An exceptional historical drama, this feature has it all: trials, tribulations, excitement, humor, sorrow, action, adventure. At all times absorbing, I was riveted from first to last. Fabulous characters, incredible actors, vibrant colors, well composed scenes (at times each shot looked like a painting, the lighting was dramatic and well thought out. No surprise, it earned an Oscar nomination for the cinematography...losing out to Gone With The Wind). The story moves along at a good clip, picking up considerably once Edna May Oliver, as the indomitable Mrs. McKlennar, came into the story (the movie's only other Oscar nomination). She can dominate a scene by just walking into a room and not saying a blessed thing. John Carradine is also on hand as the villain of the piece (he never really got his due as an actor). Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert make a great couple. Her best scene was the hysterical reaction to an intruder in their cabin. The way she screamed and fell in and out of the deep shadows made for a chilling moment. Altogether just a fantastically beautiful film, even the scenes of great destruction are lovely to behold (Henry Fonda's desperate race to save the fort, the enormous sunset at his back....perfection).
Loved it, definitely a keeper that I'll enjoy for many years to come. Glad I bought it.