A vast, sprawling Western, shot in the short-lived three-strip Cinerama process, which chronicles the development of the American West through the adventures of one family over three generations. Hathaway's sequence, 'The Rivers, The Plains, The Outlaws', comes off best, while Ford's section on the Civil War looks as much a survey of his own career as of the war. The main problem remains the impossibility of subjecting a film that is fundamentally about landscape and history to the demands of such a coarse dramatic form.
Cast and crew
Henry Hathaway, John Ford, George Marshall
James R Webb
John Wayne James Stewart Henry Fonda Gregory Peck Carroll Baker Debbie Reynolds Richard Widmark Walter Brennan Raymond Massey Agnes Moorehead Karl Malden Robert Preston George Peppard Eli Wallach Spencer Tracy