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The Far Horizons Details


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 between the cerebral Lewis and the two-fisted Clark. Aiding the men in their expedition is Indian maiden Sacajawea, played with fist-in-the-air defiance by Donna Reed. Since interracial romances were still largely taboo in American films of the early 1950s, Sacajawea can only pine and sigh as Lewis and Clark square off over the affections of white-woman Julia Hancock (Barbara Hale). This Technicolor-and-Vistavision film works best as an outdoor adventure; its dramatic scenes tend to bog down in an excess of verbiage. The Far Horizons was based on Barbara Hale, a novel by Della Gould Edmonds. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Fred MacMurray
as Meriwether Lewis
Charlton Heston
as Bill Clark
Donna Reed
as Sacajawea
Barbara Hale
as Julia Hancock
William Demarest
as Sgt. Cass
Alan Reed, Sr.
as Charboneau
Larry Pennell
as Wild Eagle
Ralph Moody
as Le Borgne
Herbert Heyes
as President Jefferson
Voltaire Perkins
Vernon Rich
as Bit part
Margarita Martin
Tom Monroe
Bob Herron
Lester Matthews
as Mr. Hancock
Fran Bennett
as Bit part
Julia Montoya
as Crow Woman
Argentina Brunetti
as Old Crone
Frank Fowler
as Bit part
Walter Reed
as Cruzatte
Joe Canutt
as Bit part
Bill Walker
Leroy Johnson
as Bit part
Helen Wallace
as Mrs. Hancock


Rudolph Maté
William Pine
William C. Thomas
Winston Miller
Edmund H. North
Daniel L. Fapp
Hans Salter
Composer (Music Score)
Hal Pereira
Art Director
Earl Hedrick
Art Director
Sam Comer
Set Designer
Otto Siegel
Set Designer
Edith Head
Costume Designer
William McGarry
First Assistant Director