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A So-so Western
I like James Stewart, but not so much in this western. He didn't seem to embody the Jeff Webster character. I didn't believe Stewart when he said he didn't like people. When he hesitated in helping the avalanche victims, I actually saw him riding to them as soon as the snow began rumbling. McIntire was great as Gannon and Roman was a good Ronda Castle. Of course Walter Brennan was the too-talkie Ben Tatum perfectly. The character, Renee Vallon, was extremely annoying. So, if that was supposed to be her M.O., Calvet played her well.
Waste of talent, scenery
- den scul
Talent great, thought Corrine Calvert was cute but "what's a nice girl like you doing in a Yukon mining came?" Considering Jimmy Stewart and sidekick Walter Brennan were about same actual age, Jimmy was getting a little too old to play this part . The best actor was James McIntyre, one of those evil, but you can't help but liking until the last five minutes. And where did the writers get the idea that gold miners talked about "striking it rich?" They waited until they got to San Francisco. Even those who didn't find gold, didn't want to let someone know they might be carrying dust. The Yukon gold rush had something in common with all strikes. It was a dog eats dog existence where friendships were few and far between. And it was one of the few Western era films that were accurate as for carrying a Winchester or Colt. That was the only protection available. Again, why would anyone brag about their strikes?
Great performance by Jimmy Stewart on a beautiful Canadian location.
The exteriors for this movie were actually shot in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada (NOT Alaska). The shots are stunning and the cast reportedly suffered from the cold on the location shoot. The exerior shots are one of the elements elevate this movie from a run-of-the-mill Western to a believable and involving storyline.
Far Country is a beautiful western shot on location in Alaska. Jimmy Stewart gives yet another great performance, alongside the great Walter Brennan. This has everything you would want in a western, with the added bonus of breath taking Alaskan scenery.