Three Faces West (1940)

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Viennese surgeon Dr. Braun and his daughter Leni come to a small town in North Dakota as refugees from Hitler. When the winds of the Dust Bowl threaten the town, John Phillips leads the ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Dr. Karl Braun
Spencer Charters ...
Dr. 'Nunk' Atterbury
Helen MacKellar ...
Mrs. Welles
Dr. Eric Von Scherer
Sonny Bupp ...
Billy Welles
Wade Boteler ...
Mr. Harris, Department of Agriculture Official
Clem Higgins
Russell Simpson ...
Charles Waldron ...
Dr. William Thorpe
Wendell Niles ...
Man-on-the-Street Radio Announcer


Viennese surgeon Dr. Braun and his daughter Leni come to a small town in North Dakota as refugees from Hitler. When the winds of the Dust Bowl threaten the town, John Phillips leads the townsfolk in moving to greener pastures in Oregon. He falls for Leni, but she is betrothed to the man who helped her and her father escape from the Third Reich. She must make a decision between the two men. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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Release Date:

3 July 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Caminho do Ocidente  »

Box Office


$100,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA "High Fidelity" Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Douglas Evans, shown as the master of ceremonies for the radio show "We The People," was a radio announcer in real life. He worked for KFI (Los Angeles) in the 1930s. See more »


At c.6 minutes Dr Braun and his daughter suddenly switch seats on the train. See more »


Farmer: There ain't no college professor gonna teach me how to farm my land.
John Phillips: How much land you got left that hasn't blown away? Look, men, let's quit arguing and kidding ourselves. We're all in the same boat. And we're all gonna sink unless we stick together. Every one of us has been served with a "dispossess notice," not by Uncle Sam or a bank or some mortgage company, but by a little ol' gal we've been kicking in the teeth, Mother Nature.
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Running from Nazis and Dust
8 December 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is by no means a great movie, but not a terrible movie either. This really is an update of a frontier movie with some good ol' American spirit thrown in. This is basically the story of an Austrian doctor and his daughter who come to America seeking refugee from the Nazi's. Then end up in a small town who have farmed the land to death and who themselves are seeking new land to make their lives. John Wayne does his normal thing as the so called leader of the townsfolk dealing with conflict along the way, and also the inevitable love interest of the doctor's daughter. Plodding and really so much inferior to the similar 'Grapes of Wrath'. Not one for me to be watching again.

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