Across the Wide Missouri

Across the Wide Missouri


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Across the Wide Missouri

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/09/2011
UPC: 0883316353103
Original Release: 1951
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:18:00
Sales rank: 10,390

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clark Gable Flint Mitchell
Ricardo Montalban Ironshirt
John Hodiak Brecan
Adolphe Menjou Pierre
Maria Elena Marques Kamiah
J. Carrol Naish Looking Glass
Jack Holt Bear Ghost
Alan Napier Capt. Humberstone Lyon
George Chandler Gowie
Richard Anderson Dick
James Whitmore Actor
Frankie Darro Cadet
Douglas Fowley Tin Cup Owens
Henri Letondal Lucien Chennault
Russell Simpson Hoback
Ben Watson Markhead

Technical Credits
William Wellman Director
James Basevi Art Director
Frank Cavett Original Story
John D. Dunning Editor
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Ralph S. Hurst Set Decoration/Design
Talbot Jennings Original Story,Screenwriter
William C. Mellor Cinematographer
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
David Raksin Score Composer
Robert Sisk Producer
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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