Plot & Details
Missouri Traveler was one of a handful of independent films distributed by Disney's Buena Vista corporation. Brandon De Wilde heads the cast as 15-year-old orphan boy Biarn Turner. Doing his best to survive in the rural South of the pre-WW1 years, Biarn is unofficially adopted by crusty small-town newspaper editor Doyle Magee (Gary Merrill). Also taking an interest in Biarn's future is wealthy self-made farmer Tobias Brown (Lee Marvin), whose apparently cruel treatment of the boy masks his genuine affection and concern. Highlights include an annual trotting race and a climactic set-to between Magee and Brown. The Missouri Traveller is based on the novel by John Burress.
- Genre(s): Drama
- Run Time: 103min.
- Director(s): Jerry Hopper
- Starring: Brandon de Wilde , Lee Marvin , Gary Merrill , Paul Ford , Mary Hosford
- Themes: Orphans
- Tone: Earthy
- Keywords: Southerner, community, determination, farming, mentor, orphan, runaway [from home], rurality, struggle, editor, family, newspaper, racehorse, teenagers