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Go West (1940)

Passed  -  Comedy | Musical | Western  -  6 December 1940 (USA)
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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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cowboy | stagecoach | gold | deed | train | See All (21) »

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Rip-Roaring With Laughs, Girls, Songs! See more »


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6 December 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Botrány a vadnyugaton  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia

The film opens with Horace Greely's famous quotation: "Go West, Young Man, go west." (Actually spoken by John Soulé; Greeley spent the rest of his life disavowing it.) See more »

Goofs

The train that the Marx brothers are driving is a locomotive of a 2-8-0 wheel arrangement. However, when the train runs off the track, the locomotive is portrayed by a 2 truck Climax type engine of a 0-4-4-0 arrangement. Then, the train reverts to the 2-8-0 once it returns to the tracks. See more »

Quotes

Joseph Panello: My father-a shot the Indians in eighteen forty-two
S. Quentin Quale: Oh, he should-a shot the stork-a, when the stork-a brought-a you.
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Featured in 100 Years of Comedy (1997) 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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Even though "lesser", I like it "more-er"
9 August 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I have a real soft spot for "Go West". It's a little less frantic, has a

mellow vibe and it's obvious they enjoyed making it. I liked the

songs and many of the sequences, particularly the "outfitter" and

also the train sequence which is such a metaphor for modern life

(they are in such a hurry to "get there" that they totally destroy and

burn the entire contents and structure of the train so when they

arrive at their destination there is nothing left but skeletal

wreckage). This alone is worth any other disappointments the film

may hold for you. I would say, don't skip over this one. And, to get

to the required 10 lines, I will say it again: don't skip over this one.

LOL


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