Across the Wide Missouri


Across the Wide Missouri (1951)




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Clark Gable is the largely nonheroic hero of the sprawling western Across the Wide Missouri. A cunning trapper who lives purely by his wits, Gable avoids being scalped by the Blackfoot Indians by marrying Maria Elena Marques, the chief's daughter. This marriage of convenience also allows Gable to trap to his heart's content in Blackfoot territory. After bearing a child, Marques is killed by a warring tribe; the opportunistic Gable at first considers abandoning the child, but at long last does right by the boy. Adolphe Menjou steals the show as an eternally inebriated French trapper, while Ricardo Montalban and J. Carroll Naish are convincing (and noncondescending) in their Native American characterizations. Evidently, Across the Wide Missouri tested poorly when it was first previewed: the final release version runs a surprisingly brief 78 minutes, with narrator Howard Keel (who otherwise does not appear) filling in the continuity gaps.

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Clark Gable
as Flint Mitchell
J. Carroll Naish
as Looking Glass
Howard Keel
as Chip Mitchell as an Adult (as Narrator)
Jack Holt
as Bear Ghost
Alan Napier
as Capt. Humberstone Lyon
Henri Letondal
as Lucien Chennault
Douglas Fowley
as Tin Cup Owens
Ben Watson
as Markhead
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One of Clark Gable's and director William Wellman's weakest films, this is a sprawling Western, running only 78 minutes, butchered by the producer in the editing room.

Jun 12, 2012 | Rating: C | Full Review…

A savagely cut film by MGM studio boss Dore Schary who does his best to try and ruin it.

Apr 17, 2008 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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