Across the Wide Missouri (1951)

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
Ricardo Montalban
as Ironshirt
John Hodiak
as Brecan
Howard Keel
as Chip Mitchell as an Adult (as Narrator)
J. Carroll Naish
as Looking Glass
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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Critic Reviews for Across the Wide Missouri

All Critics (2)

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.

Full Review… | June 12, 2012

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

Full Review… | April 16, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Across the Wide Missouri

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.

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