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Across the Wide Missouri Details


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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Clark Gable
as Flint Mitchell
Ricardo Montalban
as Ironshirt
John Hodiak
as Brecan
Adolphe Menjou
as Pierre
J. Carrol Naish
as Looking Glass
Jack Holt
as Bear Ghost
Alan Napier
as Capt. Humberstone Lyon
George Chandler
as Gowie
Richard Anderson
as Dick
Howard Keel
as Chip Mitchell as an Adult (as Narrator)
James Whitmore
Frankie Darro
as Cadet
Douglas Fowley
as Tin Cup Owens
Henri Letondal
as Lucien Chennault
Russell Simpson
as Hoback
Henri Letondal
as Lucien Chennault
Howard Keel
as Chip Mitchell as an Adult (as Narrator)
Frankie Darro
as Cadet
Douglas Fowley
as Tin Cup Owens


William Wellman
Robert Sisk
Talbot Jennings
Talbot Jennings
Screen Story
William C. Mellor
David Raksin
Composer (Music Score)
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
James Basevi
Art Director
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Walter Plunkett
Costume Designer
Warren Newcombe
Special Effects
William J. Tuttle