ACROSS THE WIDE MIS­SOURI (1951) GEM, 2PM, PG, WESTERN

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

In the time when lead­ing men were rugged and po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness was scarce came this Clark Gable of­fer­ing. Di­rected by western of­fi­cial Wil­liam A. Well­man ( Buf­faloBill, The Call of the Wild), it tells the story of beaver trap­per Flint Mitchell (Gable) in 1800s Mon­tana. Want­ing to ex­tend his hunt­ing bound­aries, he mar­ries the daugh­ter (María Elena Mar­qués) of a na­tive Amer­i­can chief to ac­cess the land. Think­ing his mar­riage is purely busi­ness, he slowly falls for her charms. A stan­dard Gable fare, how­ever, be­cause of the 25-year age dif­fer­ence be­tween leads the ro­mance seems a lit­tle un­be­liev­able. ★★★

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