The Far Country (1954)
James Stewart tries to come off as a selfish and inconsiderate cowboy who must find the goodness in him, in this half-done gold-rush western. The film is directed with some sloppiness by Anthony Mann, but it has its moments thanks to wonderful location cinematography and a beautifully acted friendship (with homoerotic undertones) between Stewart and Walter Brennan. The film’s romantic subplots, on the other hand, never are very convincing, and the final shoot-out is a disappointment. In all honesty, Jimmy Stewart was never at his best in physical action scenes, but he is as handsome and charming as ever in this slight but kind-hearted western.