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The Girl of the Golden West (1938)

Passed  -  Musical | Romance | Western  -  18 March 1938 (USA)
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Mary Robbins is a moderately educated, beautiful, young woman who owns the saloon called "The Poker". She is the only woman in the town of Couldee-making her the fancy of all the men there,... See full summary »

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Mary Robbins
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Ramirez / Lieutenant Johnson
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Jack Rance
Leo Carrillo ...
'Mosquito'
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'Alabama'
Leonard Penn ...
Pedro
Priscilla Lawson ...
Nina Martinez
Bob Murphy ...
Olin Howland ...
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Minstrel Joe
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Nick
Brandon Tynan ...
The Professor
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Father Sienna
Monty Woolley ...
Governor
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Uncle Davy
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Mary Robbins is a moderately educated, beautiful, young woman who owns the saloon called "The Poker". She is the only woman in the town of Couldee-making her the fancy of all the men there, especially to Sheriff Jack Rance. On the way to Monterey to sing at a mass officiated by Father Sienna, her stagecoach is held up by the infamous masked bandit, Ramerez. He too takes a fancy to Mary, and decides to secretly follow her, taking on the identity of an officer named, Lieutenant Johnson. While in Monterey, he dances, sings and courts Mary, who has now fallen in love with him. He then has to make a quick getaway. In the mean-time, Sheriff Jack has set up a trap to catch Ramerez at "The Poker". When Ramerez does arrive he soon discovers that Mary is the owner, and quickly changes to the identity of Lieutenant Johnson. How long can this sherade last? Written by Kelly

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sheriff | saloon | california | gold | bandit | See more »

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Golden hills, voices and melodies! See more »


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18 March 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La belle cabaretière  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Sepiatone)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

David Belasco's play originally opened in New York on 14 November 1905. See more »

Quotes

Ramerez: I hope I'll see you again sometime. Yeah?
Mary Robbins: I hope I'll see you again sometime too. Dangling on the end of a rope!
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Jeanette MacDonald (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Who Are We To Say
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Sigmund Romberg
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by Nelson Eddy
Hummed by Jeanette MacDonald
Reprised on piano by Brandon Tynan and sung by Jeanette MacDonald
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Serious Operetta
2 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

I am writing this review after my second viewing of this movie. After my first viewing, I thought it was trash but with time and a sequestered absence, my opinion has changed and I think it is the second best of the Nelson Eddy/ Jeanette Macdonald behind only the incomparable The Naughty Marietta. For one, Nelson Eddy had learned to act, not well but okay. Jeanette gives her best performance in this movie, and that accent is impeccable. The story is good with a lot of serious dramatic scenes including a scene at a log cabin that lasts close to twenty minutes and does not drag. You could cut the music out of this movie and it would still play like a romantic drama. Most of the singing is solid as Eddy was one of the great voices of the 20th Century. Walter Pidgeon as the spurned lover does his thang and Buddy Ebsen in a supporting role of a hick walks away with the whole picture. The basic plot of the Puccini opera is retained if not mangled and Belasco's play forms the basis for this movie. All in all, suprisingly low key in style but effective at heart.


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