Across The Wide Missouri

  • 1951
  • 1 HR 18 MIN
  • NR
  • Adventure

A florid pioneer epic, this film offers Gable as a tough, calculating trapper who marries Marques (an accomplished Mexican film star) because she is the daughter of a powerful Blackfoot chief, Holt. (Gable thinks the hostile tribe will allow him into their territory to trap beaver for their precious pelts.) Surviving Indian attacks, Marques leads Gable...read more

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A florid pioneer epic, this film offers Gable as a tough, calculating trapper who marries Marques (an accomplished Mexican film star) because she is the daughter of a powerful Blackfoot chief, Holt. (Gable thinks the hostile tribe will allow him into their territory to trap beaver for their

precious pelts.) Surviving Indian attacks, Marques leads Gable and company on a circuitous but safe route to the land of her people, where she gives birth to a child. By then Gable no longer treats her as a pawn but is in love with her, as devoted as his rugged nature will permit. He and his

trappers build a fort and forge an alliance with the Indians, but another tribe attacks and Marques is killed. Gable and the child survive, and though he initially plans to abandon the infant, he turns back to spend his days with his offspring and Indian friends in the high mountains. There are

colorful performances from Menjou as a bottle-loving, carefree French trapper and from Naish as an offbeat Indian chief, and breathtaking location photography, but the use of a narrator (Howard Keel) and the lengthy translations of Indian monologues bog things down.

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