Howard Hawks has spared nothing in the filming of A.B. Guthrie Jr's novel, The Big Sky, except the cutting shears. Pic is a gigantic outdoor epic, but its impact is dissipated by the marathon running time. [Version reviewed ran 138 mins. Pic was subsequently cut by RKO soon after initial release in major cities.]

Howard Hawks has spared nothing in the filming of A.B. Guthrie Jr’s novel, The Big Sky, except the cutting shears. Pic is a gigantic outdoor epic, but its impact is dissipated by the marathon running time. [Version reviewed ran 138 mins. Pic was subsequently cut by RKO soon after initial release in major cities.]

Kirk Douglas is cast as a Kentucky mountaineer. Story involves his joining a keelboat expedition up the Missouri river in the 1830s.

Story line centers on the 1,200-mile trek up the Missouri from St. Louis to the Blackfoot Indian tribe in the northwest. Expedition is headed by French fur trader, Jourdonnais, excellently played by Steven Geray. The long trip is filled with the usual obstacles, warring Indians, treacherous white men, nature’s forces, etc.

Femme interest is supplied by newcomer Elizabeth Threatt, who plays the daughter of a Blackfoot chief being returned to her tribe by Geray.

1952: Nominations: Best Supp. Actor (Arthur Hunnicutt), B&W Cinematography

The Big Sky

Production

Winchester/RKO. Director Howard Hawks; Producer Howard Hawks; Screenplay Dudley Nichols; Camera Russell Harlan; Editor Christian Nyby; Music Dimitri Tiomkin; Art Director Albert S. D'Agostino, Perry Ferguson

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1952. Running time: 122 MIN.

With

Kirk Douglas Dewey Martin Elizabeth Threatt Arthur Hunnicutt Hank Worden Jim Davis
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