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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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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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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

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

Early in the movie (the 7:12 mark) when Kamiah is talking to Flint about trading horses for a wife, there is an automobile seen in the lower left hand corner driving along a road in the background far away. Obviously this movie took place long before cars were invented. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: My dad wasn't just one man named Flint Mitchell. He was a breed of men... mountain men who lived and died in America. He used to tell me about these men he knew. Men who walked the Indian trails and blazed new ones where no man had ever been before. Men who found lakes and rivers and meadows. Men who found paths to the west and the western sea; who roamed prairies and mountains and plateaus that are now states. Men who searched for beaver and found glory. Men who died unnamed and found ...
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Referenced in The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953) See more »

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Skip to My Lou
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Traditional American children's song
Instrumental heard numerous times on soundtrack
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Not the Epic it Should Have Been
25 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Across the Wide Missouri (1951)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Clark Gable plays a beaver hunter who heads to the Rocky Mountains but encounters Indians as he explores the new territory. There's some nice things in this film but in the end it comes as a major disappointed especially about Gable and Wellman did so much better with The Call of the Wild in 1935. When this was shown on TCM, William Wellman, Jr. talked about all the problems with MGM during post production. Apparently this was originally meant to be an epic picture but the studio started cutting it to pieces and they eventually cut so much that they had to hire Howard Keel to do narration to bring any sense to the film. Watching the 78-minute movies it's easy to tell that there's all sorts of stuff missing and there are even some very strange edits, which make it clear that we were originally meant to see more. As for the final version, it's really not too bad but it's not too good either. Gable is pretty good in his role but Ricardo Montalban steals the film. J. Carroll Naish has a nice role as well. The Technicolor really brings out the great locations but in the end one can't get over the edited product. The "shock" at the end of the picture is also ruined due to the narration, which kills the suspense of how the film plays out.


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