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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. ...
Roscoe Ates ...
Jesse Rickey (as Rosco Ates)
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Stanley Fields ...
Lon Yountis
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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Release Date:

9 February 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cimarrón  »

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$1,433,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.20 : 1
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According to Anthony Holden's book "Behind the Oscar" (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993), R.K.O. lost $5.5 million (approximately $58 million in 2003 dollars, when factoring in inflation) on the movie despite its winning a Best Picture Academy Award. See more »

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During the period of the film set in 1907, Yancey is the Progressive Party's candidate for governor of Oklahoma. The Progressive Party did not form until 1912, and then disbanded after Theodore Roosevelt's unsuccessful third party candidacy that year. See more »

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Yancy Cravat: Why, it'll be all over the southwest that Yancy Cravat was hiding behind a woman's petticoat!
Sabra Cravat: But you didn't! They can't say so! You shot him there nicely in the ear, darling.
Yancy Cravat: Well, you shouldn't interfere when men are having a little friendly shootin'.
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Catching Up with 1931's Best Picture of the Year Oscar Winner!
13 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Out of sight for decades, Radio Pictures' 1931 Academy Award winner was supposed to be reissued in 1951 after RKO Radio had their extremely successful reissue of KING KONG. It never happened. Not until VHS came along. We finally watched it tonight, and it holds up well.

Covering primarily one man's journey from the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1886 and continuing through the Oklahoma Oil Rush of 1907 and on to 1927 when they had automobiles and streetcars, CIMARRON cuts a wide sweep. The amazing thing to watch is that all the actors and actresses are just like real people and at no time appear like actors speaking dialog over-and-over-till-they-get-it-right. CIMARRON is like a real trip to Oklahoma a hundred years ago.

I recommend this movie as a must-see for classic movie fans; as I dis-recommend the 1960 MGM remake - an awful misfire that was extremely irritating to watch. If you ever saw John Wayne in THE BIG TRAIL you have some idea of the realistic approach to the 1931 CIMARRON.


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