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December 7, 2010
Across the Wide Missouri (1951)

This is a great movie, directed by Wild Bill Wellman and shows off the wild west in all it's Technicolor beauty. The film is filled with rugged mountain men doing wild and crazy antics; lots of fighting and brawling.

Flint Mitchell (Clark Gable) is a trapper, and when he finds out that an indian girl, Kamiah (María Elena Marqués) is a kidnapped daughter of a Nez Perce chief, Looking Glass (J Carrol Naish), one of the western tribes, he does some horse trading to have her as his wife. A French trapper, Pierre (Adolphe Menjou) follows along as translator and showing him how to properly court a girl.

Kamiah leads Flint and his friends through the Rocky Mountains to what looks like Montana, Idaho and Oregon, where the beaver is in abundance. She meets back up with her father and things are looking pretty good. Flint slowly develops a deep love for Kamiah and they slowly learn to appreciate each other's language and culture. Not long after that, she gives him a son.

Flint's men are able to trap to their heart's content until they meet one of the young Black Foot indians, who doesn't want the white man encroaching on their land. Ironshirt (Ricardo Montalban) really has a thing for getting Flint's scalp.

The movie is nicely narrated by Flints son (Howard Keel) who has grown to manhood. He explains the ways of both whites and indians throughout the movie.
August 17, 2014
Frontier adventure tale about Clark Gable taming the wild west. William Wellman rightfully disowned this film after it was recut by the studio and added ridiculous narration by what is supposed to be Gable's son. Not much to recommend here outside of some nice location photography and a good supporting cast that includes Ricardo Montalban (playing an indian), Adolphe Menjou, Alan Napier and the film debut of Timothy Carey.
February 17, 2014
Thought this was a pretty good flick.
Story line a bit better than some westerns.
Fantastic film work in the Rocky Mountains.
Good cast.
December 7, 2010
Across the Wide Missouri (1951)

This is a great movie, directed by Wild Bill Wellman and shows off the wild west in all it's Technicolor beauty. The film is filled with rugged mountain men doing wild and crazy antics; lots of fighting and brawling.

Flint Mitchell (Clark Gable) is a trapper, and when he finds out that an indian girl, Kamiah (María Elena Marqués) is a kidnapped daughter of a Nez Perce chief, Looking Glass (J Carrol Naish), one of the western tribes, he does some horse trading to have her as his wife. A French trapper, Pierre (Adolphe Menjou) follows along as translator and showing him how to properly court a girl.

Kamiah leads Flint and his friends through the Rocky Mountains to what looks like Montana, Idaho and Oregon, where the beaver is in abundance. She meets back up with her father and things are looking pretty good. Flint slowly develops a deep love for Kamiah and they slowly learn to appreciate each other's language and culture. Not long after that, she gives him a son.

Flint's men are able to trap to their heart's content until they meet one of the young Black Foot indians, who doesn't want the white man encroaching on their land. Ironshirt (Ricardo Montalban) really has a thing for getting Flint's scalp.

The movie is nicely narrated by Flints son (Howard Keel) who has grown to manhood. He explains the ways of both whites and indians throughout the movie.
May 18, 2010
A weak western, more so in the performances than the early settlers story. Gable and Montalban go missing for much of their on-screen time and seem to blend in with the supporting cast rather than taking the bull by the horns.
September 19, 2009
Not bad movie. Quite interesting.
October 22, 2008
Oudere avonturenfilm/western met Clark Gable. Vertelt een verhaal over de trappers in Montana (heette toen nog niet zo) en hun relatie met de lokale indianenstammen. Degelijke film met mooie natuurbeelden, al zijn de actiescènes uiteraard wel verouderd.
September 6, 2008
William W. Wellman + Technicolor + Clark Gable + Ricardo Montalban + the following voice over "â?¦Men who searched for beaver and found glory" = totally rad movie to watch at 1am
½ June 22, 2008
a good action western.
April 15, 2008
Good, not great movie of son relating story of his trapper father and the circumstances that led to him marrying a pretty young Blackfoot woman. Some nice action with the leads doing the expected good work. You don't often see an Indian chief wearing a suit of armour, but you will here. Short and worth a watch if you've some time to kill.
½ March 30, 2008
Really good show, but it does have a sad ending.
November 5, 2006
Realism and attention to detail highlight this otherwise routine tale of opening of the west by mountain-men. Clark Gable's performance is subdued in his portrayal of a trapper that takes on an Indian wife in hostile territory. The scenery is pretty and the story moves at a good clip with exciting finale.
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