The Far Country (1954)

Approved   |    |  Romance, Western


The Far Country (1954) Poster

A self-minded adventurer (Jeff Webster) locks horns with a crooked lawman (Mr. Gannon) while driving cattle to Dawson.


7.2/10
5,972

Photos

  • James Stewart and Ruth Roman in The Far Country (1954)
  • James Stewart in The Far Country (1954)
  • James Stewart in The Far Country (1954)
  • James Stewart, Corinne Calvet, and Ruth Roman in The Far Country (1954)
  • James Stewart in The Far Country (1954)
  • James Stewart, Corinne Calvet, and Ruth Roman in The Far Country (1954)

See all photos

Get More From IMDb

For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review


User Reviews


2 October 2017 | Wuchakk
7
| Mann/Stewart Western (actually, a Northern) shot in spectacular Jasper National Park, Alberta
RELEASED IN 1954 and directed by Anthony Mann, "The Far Country" stars Jimmy Stewart as a self-centered cattleman, Jeff Webster, who conflicts with a crooked, self-appointed lawman (John McIntire) while driving cattle through Skagway, Alaska, to Dawson during the 1896 Klondike gold rush. Ruth Roman plays a formidable woman he meets on the steamship, who unfortunately works for Gannon (McIntire). Walter Brennan plays Jeff's best friend while Corinne Calvet plays a tough foreign settler with romantic inclinations.

This was the fourth of five Westerns Mann did with Stewart. These were uncompromisingly harsh, psychological Westerns featuring themes of revenge, obsession, rage and redemption. They were spectacularly shot on location, rather than in the studio, providing a backdrop of authentic rugged beauty. This one was shot in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada, with one episode involving Athabasca Glacier.

The opening sequence on the steamship is memorable for the way Jeff (Stewart) escapes ship authorities with the assistance of Ruth Roman's character. Roman is stalwart, stunning and surprisingly vivacious (for her role as a woman in the rough NW wilderness). Gannon (McIntire) is an interesting antagonist due to the way he joyfully basks in his power and overt corruption.

THE MOVIE RUNS 97 minutes. WRITER: Borden Chase. ADDITIONAL CAST: Jay C. Flippen, Harry Morgan and Jack Elam.

GRADE: B

Critic Reviews



More Like This

Bend of the River

Bend of the River

The Naked Spur

The Naked Spur

The Man from Laramie

The Man from Laramie

Winchester '73

Winchester '73

Night Passage

Night Passage

The Rare Breed

The Rare Breed

Broken Arrow

Broken Arrow

Shenandoah

Shenandoah

The Tin Star

The Tin Star

Man of the West

Man of the West

Two Rode Together

Two Rode Together

The Glenn Miller Story

The Glenn Miller Story

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 James 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 this movie, 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.


Quotes

Dawson Marshal Rube Morris: He's got a real tough job, that constable. He patrols some ten, twenty thousand square miles full of nothing but hill and hollow. Sometimes he don't get home for two or three months at time, ridin' up in that far country.


Goofs

There were no gunslingers or shootouts in Dawson City during the Klondike gold rush. The Mounted Police were in the Yukon in large numbers and enforced the law very strictly. Dawson City during the Klondike gold rush was peaceful and not lawless as depicted in the movie.


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.


Soundtracks

PRETTY LITTLE PRIMROSE
(uncredited)
Music by
Milton Rosen
Lyrics by Frederick Herbert
Performed by Connie Gilchrist, Kathleen Freeman and Connie Van

Storyline

Plot Summary


Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Genres

Romance | Western

'Knives Out' Trailer Commentary With Rian Johnson

Writer/director Rian Johnson gives his insights into the Knives Out trailer. In two minutes.

Watch now

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com