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Across the Wide Missouri (1951)

Approved | | Adventure, Romance, Western | 21 October 1951 (USA)
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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Flint Mitchell
... Ironshirt
... Brecan
... Pierre
... Looking Glass
... Bear Ghost
... Capt. Humberstone Lyon
... Gowie
... Dick Richardson
... Kamiah
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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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Assim São os Fortes  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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In order to film in Technicolor while shooting on location, heavy Technicolor cameras and equipment had to be transported in by mule. See more »

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

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Narrator: Trees lie where they fall, and men were buried where they died.
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Alouette
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Sung in the fort over winter
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Honesty.
24 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

Honesty seems the first quality of this Wellmann work:it uses no less than three different languages:English,Indian language and French:it's really great fun to hear the cast sing on Xmas day the Canadian "Alouette gentille alouette" en Français dans le texte...even if the words have nothing to do with Christ's birth.

The second strong point is scenery:the landscapes are breathtakingly beautiful and the color is splendid indeed.Mountains and forest are lovingly filmed .

A lot of people will probably note similarities with Delmer Daves's famous "Broken arrow" which was released the precedent year .It's almost the same ending.I would favor Daves's work over Wellmann's because his characters are more endearing , his story more absorbing and the relationship characters/nature more convincing.But "Across the wide Missouri" is worth watching :the story is told by Gable's son who appears as a baby in the movie and shortly as a child .One scene is particularly touching,even if we realize it only afterward:Gable and his Indian wife are kissing each other while the small child is watching.There are a lot of deaths in this often cruel story,but neither the White nor the Indians are demeaned.


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