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The Far Country (1954)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 19 March 1955 (Japan)
A self-minded adventurer (Jeff Webster) locks horns with a crooked lawman (Mr. Gannon) while driving cattle to Dawson.


Anthony Mann


Borden Chase (story and screenplay)

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Complete credited cast:
James Stewart ... Jeff Webster
Ruth Roman ... Ronda Castle
Corinne Calvet ... Renee Vallon
Walter Brennan ... Ben Tatum
John McIntire ... Gannon
Jay C. Flippen ... Rube
Harry Morgan ... Ketchum (as Henry Morgan)
Steve Brodie ... Ives
Connie Gilchrist ... Hominy
Robert J. Wilke ... Madden (as Robert Wilke)
Chubby Johnson ... Dusty
Royal Dano ... Luke
Jack Elam ... Frank Newberry
Kathleen Freeman ... Grits
Connie Van Connie Van ... Molasses


In 1896, Jeff Webster sees the start of the Klondike gold rush as a golden opportunity to make a fortune in beef, and woe betide anyone standing in his way. He drives a cattle herd from Wyoming to Seattle, by ship to Skagway, and (after a delay caused by larcenous town boss Gannon) through the mountains to Dawson. There, he and his partner Ben Tatum get into the gold business themselves. Two lovely women fall for misanthropic Jeff, but he believes in every-man-for-himself, turning his back on growing lawlessness, until it finally strikes home. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Romance | Western


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Release Date:

19 March 1955 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Je suis un aventurier See more »


Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,500,000, 31 December 1954
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of James Stewart's favorite stories of his film career concerned his horse, Pie, a sorrel stallion whom Stewart called, "One of the best co-stars I ever had." Pie appeared as Stewart's horse in seventeen Westerns, and James developed a strong personal bond with the horse. Pie was very intelligent, Stewart recalled, and would often "act for the cameras when they were rolling. He was a ham of a horse." When shooting the climax of this movie, the script called for Stewart's horse to walk down a dark street alone, with no rider in the saddle, to fool the bad guys who were waiting to ambush Stewart. Assistant Director John Sherwood asked Stewart if Pie would be able to do the scene. Stewart replied, "I'll talk to him." Just before the cameras rolled, Stewart took Pie aside and whispered to the horse for several minutes, giving him instructions for the scene. When Stewart let the horse go, Pie walked perfectly down the middle of the street, to his trainer who was waiting with a sugar cube just out of camera range. He did the scene in one take. When Pie died in 1970, Stewart arranged to have the horse buried at his California ranch. See more »


The populace of Dawson City (or any Canadian city) never elected a U.S.-style marshal with tin star to police the city. The Mounted Police were present in the Yukon in large numbers before and during the Klondike gold rush to enforce the law. See more »


[last lines]
Renee Vallon: You went and got yourself hurt again.
Jeff Webster: I know. We eat, we sleep, we rest and soon we'll be all better again.
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Crazy Credits

After "The End" a title card reads: We gratefully acknowledge the splendid cooperation extended to "The Far Country" cast and crew by all concerned at Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada. See more »


Music by Milton Rosen
Lyrics by Frederick Herbert
Performed by Connie Gilchrist, Kathleen Freeman and Connie Van
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Epic Western in which cattlemen must battle mean rustlers , ambitious prospectors and a corrupt judge , including spectacular landscapes
4 April 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

From Universal-international a breathtaking as well as rip-snorting Western that shows the greatness , the glory , the fury of the untamed Northwest frontier . Stars a tough , hardened adventurer guide who leads his herd challenging the gold-rich glory that was the Yukon full of white with snow , scarlet with sin , yellow with the dust that lured him on . As a self-minded , haunted cowboy (Jeff Webster) leads his herd to the Yukón , through Seattle , Scagway , Alaska , in hopes of huge profits accompanied by veterans Ben Tatum (Walter Brennan) and Rube (J.C.Flippen) transport cows by boat when they arrive in Scagway , subsequently to sell it them in Dawson City . While driving cattle to Dawson and in Scagway they have to escape from nasty land baron/judge Gannon (John McIntire) who carries out his peculiar justice acting as judge , jury and executioner . Jeff and his colleagues end up having herd back from the villain lawman . At last , they arrive in Dawson City , a bustling little town fiiled with prospectors and usual saloons : ¨Hash house¨ run by Grits (Kathleen Freeman) and ¨Hudson castle¨ run by Ronda Castle (Ruth Roman) . There takes place strong confrontations and Jeff , ultimately , avenging the deaths of his partners .

One of a series made by star Stewart with director Anthony Mann , it features splendid Western vistas , fierce gun-play and fist-play , impressively busy crowd sequences and many other things . Adventure western movie in which a two-fisted cowboy leads his herd through Seattle , Scagway to Dawson , Yukón territory , pitting himself against the wilderness , bandits , mean prospectors , and an ambitious , corrupt lawman . The film is divided in two parts , the first one describes on rout to destination , Yukón , and second part dealing with the little town Dawson city . Set late XIX Century , 1898, it shows the moral obligation to build a civilized community and need to a collective effort , joining individuals against corrupt and selfish people . Interesting and stirring screenplay based on the novel by Ernest Haycox titled ¨Alder Gulch¨. Sympathetic as well as brave acting by the great James Stewart as the stubborn Webster who must fight frontier lawlessness and locks horns with a crooked judge , a top-hatted nasty , magnificently played by John McIntire . Stewart has top grade character written all over it . Nice Ruth Roman as the good-bad girl who must be forgiven in the end . Support cast is frankly extraordinary with a large plethora of illustrious names , such as : Chubby Johnson , Harry Morgan , Robert J. Wilke , Royal Dano , John Doucette , Steve Brodie , Jack Elam , Kathleen Freeman and special mention for Jay C. Flippen as the grizzled westerner and a show-stealing acting by the always great Walter Brennan.

Lyric and moving musical score by Hans J. Salter , Frank Skinner , Henry Mancini , and Herman Stein , all of them uncredited . Colorful cinematography in Technicolor William H. Daniels , Greta Garbo's usual cameraman , and the Yukón sets takes it out of the ordinary Western scenarios , being shot in Canada , mostly in Jasper National Park . The motion picture was stunningly directed by Anthony Mann and premiered Febrery 1 , 1955 . Being made during Mann's best period of work . The film forms a stunning diptych along with ¨Bend the river¨ by the awesome quartet : Anthony Mann , screenwriter Borden Chase , producer Aaron Rosenberg and James Stewart who made a great number of top-drawer films . This is another superbly powerful triumph from Anthony Mann who realized various Western masterpieces such as ¨The furies¨ , ¨Devil's doorway¨ , ¨Tin star¨ , ¨Man of the West¨ and several with his habitual star, James Stewart, as ¨Winchester 73¨ , ¨Bend the river¨ , ¨The far country¨ , ¨Man from Laramie¨ , ¨Colorado Jim¨ , ¨Thunder Bay¨ , ¨The Glenn Miller story¨. Rating : Above average ; it is probably one of the best Western in the fifties . Well worth watching .

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