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Dean Jagger does a remarkable job as Brigham Young. He resembles him closely and even has a similar voice, according to a crew-member who was hired for coaching because he knew Brigham personally, and was around 16 when Brigham died in 1877 (50 years before filming this picture). Interesting trivia note: Dean Jagger was not LDS when he made this film but later married a Mormon woman and subsequently joined the church.
Vincent Price respected Joseph Smith greatly and had great reverence and admiration for him while playing the role of the prophet. His screentime is minimal but he does a fine job (in spite of being 10 years older than the man he was portraying).
The LDS first presidency approved the script, even though it veered from the truth on many points. They did this because they agreed that it helped make the picture more dramatic and exciting. Personally, I would prefer historical accuracy over romance or excitement, but that's how it was back then. Successful movies had a sort of recipe, and they wanted this one to follow that recipe as close as it could.
But all-in-all it paints an accurate picture of America in the 1840's and 50's and the trek of the early Mormon pioneers.
I recommend it, but if you can, watch the excellent commentary afterwards. It clears up fact from fiction and is very enlightening.
Film: 3 stars
DVD extras: 4 stars
Weighted average score: 4 stars
It is not true that the subject of polygamy is mentioned only once. It is confronted several times, including as the subject of a fierce argument between Linda Darnell and Tyrone Power. Brigham admits to having 12 wives at the time of the trek (he had 27, count 'em, by the end of his life), and there are other allusions to polygamy, e.g., the frequent presence of his second wife alongside his first. The script presents the viewer with a "this is how it was" attitude. You may decide whether you approve or disapprove.
Having the comments version available after we watched the movie greatly enhanced our understanding of the history. The comments include some interesting details about location filming and casting decisions.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great product. Quick delivery. Will buy again....5 star....thanks.Published 2 months ago by Norma Swede
Although not entirely accurate, it is still a good moviePublished 4 months ago by Catherine J Matteson-Davis
Wow! A good story -- it brought a tear to my eyes -- yes, it is an old movie, and yes, the backdrop is Mormon, but it is a very good story. Life was hard in those days. Read morePublished 6 months ago by John Inman
I had already saw parts of the movie on TCM and I loved the story of his life and being a Prophet for God.Published 6 months ago by Gloria Norman
This little-known black-and-white biopic tells the story of the Mormon migration to Utah—why it happened and what followed it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Chrijeff
You could save money and see it on TCM or one of the other free movie channels out there.Published 7 months ago by Robert J. Baumann
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