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Many Rivers to Cross

Westerns movie directed by Roy Rowland

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Parker and Taylor shine in frontier-era western comedy!

  • Jul 4, 2009
Bushrod Gentry's (Robert Taylor) journey to the Northwest territory is continually stalled by lovestruck young ladies who take an instant shy to him. So far he's been able to escape all their advances, but when pistol-packin' tomboy Mary Stuart Cherne (Eleanor Parker) saves him from a Shawnee attack, it just might end in a genuine shot-gun wedding!

MANY RIVERS TO CROSS (1955) is a lighthearted western comedy romp, which allowed the versatile Eleanor Parker to show yet another side of her amazing acting range. She is very much one of the leading actors of her generation, yet criminally underrated because, as opposed to other stars of the period, she wanted to be an actress, instead of merely a personality--a big difference! During her career, Parker built up an impressive gallery of characters, and earned Academy Award nominations for her work in "Caged!", "Detective Story" and "Interrupted Melody". Most people sadly only know Parker from her role as the Baroness in "The Sound of Music"; and while that's also one of her finer portrayals--and probably her most accessible movie--I'd urge people who haven't already to start their own journey of discovery in the films of Eleanor Parker.

Warner's DVD print for MANY RIVERS TO CROSS comes from the original Eastman Color filmstocks, and whilst the image is a little faded and fuzzy in spots (most Eastman and Ansco Color-processed titles sadly haven't aged as gracefully as Technicolor ones), it's still very watchable. The only extra is the trailer. Recommended.

This title is also available as part of Warner's Western Classics boxset collection, which also boasts another Eleanor Parker gem ("Escape from Fort Bravo"), in addition to "The Law and Jake Wade", "Saddle the Wind", "The Stalking Moon", and the 1960 remake of "Cimarron".

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Bushrod Gentry is a right restless man, a bullwhip-crackin', tough-brawlin' trapper passing through Barren River, Kentucky and heading for the pelts and promise of the Northwest Territory. He'll never get there if Mary Stuart Cherne has her way. It's marryin' season, the preacher is making his annual visit to Barreb River abnd Mary has her heart and rifle barrel set on buckskinned bachelor Bushrod. It's love at first fight as Robert Taylor and Eleanor Parker star in this adventure comedy packed with woodsman gumption, battle-of-the-sexes spunk and battle-for-survival skirmishes with Shawnee warriors. Taming the land. Taming hearts. They're both part of the frontier excitement in Mary Rivers to Cross.
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Director: Roy Rowland
Genre: Western
DVD Release Date: August 26, 2008
Runtime: 94 minutes
Studio: Warner Home Video
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