The Far HorizonsDirector: Rudolph Maté
The Untamed West is the reissue title of the Pine-Thomas production The Far Horizons. This romanticized retelling of the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1803-06 stars Fred MacMurray as Meriwether Lewis and Charlton Heston as Bill Clark. The film doesn't delve much into the real-life animosity between the two, though it's clear that there's little love lost/i>/i>
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Regarding "Far Horizons" -- historical hilarity is about the case. Has nothing to do with the actual Lewis and Clark expedition. You could play a fun game with fellow Lewis and Clark fans. Give everyone a noise maker (a bell or goose call or sounden horn) and see who can signal the most errors -- in each scene! It is almost truly funny -- in the first half. Contrived phony romantic business from the beginning. Then it becomes impossible and melodramatic and completely corrupts the expedition - battles with Indians, men killed, and L&C at odds, and then estranged, because Clark wants to marry Sacagawea and keeps her in his tipi .... and ML wants to marry Juliet Hancock, who appears to be about age 35, but who is engaged to Clark, after breaking off an understanding with Lewis... Hidatsas in tipis? in the mountains? It was all filmed in the Tetons, even Camp Wood River. This was a big Paramount production with near 1st rate stars, but all that was big wasted opportunity. In spirit, fact, and scenery this film has virtually nothing to do with the historical Lewis and Clark Expedition. Sacagawea has no baby, and ends by speaking to Jefferson, in good English, in the White house. And you thought Hollywood's protrayals of American Indians were bad.