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Many Rivers to Cross (1955)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance, Western | 4 February 1955 (USA)
Robert Taylor and Eleanor Parker star as a Kentucky backwoodsman and the woman who will NOT let anything interfere with her plans to marry him in this humorous romantic adventure through the American Frontier of 1798.

Director:

Roy Rowland

Writers:

Harry Brown (screenplay), Guy Trosper (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Taylor ... Bushrod Gentry
Eleanor Parker ... Mary Stuart Cherne
Victor McLaglen ... Cadmus Cherne
Jeff Richards ... Fremont Cherne
Russ Tamblyn ... Shields Cherne
James Arness ... Esau Hamilton
Alan Hale Jr. ... Luke Radford
John Hudson ... Hugh Cherne
Rhys Williams ... Lige Blake
Josephine Hutchinson ... Mrs. Cherne
Sig Ruman ... Spectacle Man
Rosemary DeCamp ... Lucy Hamilton
Russell Johnson ... Banks Cherne
Ralph Moody ... Sandak
Abel Fernandez ... Slangoh
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Storyline

During 1798,Bushrod Gentry is a Kentucky trapper who travels from place to place,sometimes staying with settler families for a night or two before moving on.Being a handsome man he often breaks the hearts of the unmarried young daughters of his hosts and it always leads to proposals of marriage from the girls' part.This causes Bushrod to quickly pack his gear, give the smitten girl his standard speech about why he cannot marry or settle down and depart in a hurry, leaving the girl in tears.But one day,after being saved from an Indian attack by young Scotish woman, Mary Stuart Cherne, he takes shelter with her family until his broken arm can heal.Invariably,the girl falls for his charm and asks him to marry her.Bushrod gives her his standard speech and thinks he's off the hook but stubborn Mary Stuart is not so easily dissuaded.This leads to lies, insinuations, evasive actions, hilarity, fist fights with her brothers, a shooting contest, broken promises and a shotgun wedding.Bushrod is... Written by nufs68

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

KENTUCKY ADVENTURE in CINEMASCOPE (original print ad - almost all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Mann liebt gefährlich See more »

Filming Locations:

Wyoming, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,683,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,084,000, 31 December 1955

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,832,000, 31 December 1955
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Cyril J. Mockridge's score was conducted (uncredited) by Miklós Rózsa. This was Mockridge's only picture at MGM, on loan from 20th Century Fox. See more »

Quotes

Bushrod Gentry: I thought they called you Stepping Woman.
Mary Stuart Cherne: I been stepping all day.
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Crazy Credits

Opening card: We respectfully dedicate our story to the frontier women of America who helped their men settle the Kentucky wilderness. They were gallant and courageous, and without their aggressive cooperation -- few of us would be around to see this picture. See more »

Soundtracks

Higher Up The Berry Tree
Traditional
Written by Saul Chaplin (uncredited)
Sung by Sheb Wooley
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The theme song of the film, "The Berry Tree"
26 December 2002 | by kr111See all my reviews

I have been searching for the theme song of this movie "The Berry Tree" since I saw it once as a 6 year-old kid in 1955 or 56. I've hummed the melody and sung the few lyrics I remembered since then. I finally got the VHS tape last week and what a pleasure. This is a fantastic frontier comedy and it brings back fond memories of me as a young kid wearing a Davy Crockett coonskin cap and singing the song. Here are the lyrics to the song if anyone else has wondered what they were for 45 years or so, as I had. From other comments here, this song made an indelible impression on almost everyone that has heard it.

The higher up the berry tree the sweeter grows the berry

The more you hug and kiss a gal the more she wants to marry

The berry tree's a wise old tree the sweetest fruit is his'n

But marryin' up with any gal is just like goin' to prison

(Bridge)

Peaches in the summertime, apples in the fall Till I find the gal I want, a' gonna have none at all

Cause higher up.


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