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The Far Country

Rugged action is featured in The Far Country to go with its rugged outdoor scenery, and the results add up to film entertainment. Pic marks the fifth successful combination of James Stewart, as star, Aaron Rosenberg as producer, and Anthony Mann as director.

Rugged action is featured in The Far Country to go with its rugged outdoor scenery, and the results add up to film entertainment. Pic marks the fifth successful combination of James Stewart, as star, Aaron Rosenberg as producer, and Anthony Mann as director.

Cast and crew locationed around the Columbia Ice Fields and in Jasper Park to get the chilly atmosphere to go with a story of the far north, set back in the pioneer days [1896] when gold was luring adventurous souls to the snow country. The location areas in Canada provide the film with a good backstop for the Borden Chase outdoor action plot.

Stewart arrives in this setting driving a herd of cattle, which he and his partner (Walter Brennan) figure to unload at fancy prices in the gold-crazy country around Skagway and Dawson. The partners are in trouble almost immediately, because Skagway’s self-styled law (John McIntire) tries to commandeer the herd before it can be driven to Dawson.

Stewart and Brennan are completely at home in this type of film and handle their characters with the expected ease. The distaff stars, saloon keeper Ruth Roman and Corinne Calvet, a gold fields girl who gets Stewart at the finale, add quite a bit to the entertainment values.

The Far Country

  • Production: Universal. Director Anthony Mann; Producer Aaron Rosenberg; Screenplay Borden Chase; Camera William Daniels; Editor Russell Schoengarth; Music Joseph Gershenson (dir.); Art Director Bernard Herzbrun, Alexander Golitzen
  • Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1955. Running time: 96 MIN.
  • With: James Stewart Ruth Roman Corinne Calvet Walter Brennan John McIntire Jay C. Flippen
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