Instead let's just superimpose American wild west history onto Canada. Hollywood knew its viewers were too stupid to know the difference. Hi G, Thanks for your comment. I see your point. And I don't think we can expect historical accuracy from a Western movie: thery're not supposed to be documentaries.
The Far Country (1955)
I'm sure you're right that many viewers in the world in Europe, say didn't distinguish between the US and Canada; it was all "North America" to them. Best wishes, Jeff. Best wishes Bart. This one contains all the usual suspects. And we are back in the snowy north-west. Well, yes, we are back in the North West, as for Bend on the River , but this time we go over the border from Skagway into Canada. Stewart is back, with same hat and same horse this time Pie features a little bell on the saddle-horn and at one point in the script Stewart calls him by name.
Stewart is guiding again, as in Bend , but this time for posh Ruth Roman. Of course he has a 'past'. We aren't told what it was but at one point when Ruth Roman says, "I trusted a man once", he replies, "Quite a coincidence. I trusted a woman. He stands off; he lives permanently in the far country. Yep, Walter Brennan is his garrulous sidekick this time. He had rather taken out a patent on that role. This gives a lighter tone to this movie than the others have.
There are more attempts at humor in the script. This almost absurdist dialogue does raise a wry smile among us, if not a chuckle.
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Still, such humor as we find is a cold, frosty one with an undercurrent of menace. It is Mann after all.
But Walter Brennan was a deceptively fine actor, as Howard Hawks knew. The best actor, though, is John McIntire, better even than Stewart this time, and he is the master of this hard humor.
John McIntire was always very, very good in Westerns. He elevated mediocre ones and made good ones like The Far Country great. Corinne Calvet is hokey as the freckly French-Canadian tomboy in a woolen hat for whom Stewart is supposed, ludicrously, to fall. But Ruth Roman is beautiful, Ava Gardner-classy.
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