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Writers:
Edna Ferber (novel)
Howard Estabrook (screen version)
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Release Date:
9 February 1931 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
World's Mightiest Show! See more »
Plot:
A newspaper editor settles in an Oklahoma boom town with his reluctant wife at the end of the nineteenth century. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
thoughtful and lavishly produced western See more (59 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Dix ... Yancey Cravat

Irene Dunne ... Sabra Cravat

Estelle Taylor ... Dixie Lee
Nance O'Neil ... Felice Venable
William Collier Jr. ... The Kid
Roscoe Ates ... Jesse Rickey (as Rosco Ates)

George E. Stone ... Sol Levy
Stanley Fields ... Lon Yountis
Robert McWade ... Louis Hefner
Edna May Oliver ... Mrs. Tracy Wyatt
Judith Barrett ... Donna Cravat (as Nancy Dover)
Eugene Jackson ... Isaiah
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Billy Mellman
Alice Adair ... (uncredited)
Max Barwyn ... Sabra's Luncheon Greeter (uncredited)
Frank Beal ... Louis Venable (uncredited)
Tyrone Brereton ... Dabney Venable (uncredited)
Dolores Brown ... Adult Ruby Big Elk (uncredited)
Frederick Burt ... (uncredited)
William P. Burt ... (uncredited)
Lois Jane Campbell ... Felice Venable, Jr. (uncredited)
Nino Cochise ... (uncredited)
Heinie Conklin ... (uncredited)
Nell Craig ... Arminta Greenwood (uncredited)
Frank Darien ... Mr. Bixby (uncredited)
Kay Deslys ... (uncredited)
Don Dillaway ... Adult Cim (uncredited)
William Elmer ... (uncredited)
Edith Fellows ... (uncredited)
Mildred Frizelle ... (uncredited)
Barney Furey ... (uncredited)
Otto Hoffman ... Murch Rankin (uncredited)
Harry Holden ... (uncredited)
Clara Hunt ... Indian Girl (uncredited)
William Janney ... Man Phoning Ambulance (uncredited)
Junior Johnson ... Child Cim (uncredited)
Bob Kortman ... Killer (uncredited)
Frank Lackteen ... Man Warning Yountis (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw ... (uncredited)
Lillian Lane ... Bella (uncredited)
Ann Lee ... Aunt Cassandra (uncredited)
Jack Leonard ... (uncredited)
Walter P. Lewis ... (uncredited)
George Lollier ... (uncredited)
Timothy J. Lonergan ... (uncredited)
Robert McKenzie ... Pat Leary (uncredited)
Marion Mirsch ... (uncredited)
Dennis O'Keefe ... (uncredited)
William Orlamond ... Grat Gotch (uncredited)
Helen Parrish ... Young Donna (uncredited)
Dorothy Raye ... (uncredited)
Henry Roquemore ... Jouett Goforth (uncredited)
Apache Bill Russell ... (uncredited)
Douglas Scott ... Toddler Cim (uncredited)
Reginald Scott ... Yancey Jr. (uncredited)
Dorothy Simms ... (uncredited)
Carl Stockdale ... (uncredited)
Reggie Streeter ... Yancey Jr (uncredited)
Helen Trask ... (uncredited)
Gloria Vonic ... Young Ruby Big Elk (uncredited)
Ford West ... (uncredited)
Lillian West ... (uncredited)
Leo Willis ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Wesley Ruggles (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Edna Ferber (novel)

Howard Estabrook (screen version)

Howard Estabrook (dialogue)

Louis Sarecky  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
William LeBaron .... producer
Wesley Ruggles .... producer
Louis Sarecky .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Edward Cronjager (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
William Hamilton 
 
Costume Design by
Max Rée 
 
Makeup Department
Ern Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Doran Cox .... assistant director (uncredited)
B. Reeves Eason .... second unit director (uncredited)
F.D. Langton .... assistant director (uncredited)
Dewey Starkey .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Max Rée .... scenery
Sidney Ullman .... assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Clem Portman .... sound recordist
Ralph Spotts .... assistant recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Lloyd Knechtel .... special effects
 
Stunts
Bob Burns .... trick rider (uncredited)
Rex Cole .... trick rider (uncredited)
Ken Cooper .... trick rider (uncredited)
Lee Cooper .... trick rider (uncredited)
Bob Erickson .... trick rider (uncredited)
'Shorty' Hall .... trick rider (uncredited)
Pete Janet .... trick rider (uncredited)
Charles Johnson .... trick rider (uncredited)
Buff Jones .... trick rider (uncredited)
Gordon Jones .... trick rider (uncredited)
Bud Pope .... trick rider (uncredited)
Hank Potts .... trick rider (uncredited)
Walt Robbins .... trick rider (uncredited)
Whitten Sovern .... trick rider (uncredited)
Whitehorse .... trick rider (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
E.F. Adams .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Willard Barth .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Neal Beckner .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Guy Bennett .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Otto Benninger .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Fred Bentley .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Joseph F. Biroc .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Osmond Borradaile .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
H. Lyman Broening .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Francis Burgess .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Paul Cable .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Emillo Calori .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Roy Clark .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Rex Curtis .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Dean Dailey .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
James Daly .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
James Lee Davis .... grip (uncredited)
L. De Angelis .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Robert De Grasse .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
George E. Diskant .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Linwood G. Dunn .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Elmer Dyer .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Mack Elliott .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Eddie Garvin .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Pliny Goodfriend .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Jack Grout .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Neal Harbarger .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Ted Hayes .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Bill Heckler .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Edward Henderson .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Fred Hendrickson .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Fred Hendrickson .... still photographer (uncredited)
Russell Hoover .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Newton Hopcraft .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Harry Jackson .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
William S. Johnson .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Maurice E. Kains .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Harry Kaufman .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Edward Kearns .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
James V. King .... assistant camera (uncredited)
James V. King .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Edward A. Kull .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Jack Landrigan .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Joseph LaShelle .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Fred Mayer .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Earl Metz .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Nicholas Musuraca .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Joe Novak .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Robert Pittack .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Eddie Pyle .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Frank Redman .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
William Schuck .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Lester Shorr .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Al Smalley .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
John Thompson .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Rod Tolmie .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Edward Ullman .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Harry L. Underwood .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Joseph Walters .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Harold E. Wellman .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Ben White .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Harry J. Wild .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Rex Wimpy .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
Lothrop B. Worth .... camera crew member: land rush scenes (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Max Steiner .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Hyatt Daab .... general press representative (uncredited)
Harold Hendee .... researcher (uncredited)
Judd Steven .... location meals served by (uncredited)
 
Thanks
A.B. MacDonald .... acknowledgement: from Miss Ferber for certain descriptive passages in 'Hands Up' by
Fred E. Sutton .... acknowledgement: from Miss Ferber for certain descriptive passages in 'Hands Up' by
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
123 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #1029: 2 July 1935 for re-release)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The first Western to win an Oscar and the first Western to win a Best Picture Oscar. It would be another 59 years before a Western would win the Academy Award for Best Picture again when Dances with Wolves (1990) took the main prize.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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 »
Quotes:
[caption at the beginning of the film]
Caption:In 1889, President Harrison opened the vast Indian Oklahoma Lands for white settlement... 2,000,000 acres free for the taking, poor and rich pouring in, swarming across the border, waiting for the starting gun, at noon, April 22nd.
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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
thoughtful and lavishly produced western, 4 July 2008
Author: mukava991 from United States

"Sprawling" is the adjective most often associated with novels and movies-from-novels by Edna Ferber. Her stories span geographical locations, family generations and economic strata, usually with a strong female at the center. In the case of CIMARRON it's the story of how Oklahoma became a state seen through the life of Sabra Cravat (Irene Dunne), demure wife of gun-totin' macho dude Yancey Cravat (Richard Dix). It's a fascinating and not pleasant relationship: He always hankering for another risky adventure and she wanting to settle down and be respectable. He is also politically minded, a fighter for the underdog, defender of the prostitute ("victim of the social order") and the Indians (robbed of their land and cheated thereafter), dispenser of frontier justice against the bad guys (but only when provoked to the limit) and literate to boot (frequently quoting Shakespeare, Milton and the Bible). The film is splendidly produced with well staged action sequences (particularly the opening Oklahoma land rush which puts even DeMille's exodus to the Red Sea to shame) and realistic recreation of a filthy, crowded, violent and anarchic boom town which gradually gentrifies as the decades pass. Interiors are similarly authentic. Wesley Ruggles directs multiple crowd scenes with great mastery. And the whole film is structured in fully realized episodes beginning with a title card and a year (1889 to start, 1930 to finish) and ending with a close up on the character at hand as the screen slowly fades to black. The Dix character is heroic in the old style and though many modern viewers find his acting preposterous, I disagree. I think he is the perfect actor for the character he is playing. Yes, such a person would definitely be out of place in today's urban world, but so what? We aren't watching a contemporary story anyway. The supporting cast, particularly George E. Stone as a Jewish peddler who is defended against ruffians by Dix, Edna May Oliver as the pushy, judgmental neighbor and Stanley Fields as a grizzled sociopath are my favorites.

Ferber's feelings about intolerance always informed her stories and make us think. Seeing a film like this 78 years after it was made also reminds us that although the US has come a long way, the consciousness that all was not well was firmly operating even back then and available for wide public consumption. CIMARRON works as pure entertainment as well as history; in fact the film and novel themselves are now history and have been folded into the larger history of this country.

The only problem technically is the soundtrack which has become fuzzy. Maybe a pristine print is lurking around somewhere. And the supporting character of a black house servant played by Eugene Jackson will raise PC hackles from the early scene in which he is perched on a platform above the family dinner table fanning the white employers with bird feathers through one degrading interaction after another with whites. But this film was made in the age when most black actors (and black people) played servile or childlike roles, so it is not a surprise to see the practice here.

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