The Mountain (1956 film)

The Mountain

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Edward Dmytryk
Written by Ranald MacDougall
Henri Troyat (novel)
Starring Spencer Tracy
Robert Wagner
Music by Daniele Amfitheatrof
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • 1956 (1956)
Running time
105 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2,119,000[1]
Box office $1.8 million (US)[2]

The Mountain is a 1956 dramatic film starring Spencer Tracy and Robert Wagner. The supporting cast included Claire Trevor, Richard Arlen, William Demarest, and Anna Kashfi. It is based on La neige en deuil, a 1952 French novel by Henri Troyat, which was inspired by the crash of Air India Flight 245 in 1950.

Plot summary

When a passenger plane crashes near the top of Mont Blanc in the French Alps, greedy Christopher Teller (Wagner) decides to go and rob the dead. However, he has no hope of getting to the crash site without the help of his older brother Zachary (Tracy), a highly skilled mountain climber. Zachary wants to leave the dead in peace, but Chris hounds him until he finally gives in.

When they reach the downed plane, they find one badly injured survivor, an Indian woman (Kashfi). Chris wants to leave her there to die, but Zachary insists on bringing her down the mountain.

On the descent, Chris, ignoring Zachary's warning, tries to cross an unsafe snow bridge and falls to his death. When Zachary gets the woman to his village, he tells everyone that he went up the mountain to rob the plane and forced his brother to go with him, but his friends (Trevor, Demarest) know better.

See also


  1. James Curtis, Spencer Tracy: A Biography, Alfred Knopf, 2011 p720
  2. 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1956', Variety Weekly, January 2, 1957

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