Along the Great Divide

1951

Along the Great Divide (1951)

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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

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Cast

Kirk Douglas
as Marshal Len Merrick
Walter Brennan
as Timothy 'Pop' Keith
John Agar
as Billy
Ray Teal
as Lou Gray
Hugh Sanders
as Frank Newcombe
Morris Ankrum
as Ed Roden
James Anderson
as Dan Roden
Sam Ash
as Defense Counsel
Zon Murray
as Jake Wilson
Guy Wilkerson
as Jury Foreman
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Flawed by structural problems in the script but buoyed by its A-list leading cast

Oct 10, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Lively Western with a film noir whodunit plot and support for democracy and rule of law.

Jun 26, 2011 | Full Review…

Kirk Douglas stars in his first western.

May 13, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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