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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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JUMP INTO YOUR BOOTS AND SADDLES...IT'S ROUND-UP TIME IN THE WILD AND WOOLY WEST! See more »


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6 December 1940 (USA)  »

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Los hermanos Marx en el Oeste  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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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

S. Quentin Quale: I ask you, who swindled you out of Manhattan Island for $24?
Joseph Panello: White man.
S. Quentin Quale: Who turned you into wood and stood you in front of a cigar store?
Joseph Panello: White man.
S. Quentin Quale: Who put your head on a nickel and then took the nickel away?
Joseph Panello: Slot machine.
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From the Land of the Sky-Blue Water
(1909)
Music by Charles Wakefield Cadman
Performed by Harpo Marx (uncredited) on a harp disguised as a loom, and the unidentified Indian Chief
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GO WEST (1940) ***
10 October 2004 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Patchy but still fairly enjoyable Marx Bros. vehicle. Their unique brand of comedy adapts reasonably well to the Western format though, at the end of the day, a lot more could have been done with this situation; the film suffers in comparison with their 'classic' stuff, but even more so when measured against other comics' brush with the genre – particularly two ambitious Buster Keaton masterworks, OUR HOSPITALITY (1923) and THE GENERAL (1927), and Laurel & Hardy's (more straightforward but) equally delightful and inspired WAY OUT WEST (1937)!

That said, a number of scenes here deliver the goods: the ticket-office sketch at the beginning, the stagecoach ride, the robbery of the safe and, of course, the climactic train 'wreck; on the debit side: the songs in this one are particularly negligible.

My verdict, therefore, is that GO WEST is a worthwhile comedy but a lesser Marx Bros. film.


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