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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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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

Quentin claims he's met Grigory Rasputin (1869-1916). The film is set in 1870, when Rasputin was only a year old. This is not presented as an anachronism for the sake of a gag like the Don Ameche/The Story of Alexander Graham Bell business. See more »

Quotes

Joseph Panello: Rusty, I no like-a the West. All-a the people do is kill each other. I like-a the West better if it was in the East. Let's get outta here.
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Connections

Featured in 100 Years of the Hollywood Western (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Ridin' the Range
(1940)
Music by Roger Edens
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by John Carroll (uncredited), Groucho Marx (uncredited), Chico Marx (uncredited),
with Harpo Marx (uncredited) on harmonica
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Lesser Marx Brothers, perhaps, but there's no shame in that
29 December 2001 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

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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