good in this story. He takes unfair advantage of Brandon, but in the process, really teaches the youth some valuable lessons about life and how to take care of himself. These are lessons we can all learn from, and Gary Merrill provides care, comfort, and guidance for Brandon as he overcomes the hard "teaching" of Marvin. The film is anchored by the fine acting of Paul Ford, as usual, a leader of the business community, but with a soft heart for the troubled. This is a great family film, free of Hollywoods blood, guts, sex, and profanity.

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