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The Far Country (1954)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 19 March 1955 (Japan)
A self-minded adventurer (Jeff Webster) locks horns with a crooked lawman (Mr. Gannon) while driving cattle to Dawson.

Director:

Anthony Mann

Writer:

Borden Chase (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Stewart ... Jeff Webster
Ruth Roman ... Ronda Castle
Corinne Calvet ... Renee Vallon
Walter Brennan ... Ben Tatum
John McIntire ... Gannon
Jay C. Flippen ... Rube
Harry Morgan ... Ketchum (as Henry Morgan)
Steve Brodie ... Ives
Connie Gilchrist ... Hominy
Robert J. Wilke ... Madden (as Robert Wilke)
Chubby Johnson ... Dusty
Royal Dano ... Luke
Jack Elam ... Frank Newberry
Kathleen Freeman ... Grits
Connie Van Connie Van ... Molasses
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Storyline

In 1896, Jeff Webster sees the start of the Klondike gold rush as a golden opportunity to make a fortune in beef, and woe betide anyone standing in his way. He drives a cattle herd from Wyoming to Seattle, by ship to Skagway, and (after a delay caused by larcenous town boss Gannon) through the mountains to Dawson. There, he and his partner Ben Tatum get into the gold business themselves. Two lovely women fall for misanthropic Jeff, but he believes in every-man-for-himself, turning his back on growing lawlessness, until it finally strikes home. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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From Alaska's First Violent Days of Gold-Rich Glory Comes the Story of THE STRANGER WITH A GUN! See more »

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Romance | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 March 1955 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Je suis un aventurier See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,500,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

One of James Stewart's favorite stories of his film career concerned his horse, Pie, a sorrel stallion whom Stewart called, "One of the best co-stars I ever had." Pie appeared as Stewart's horse in seventeen Westerns, and Stewart developed a strong personal bond with the horse. Pie was very intelligent, Stewart recalled, and would often "act for the cameras when they were rolling. He was a ham of a horse." When shooting the climax of The Far Country (1954), the script called for Stewart's horse to walk down a dark street alone, with no rider in the saddle, to fool the bad guys who were waiting to ambush Stewart. Assistant Director John Sherwood asked Stewart if Pie would be able to do the scene. Stewart replied, "I'll talk to him." Just before the cameras rolled, Stewart took Pie aside and whispered to the horse for several minutes, giving him instructions for the scene. When Stewart let the horse go, Pie walked perfectly down the middle of the street, to his trainer who was waiting with a sugar cube just out of camera range. He did the scene in one take. When Pie died in 1970, Stewart arranged to have the horse buried at his California ranch. See more »

Goofs

At about 19 minutes in Gannon slides a gun along a bar counter, after the camera cuts the gun points the other way. See more »

Quotes

[Jeff accidentally drives his cattle through a crowd attending a hanging]
Skagway Sheriff Gannon: What's going on here? You there!
Jeff Webster: They got a little out of hand. I'm sorry!
Skagway Sheriff Gannon: You're sorry? You just busted up a function of the law, that's what you did. The people of Skagway don't like lawbreakers. They go to a lot trouble and expense to prove it! New gallows, new rope, thirteen steps all counted out right and proper, with each step costin' not less than twelve dollars per each and you drive a herd of cattle through the ...
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Crazy Credits

After "The End" a title card reads: We gratefully acknowledge the splendid cooperation extended to "The Far Country" cast and crew by all concerned at Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada. See more »


Soundtracks

PRETTY LITTLE PRIMROSE
(uncredited)
Music by Milton Rosen
Lyrics by Frederick Herbert
Performed by Connie Gilchrist, Kathleen Freeman and Connie Van
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Cynical cowpoke strikes out for the high country
26 May 2002 | by helpless_dancerSee all my reviews

After losing his cattle herd to a dishonest lawman, a trail boss winds up in the Yukon gold fields with a bad reputation and small chances of being able to return to the states. While there his fortunes take a turn for the best until a bad luck specter from the past comes calling. Good western with many favorite old faces in the lineup.


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