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Title: The Far Country (1954)
Post by: Leone Admirer on March 22, 2006, 11:02:02 AM
A piece of Western memorabilia I own now. An original Austrialian Daybill for The Far Country

(http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/5789/farcountry9zv.jpg)


Title: Re: The Far Country
Post by: cigar joe on March 22, 2006, 04:52:37 PM
That is nice, that film is pretty good too, like to get the DVD R1 of it.


Title: Re: The Far Country
Post by: boardwalk_angel on March 25, 2006, 04:20:21 PM
It's a very good movie...underrated, too...one of Mann/Stewart's most entertaining Westerns. John McIntyre's great in it, too.
It's Pie's best role, too. Shoulda got the "best supporting horse" oscar for 1954.  ;)
The Universal DVD is OK...no extras save for the original trailer..but a good one to have.


Title: Re: The Far Country
Post by: cigar joe on March 25, 2006, 08:32:01 PM
thanks boardwalk_angel for the info on the Universal DVD I'll have to pick that one up.


Title: Re: The Far Country
Post by: The Firecracker on March 26, 2006, 11:39:32 AM
Speaking of underrated westerns, I hear "Hour of the Gun" is an excellent John Sturges movie.
It has been playing on encore westerns alot latley. I  have yet to see it.


Title: Re: The Far Country
Post by: cigar joe on March 26, 2006, 01:52:41 PM
Its good, a little talky during the trial sequence, but OK once Garner goes after the killers of his brother. Jason Robards is good too.


Title: The Far Country (1954)
Post by: cigar joe on August 25, 2006, 09:56:35 PM
This was a pretty good Anthony Mann directed Western with Jimmy Stewart, John McIntire, Walter Brennan, Jack Elam, Henry Morgan, Ruth Roman and Corrine Calvert.

Nice sternwheeler steamer shots going up the Inland Passage (probably the Columbia or Willamete River), Jasper National Park fills in for Skagway Alaska and Dawson Yukon Territory. Beautiful landscapes whitout a doubt and its nice to see a Western set during the Klondike Gold Rush, there are plenty of good future stories that can be set in the Yukon & Alaska, we need more snow Westerns though this one isn't one.

The story revolves arounfd a herd of cattle brought by Stewart & Brennan from Wyoming through Seattle then by steamer to Skagway where they are impounded by crooked sherriff McIntire. Its got some love triangles that don't impead the story too much, and the score is adequate. Has a good nighttime shootout at the end.

Here is another film that in the right hands could be remade SW style IMO. 


Title: Re: The Far Country (1954)
Post by: Sackett on August 25, 2006, 10:22:51 PM
I always like watching the Stewart westerns.


Title: Re: The Far Country (1954)
Post by: boardwalk_angel on August 26, 2006, 06:13:46 AM
"The Far Country"...in addition to being a very entertaining Western...presents a "vision" of the West that's very different from most of the stuff being thrown out of Hollywood in the early 50's...........from the get-go....there's cattle thieves...price gouging steamboat captains...corrupt sherrifs/hanging judges...gold stealing killers...even the "good" characters aren't immune from a little elbow nudging thievery.
Stewart's cynical 'Jeff Webster' is a complex, well written character.
I love the depiction of Dawson...a great mudhole of a town...."Pretty Little Primrose" is a hoot...
A nicely filmed & well done shootout...
Good stuff.


Title: Re: The Far Country (1954)
Post by: titoli on July 11, 2009, 10:45:57 PM
One of my favourite AW's. The finale with the people coming to the rescue, though, shows why the hero must remain lonesome. Corinne Calvet is extremely sexy. 8\10


Title: Re: The Far Country (1954)
Post by: The Firecracker on January 12, 2010, 04:01:06 PM
One of my favourite AW's. The finale with the people coming to the rescue, though, shows why the hero must remain lonesome. Corinne Calvet is extremely sexy. 8\10

In another case I'd agree with you but I think the townsfolk coming to the rescue here is passable.
It completes the arch of each of those characters as opposed to just being an example of  Deus ex machina.

This Mann western is very similar to his other Bend Of The River, but I think this has a slight edge (even though it relies too much on its romantic sub-plot, whereas Bend Of The River doesn't) because it has a more satisfying conclusion.

Now that I've seen all the Mann/Stewart westerns I'd vote that both Naked Spur andWinchester 73' are the best.
I like them both equally.

The Man From Laramie, while excellent, is the weakest (a shame as I like the territory it's set in more than the territory in the other 4 movies).


Title: Re: The Far Country (1954)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on March 15, 2011, 12:22:02 PM
saw "The Far Country" a little while ago on TCM. One of my favorite Stewart Westerns. I'd give it an 8/10. I really like Walter Brennan here, in a role similar to his Stumpy in "Rio Bravo."


Title: Re: The Far Country (1954)
Post by: Groggy on March 15, 2011, 04:03:36 PM
My favorite Mann Western aside from Man from Laramie.


Title: Re: The Far Country (1954)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on March 15, 2011, 04:15:02 PM
My favorite Mann Western aside from Man from Laramie.

 The Far Country and The Man from Laramie are the only 2 Mann/Stewart Westerns I have seen thus far. They are both good


Title: Re: The Far Country (1954)
Post by: cigar joe on March 15, 2011, 08:20:27 PM
You realize that "The Far Country" is circa, or post 1897, its another Turn of The Century Western that doesn't emphasize the "end of the West".


Title: Re: The Far Country (1954)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on March 15, 2011, 08:33:51 PM
You realize that "The Far Country" is circa, or post 1897, its another Turn of The Century Western that doesn't emphasize the "end of the West".

imdb says it's 1896 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048055/


Title: Re: The Far Country (1954)
Post by: cigar joe on March 16, 2011, 05:37:45 AM
Screw IMDb, IMDb isn't always right, look up the Klondike Gold Rush which is what its based on. Not the initial gold strike. The Chilcoot Pass sequence wouldn't make sense until the rush started.

http://www.questconnect.org/ak_klondike.htm (http://www.questconnect.org/ak_klondike.htm)


Title: Re: The Far Country (1954)
Post by: Groggy on September 05, 2011, 02:53:32 PM
Screw IMDb, IMDb isn't always right, look up the Klondike Gold Rush which is what its based on. Not the initial gold strike. The Chilcoot Pass sequence wouldn't make sense until the rush started.

http://www.questconnect.org/ak_klondike.htm (http://www.questconnect.org/ak_klondike.htm)

There's a subtitle that explicitly says 1896 at the beginning of the film.


Title: Re: The Far Country (1954)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on September 05, 2011, 02:59:55 PM
There's a subtitle that explicitly says 1896 at the beginning of the film.

well subtitles don't always make sense either. all Westerns should have cj as historical consultant  ;)


Title: Re: The Far Country (1954)
Post by: Groggy on September 05, 2011, 04:29:47 PM
Bend of the River takes place in 1847 yet has characters toting Winchester rifles. I don't think Anthony Mann films are the last word in Western versimilitude.


Title: Re: The Far Country (1954)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on June 07, 2013, 02:56:38 PM
just saw the movie for the second time (though the first time I missed the first 15 minutes, and it may have been a pan-and-scan, so I'll consider this my first "real" viewing). I give this an 8.5/10; IMO it is easily the best of the Mann-Stewart Westerns.
I particularly loved Stewart's performance here. The only real criticism I have of the movie is the excessive process shots of the snow-covered mountains.


Title: Re: The Far Country (1954)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on April 11, 2014, 02:55:45 AM
saw the movie again not too long ago on TCM; I go up to a 9/10  O0 O0


Title: Re: The Far Country (1954)
Post by: stanton on April 11, 2014, 05:27:56 AM
It could have become Mann's best western if Mann had skipped the sentimental parts towards the ending. 8/10


Title: Re: The Far Country (1954)
Post by: cigar joe on April 11, 2014, 05:45:44 AM
It could have become Mann's best western if Mann had skipped the sentimental parts towards the ending. 8/10

That's why I like Man Of The West a tad better.


Title: Re: The Far Country (1954)
Post by: stanton on April 11, 2014, 06:02:57 AM
Yes, Man of the West and The Naked Spur.


Title: Re: The Far Country (1954)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on April 11, 2014, 06:40:14 AM
I give THE FAR COUNTRY the same rating as MAN OF THE WEST, both terrific movies, but when talking just about the Mann-Stewart Westerns, IMO, THE FAR COUNTRY is the best by far and away. I don't even like any of the others besides THE MAN FROM LARAMIE.