Far Country 1954 James Stewart Western
Stars: James Stewart, Ruth Roman, Corinne Calvet
In 1896, Jeff Webster sees the start of the Klondike gold rush as a golden opportunity to make a fortune in beef. 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 Jeff believes in every-man-for-himself, turning his back on growing lawlessness, until it finally strikes home.
The story starts fast and doesn’t let up, with several scenes of really good dialog between Jeff Webster, Ronda Castle and Sheriff Gannon. This film is in some ways reminiscent of Bend of the River (1952), also a Mann-Stewart work but less sentimental and more interesting.
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.
- Director: Anthony Mann
- Country: USA
- Language: English
- Production Co.: Universal International
- Run time: 97 minutes
- Sound: Mono
- Color: Color (Technicolor)
Sample Video from The Far Country
You may also enjoy the James Stewart-Anthony Mann 5-Disk DVD Set. In the 1950’s, James Stewart starred in a number of Westerns that cast him as a morally ambiguous loner. His persona was that of a man with a dark past and questionable motives. His work with director Anthony Mann during this time forever altered his public persona. The movies in this set are Winchester ’73 (1950), Bend in the River (1952), Thunder Bay (1953), The Far Country (1954) and The Man From Laramie (1955).
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