Friday, January 4, 2013

THE FAR COUNTRY (1954)

When the film opens we find Stewart as a rough outdoorsman who's been running some cattle up to Alaska.  The law don't take too kindly to the fact that he had to kill two of his men who tried to run off with the cows.  Stuff happens and next thing you know Stewart and his partners (Walter Brennan and Jay C. Flippen) are in some remote gold mining town where the local sheriff (John McIntire) is crooked as hell and ain't above just straight up killing people in cold blood in order to steal their gold.

Anthony Mann and Jimmy Stewart's fourth western collaboration might have a great cast, but I didn't care too much for the story.  Stewart's character is too much of an asshole to root for and the action moved around too much.  One minute we're fighting the law, then the next digging gold, then there's an avalanche, then stealing some cows, shoot out in a bar, shoot out in the street.  Sounds exciting, but it was all too jumbled up for me.  Worth a watch since it's still a good movie, but not one that I'm going to be revisiting any time soon.

Mann - Stewart westerns:

WINCHESTER '73
BEND OF THE RIVER
THE NAKED SPUR
THE MAN FROM LARAMIE