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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 !


Certificate:

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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

When the horse with Gable's son runs away. the child is originally on the right side of the horse. The succeeding shot shows him on the left side of the horse. Later shots show him back on the right side. The anomalous shot is shown again later with the baby now on the correct (right) side, indicating that the film had been flipped. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: My father told me that for the first time, he saw these Indians as he had never seen them before - as people with homes and traditions and ways of their own. Suddenly they were no longer savages. They were people who laughed and loved and dreamed.
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Referenced in The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953) See more »

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Lovely and unjustly underrated
30 December 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is one of Clark Gable's better films of the 1950s, though it never really got that much attention and many have unjustly written it off as "just another Western". However, if you watch it you'll find that the film has two major points that make it unique and a very beautiful film. First, the film is about the period BEFORE that shown in most Westerns. The typical Hollywood Western occurs between 1866-1880, though there are a few exceptions before and after. However, very few deal with life in the West circa 1829 when the only White men were fur trappers. Since I am a history teacher, I admire this about ACROSS THE WIDE MISSOURI. Second, the film humanizes the Native Americans much more than most films and there are no "black and white" groups in the film. Many of the Indians are quite decent but they also are not uniformly good either--and the same goes for the trappers. I particularly loved the relationship that developed between Clark Gable and his Indian bride. It did a lot to build sympathy for the characters and once again truly humanized both characters. The only real negative about this is that three of the key Indian roles are played by non-Indians (J. Carrol Naish, María Elena Marqués and Ricardo Montalban)--a standard practice in the time it was made.

While these two points make this a memorable film, it sure doesn't hurt that this film has some of the most vivid and beautiful scenery of any film of the 1950s. It's obvious that this wasn't filmed on some sound stage or filmed in the outskirts of Los Angeles! So overall, what's not to like about this film?! Excellent acting, a great script and a uniqueness make this a film worth seeking.

By the way, this film is highly reminiscent of the wonderful Robert Redford film, JEREMIAH JOHNSON--another film well worth your time.


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