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Embezzler, shill, all around confidence man S. Quentin Quale is heading west to find his fortune; he meets the crafty but simple brothers Joseph and Rusty Panello in a train station, where they steal all his money. They're heading west, too, because they've heard you can just pick the gold off the ground. Once there, they befriend an old miner named Dan Wilson whose property, Dead Man's Gulch, has no gold. They loan him their last ten dollars so he can go start life anew, and for collateral, he gives them the deed to the Gulch. Unbeknownst to Wilson, the son of his longtime rival, Terry Turner (who's also in love with his daughter, Eva), has contacted the railroad to arrange for them to build through the land, making the old man rich and hopefully resolving the feud. But the evil Red Baxter, owner of a saloon, tricks the boys out of the deed, and it's up to them - as well as Quale, who naturally finds his way out west anyway - to save the day. Written by
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The film opens with Horace Greeley's famous quotation, "Go West, Young Man, go west". In actuality, the words were spoken by John Soulé; Greeley spent the rest of his life disavowing it them. See more »
When Harpo Marx is told to get water to put out the train's engine, he is seen filling up a bucket from a small tank marked "water" and partially covered by luggage. This tank, however, was part of the baggage car that had been uncoupled from the train in an earlier scene. See more »
Lesser Marx Brothers, perhaps, but there's no shame in that
Go West is a solid effort, with its share of funny jokes. There's a good song, which isn't common in the Marx Brothers films, and both the piano and harp numbers are good. The movie slows down big time nearer the end, although some of the train sequence is surreal, especially when it runs into a house. 7/10.
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