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Cimarron (1931)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Western  |  9 February 1931 (USA)
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A newspaper editor settles in an Oklahoma boom town with his reluctant wife at the end of the nineteenth century.

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William Collier Jr. ...
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Stanley Fields ...
Robert McWade ...
Louis Hefner
Edna May Oliver ...
Mrs. Tracy Wyatt
Judith Barrett ...
Donna Cravat (as Nancy Dover)
Eugene Jackson ...
Isaiah
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When the government opens up the Oklahoma territory for settlement, restless Yancey Cravat claims a plot of the free land for himself and moves his family there from Wichita. A newspaperman, lawyer, and just about everything else, Cravat soon becomes a leading citizen of the boom town of Osage. Once the town is established, however, he begins to feel confined once again, and heads for the Cherokee Strip, leaving his family behind. During this and other absences, his wife Sabra must learn to take care of herself and soon becomes prominent in her own right. Written by George S. Davis <mgeorges@prodigy.net>

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$1,433,000 (estimated)
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One of the duller Best Picture winners
16 February 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Not the worst(Crash), but to be honest I found Cimarron rather dull. It pained me to say that as I am a fan of film, old and new, good and bad. It is lavishly photographed and the scenery is beautiful, Irene Dunne is good and Max Steiner's music is rousing and dramatic.

However, some parts have dated quite badly, particularly the one with the gospel meeting. The dialogue is mostly poor and heavy handed, while the story is bloated and has lots of unfocused scenes that could have been excised. The characters are clichéd,- not always a bad thing unless the component is poorly explored or acted out, which was the case with Cimarron- the film is much too long, the direction is flat and the pace drags on and on. The acting didn't do much for me either, Dunne was good though, but Richard Drix overacts and comes across as embarrassingly pompous.

Overall, a dull film, albeit with some good points and worth seeing for historical interest, and one of my least favourite Best Picture winners. 4/10 Bethany Cox


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