The Far Country Reviews
This isn't speculation. Borden Chase wrote "I have always believed that a man can actually love and respect another man more so than he can a woman."
This is seen in Ben's intense affection for Jeff. (If Jeff weren't so emotionally cool, he'd probably tell Ben to get lost.) Jeff returns the affection when, on three occasions, he lights Ben's pipe and shoves it in his mouth!
If there's any doubt, consider that the very last shot is a close-up of the symbol of Ben's love for Jeff, a tinkling bell, dangling from Jeff's pommel.
"The Far Country" is is a great example of subtext. Indeed, the title refers not only to Alaska, but to emotionally intimate male relationships.
Jeff Webster and Ben Tatum are resourceful men. Jeff is quick with the gun but is only out for himself. There is a gold rush in the Klondike and Jeff and Ben see money in bringing them cattle. They make a fortune selling the cows and can now settle down and make a home. Jeff prefers to be on his own, but when he sees his paying customers being taken advantage of by a Baron of sorts, he may turn over a new leaf.
"I'm going to hang you but I'm going to like you."
Anthony Mann, director of El Cid, Winchester '73, The Glenn Miller Story, The Fall of the Roman Empire, Serenade, and The Naked Spur, delivers The Far Country. The storyline for this picture is entertaining and has some unique characteristics. The characters are well written and wonderfully executed. The cast includes James Stewart, Walter Brennan, Harry Morgan, and Ruth Roman.
"They take this lying down?"
"Well, aren't we?"
Far Country was recommended to me by Fios so I DVR'd it off Encore Western. This was a fun film to watch unfold. There wasn't a ton of action but definitely some great dialogue from Stewart. His character goes through a strange evolution and becomes very dynamic. I thought he executed this role well. This is worth a viewing.
"We got a killer on board."
As Jeff has everything taken away from him as it has been stollen. He finds the desire and cause as he finds the cause, reason to fight for as others dreams fall apparat and get taken away by bullies. As he looses those things and people which he cares for the most.
He had been falling for the wrong girl but once that girl dies he goes for the one who really loves him without the false pretense.
Corinne Calvet and her cute Hudson Bay jacket steal the film .
Well worth an up-converted DVD re-visit.
(1955) The Far Country
1 of 8 films James Stewart collaborated with director Anthony Mann- 5 of them are Westerns. I might've liked this one but director Anthony Mann had made films like this before and are better which usually centers about a typical righteous outlaw's eventual obsession or turn to make things right, in this case James Stewart as Jeff who shot and killed some outlaws attempting to steal some of his cattle only to cross paths with a corrupt judge and jury Gannon played by John McIntire. As a result of seeing so many Westerns, this is a typical common theme where the good guy doesn't do anything until something really bad happens to him allowing the bad guys to do things to him is when he finally reacts is very basic stuff and not as good after a second viewing.
2 out of 4