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Across the Wide Missouri (1951)

Trapper Flint Mitchell and other mountain men from the Rendezvous join forces to enter virgin trapping territory but must contend with a resentful Blackfoot chief.

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William A. Wellman

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Talbot Jennings (screenplay), Talbot Jennings (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Clark Gable ... Flint Mitchell
Ricardo Montalban ... Ironshirt
John Hodiak ... Brecan
Adolphe Menjou ... Pierre
J. Carrol Naish ... Looking Glass
Jack Holt ... Bear Ghost
Alan Napier ... Capt. Humberstone Lyon
George Chandler ... Gowie
Richard Anderson ... Dick Richardson
María Elena Marqués ... Kamiah
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Storyline

In the 1830's beaver trapper Flint Mitchell and other white men hunt and trap in the then unnamed territories of Montana and Idaho. Flint marries a Blackfoot woman as a way to gain entrance into her people's rich lands, but finds she means more to him than a ticket to good beaver habitat. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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A year in the making ! Thousands in the cast !


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Country:

USA

Release Date:

21 October 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Au-delà du Missouri See more »

Filming Locations:

Durango, Colorado, USA See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lon Chaney Jr was up for the part eventually played by James Whitmore. Whitmore was cast because he was under contract to MGM and it was cheaper to hire contract players as opposed to Chaney who was a freelance actor. See more »

Goofs

It's quite obvious that the papoose on the runaway horse is a doll. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: Trees lie where they fall, and men were buried where they died.
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Connections

Referenced in The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953) See more »

Soundtracks

The Devil's Concerto
from "The Devil and Daniel Webster' (uncredited)
Composed by Bernard Herrmann
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Respectable effort to portray the life of the mountain man in the opening of the West.
18 December 1999 | by Slim-4See all my reviews

This film does a good job of portraying the story of the mountain men who trapped beaver in the Rocky Mountains and played a significant role in winning the West. Clark Gable is the star of this film. He plays a trapper who falls in love with a Blackfoot maiden (Maria Elena Marquez). He buys her from a Nez Perce chief hoping to use her to get into the good graces of her grandfather, a Blackfoot leader. Ultimately, he falls in love with her.

The romance between Gable and Marquez is the real story of this film. It is much more believable than the relationship between James Stewart and Debra Paget in "Broken Arrow". In the first place, the two of them can't talk to each other. Gable needs an interpreter to talk to his wife. The relationship compares to the forced marriage between Robert Redford and a Flathead girl in "Jeremiah Johnson". Gable's affection for his Blackfoot wife is obvious throughout the film.

The film paints a much kinder picture of Native American life than many Westerns. Like Dewey Martin's character in "The Big Sky" Gable returns in the end to the Blackfeet. He has learned to value Indian life and wants to raise his son with her mother's people.

The film portrays the real life capture of fur trapper John Colter by the Blackfeet. Captured by a young chief named Iron Shirt Gable must run for his life. The film should have taken more time with this exciting scene. It is far too short and not nearly as exciting as it should have been. I enjoyed Henry Fonda's run for his life in "Drums Along the Mohawk", but it was very poorly done here. Colter's successful escape from his Blackfeet captors deserves a better rendering.

This film is worth watching for the beautiful high mountain scenery and the romance between Gable and Marques. The soundtrack is not particularly original, giving us constant variation on the old standard "Shenandoah", but it is pleasant listening. Enjoy it.


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