Along the Great Divide Movie Review Summary

Actors: Kirk Douglas, Virginia Mayo, Walter Brennan, James Anderson, Charles Meredith

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Tim 'Pop' Keith is about to be lynched by Ned Roden and his son Dan Roden when Federal Marshal Len Merrick interferes and saves Pop's life. Pop is accused of having killed Ned Roden's second son and stolen some cattle but although he admits having robbed the cows, the old man firmly denies having anything to do with the death of Roden's son. Merrick intends to deliver Pop to the nearest judge for a fair trial. In the company of his two deputies, Billy and Lou, Merrick accepts Pop's invitation to stay at his home for the night. The law officers must then confront Pop's daughter, Ann Keith, who tries everything she can to force Merrick to release her father. The next morning, they are attacked by Ned Roden and his men; Billy is severely injured but Merrick manages to take hold of Dan Rodden.
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Now, Merrick decides to cross the desert in order to reach his destination more promptly. But the group doesn't have much water and Merrick must stay on his guard because Pop and Ann haven't given up the hope to escape. As his second deputy Lou doesn't accept anymore his decisions, Merrick must also arrest him and, from this moment on, watch over four people who are anxiously waiting for a mistake or a blackout of the Marshall. They finally make it and Pop is sentenced to death by the jury although Merrick, who, apart of being in love with Ann, is now convinced that the old man is innocent. Directed by Raoul Walsh in 1951.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50% Time/Era of Movie:    -   16th-19th century Western    -   Yes Kind of western:    -   wrongfully accused proving innocence    -   fighting bad business/family

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southwest Desert?    -   Yes Desert:    -   dying of thirst, sunburn    -   funny heat-delusions

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Kind of violence:    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets Any profanity?    -   None

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