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Go West (1940)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Western | 6 December 1940 (USA)
The Marx Brothers come to the rescue in the Wild West when a young man, trying to settle an old family feud so he can marry the girl he loves, runs afoul of crooks.

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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 Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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The Looniest, Tuniest Musical Gag-And-Gal Show Since "A Night At The Opera" See more »


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6 December 1940 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The name of Groucho Marx's character, "S. Quentin Quale", caused a stir when the film was first released due to the subtle but clear joke: the use of the term "San Quentin quail", which means "jail bait". See more »

Goofs

After Terry rides in to see Eve, we see his horse's rein tighten as an offscreen crew member starts to lead it away. See more »

Quotes

[Indicating a gag around the train engineer's mouth]
S. Quentin Quale: Didya know this is the best gag in the picture?
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Referenced in House of 1000 Corpses (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh! Susanna
(1848) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Played often in the score
Sung also by Groucho Marx and others
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"There's something corrupt going around my pants and I just can't seem to locate it."
19 September 2004 | by (Florida, New York) – See all my reviews

Dead Man's Gulch is the locale for this Marx Brothers western spoof, and whoever holds the deed to the town at the end of the show is a rich man. As you can imagine, the deed itself is up for grabs, and changes hands any number of times before the grand finale. Groucho is S. Quentin Quale, in turn hoodwinked and aided by brothers Joe and Rusty Panello (Chico and Harpo). As usual, Groucho woos the ladies - "Lulubelle, it's you, I didn't recognize you standing up"!. Harpo is also in fine form, playing harmonica on horseback, and serenading an Indian camp with a makeshift harp. The frenetic pace is just enough to keep you off kilter and entertained at the same time. It's all silly fun of course, and by the time the film ends, the outcome of the deed doesn't even matter. So head on over to the Crystal Palace, and "Go West".


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