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The Big Sky (6-Aug-1952)

Director: Howard Hawks

Writer: Dudley Nichols

From novel: The Big Sky by A. B. Guthrie

Music Composed and Directed by: Dimitri Tiomkin

Producer: Howard Hawks

Keywords: Western

Frontiersmen Jim Deakins and Boone Caudill and a group of other men leave 1832 St. Louis to journey up the Mississippi River through unfriendly territory, returning a beautiful Blackfoot princess, Teal Eye, and hoping to establish trade relations with the other friendly Blackfoot. In between are rival fur traders, hostile Indians, and the elements. Strong performances, vivid scenery (though black and white), rollicking adventure; among Howard Hawks' best work. Some prints seem in poor preservation. Received Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Best Cinematography.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Buddy Baer
11-Jun-1915 18-Jul-1986 Jack and the Beanstalk
Jim Davis
26-Aug-1909 26-Apr-1981 Jock Ewing on Dallas
Kirk Douglas
9-Dec-1916   Spartacus
Arthur Hunnicutt
17-Feb-1910 26-Sep-1979 The Big Sky
Dewey Martin
8-Dec-1923   The Big Sky
Hank Worden
23-Jul-1901 6-Dec-1992 The Searchers


Kirk Douglas   ...   Jim Deakins
Dewey Martin   ...   Boone Caudill
Elizabeth Threatt   ...   Teal Eye (Indian princess)
Arthur Hunnicutt   ...   Zeb Calloway (Boone's uncle)
Buddy Baer   ...   Romaine
Steven Geray   ...   Jourdonnais (captain)
Henri Letondal   ...   Labadie
Hank Worden   ...   Poordevil
Jim Davis   ...   Streak


Review by anonymous (posted on 17-Mar-2006)

I have seen this film several times on TV and thoroughly enjoyed it on each occasion. My only regret is being unable to find it on DVD. I think I could enjoy it more if I were able to see it in its theatrical, uncut version. I have always wondered why such a panoramic story was shot in black and white. The scenery certainly deserved a technicolor treatment. Perhaps it was because some "exterior" scenes were so obviously shot on a soundstage. Nonetheless, the story of this group of indian fur traders and their keel boat made for a facinating story. I guess the most memorable recollections I have of this story was the enjoyable narrative of one of its supporting characters, played by Arthur Hunnicutt, and the only appearance on film of Elizabeth Threatt, who played the indian princess, Teal Eye. I have often wondered what became of her, and even Google couldn't answer that.

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