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The Far Horizons (1955)

Not Rated | | History, Western | 4 July 1955 (UK)
After purchasing Louisiana from France, the USA sends surveyors Lewis and Clark, assisted by a Shoshone guide, to chart the new territory.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Captain Meriwether Lewis
... Lt. William Clark
... Sacajawea
... Julia Hancock
... Sgt. Gass
... Charboneau
... Cameahwait
... Wild Eagle
... Old Crone
Julia Montoya ... Crow woman
... Le Borgne
... President Thomas Jefferson
... Mr. Hancock
... Mrs. Marsha Hancock
... Cruzatte (helmsman)
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United States has just acquired Louisiana from France. An expedition led by Lewis and Clark is sent to survey the territory and go where no white man has gone before. Are they able to overcome the dangers with the help of Sacajawea? Written by Timo Lamminjoki <lamminjo@pcu.helsinki.fi>

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America's boldest adventure !

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History | Western

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4 July 1955 (UK)  »

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Beyond the Blue Horizon  »

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$1,600,000, 31 December 1955
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Sacajawea is given as a wife to Charbonneau. Charbonneau and Sacajawea were played by Alan Reed and Donna Reed, but of course they were not a married couple and their last name is a coincidence. See more »

Goofs

When Clark launches his canoe on Yellowstone Lake he is in the very back, there is cargo in the middle and another paddler up front. For the next three shots of him watching Sacajawea running along side he is still at the back, but in the next wide-angle shot and subsequent shots he is alone in the middle of an empty canoe. Someone apparently realized that Sacajawea wouldn't be able to get into the original canoe, thus the change, and didn't feel it necessary to go back and re-film the launch scene. See more »

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Featured in The Colgate Comedy Hour: Episode #5.31 (1955) See more »

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Lovely color, nice locations and a script written by someone who spent about 9 minutes researching for the film.
11 April 2012 | by See all my reviews

In 2011, "Time" magazine listed this as one of the 10 historically misleading films! As a retired American history teacher, it's pretty obvious what I think about the film!! Some of the ridiculously wrong portions of the film include a romance between Clark and Sacagawea (she was pregnant and married to Charbonneau in real life) as well as having the Donna Reed play this lady!! It's hilarious hearing her, with her perfect diction and Midwestern accent, playing a native. So how do they make her look like an Indian? LOTS of paint and a wig! I think Divine would have been about as convincing (and a lot more entertaining)!! Despite this romance NEVER occurring, it is the main focus of the film! And, despite the nasty natives in the film, for the most part, the tribes the expedition encountered were very peaceful.

If you can completely ignore the film's MANY inaccuracies, it is a very nice looking but dull film. The color is amazingly nice--and has that nice 1950s color scheme. It also has many lovely location shots and is HUGE in scope. And, if you ignore most of the details, the film did get the gist of the actual story! There were folks named Lewis and Clark and they did explore the western portion of the United States. As for the acting, it was generally good, but Fred MacMurray didn't seem to have a lot to do but scowl. Poor guy. And William Demarest sounded VERY peculiar--with an accent that came and went and seemed like it was part Irish, part Scottish and part....God knows! Heston and Reed were fine.

Note: Although the film is VERY pretty, sometimes the images are blurry. Apparently this is caused by differences in shrinkage rates of the color strips put together to make a full-color film. In other words, the red or blue layer might shrink at differing rates in portions of the film--giving a few scenes an odd look today.

Another Note: Films about this expedition neglect to mention that not too long after it was complete that Captain Lewis committed suicide! This dark event was apparently the result of his lifelong struggle with clinical depression. Pretty sad....


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