With Kit Carson over the Great Divide (1925)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Traditional Western  |   Run Time - 72 min.  |  
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With Kit Carson over the Great Divide is a typically disappointing western "epic" from fly-by-night producer Anthony J. Xydias. Roy Stewart plays fabled frontiersman Carson, while fading favorites Jack Mower, Henry B. Walthall, Marguerte Snow and Sheldon Lewis costar. After a series of grandiose introductory titles, we are introduced to Captain Fremont's "expedition", consisting of one wagon and four riders. Fremont is halted by the "swollen" Platte river, which is as placid as a lake. The long awaited Indian attacks feature no more than a dozen straggly extras at any time. The photography is beautiful, even though there's nothing to photograph. Producer Xydias had a positive mania for decking his films out with alluring titles (in addition to With Kit Carson over the Great Divide, he also churned out such winners as With General Custer at the Little Big Horn and With Sitting Bull at the Spirit Lake Massacre), then resolutely offer nothing but dull exposition and depressingly skimpy action "highlights".



damsel-in-distress, generation-gap