Along the Great Divide (1951)
Raoul Walsh injects his expected artistry in the otherwise journeyman western Along the Great Divide. Feeling responsible for his father's death, marshal Kirk Douglas seeks redemption. He gets his chance when he saves murder suspect Walter Brennan from a lynch mob. The grateful Brennan accompanies Douglas to another town, where he can get a fair trial. Though found guilty, Brennan is rescued when Douglas nails the real killer. Along the Great Divide was Kirk Douglas' first western (he'd been rejected for the Montgomery Clift role in Red River)--and, need one add, hardly the last. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi … More
as Marshal Len Merrick
as Timothy 'Pop' Keith
as Lou Gray
as Frank Newcombe
as Ed Roden
as Dan Roden
as The Judge
as Defense Counsel
as Jake Wilson
as Jury Foreman
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Critic Reviews for Along the Great Divide
Flawed by structural problems in the script but buoyed by its A-list leading cast
Lively Western with a film noir whodunit plot and support for democracy and rule of law.
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