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Release Date:
26 February 1942 (Mexico) See more »
The unforgettable story of the woman behind the men who built an empire. See more »
A 100-year-old pioneer woman tells her story in flashbacks. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Dan Callahan's "Barbara Stanwyck: The Miracle Woman"
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Barbara Stanwyck ... Hannah Sempler Hoyt

Joel McCrea ... Ethan Hoyt

Brian Donlevy ... Steely Edwards
K.T. Stevens ... Girl Biographer (as Katharine Stevens)
Thurston Hall ... Mr. Sempler
Lloyd Corrigan ... Mr. Cadwallader
Etta McDaniel ... Delilah
Frank M. Thomas ... Frisbee
William B. Davidson ... Sen. Knobs
Lillian Yarbo ... Mandy
Helen Lynd ... Bettina
Mary Treen ... Persis
Lucien Littlefield ... City Editor

John Hamilton ... Sen. Grant
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ... Pogey
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Irving Bacon ... Parson (uncredited)
Hank Bell ... Man #1, Hoyt City (uncredited)
Monte Blue ... Man #2, Hoyt City (uncredited)
Horace B. Carpenter ... Man in Saloon (uncredited)
George Chandler ... Forbes (uncredited)
David Clyde ... Bartender (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ... Spectator at Dedication (uncredited)
Tex Cooper ... Wagon Train Man (uncredited)
Tex Driscoll ... Wagon Train Member (uncredited)
Fern Emmett ... City Editor's Secretary (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Politician on Dais (uncredited)
G.P. Huntley ... Quentin (uncredited)

George Irving ... Dr. Adams (uncredited)
Jack Kenny ... Man in Saloon (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw ... Man in Saloon (uncredited)

Charles Lane ... Pierce (uncredited)
Larry Lawson ... Man #3, Hoyt City (uncredited)
Buck Mack ... Bartender (uncredited)
Lee Moore ... Gambler (uncredited)
Ottola Nesmith ... Mrs. Frisbee (uncredited)

Anna Q. Nilsson ... Paula Wales (uncredited)
Damian O'Flynn ... Burns (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Officer Murphy (uncredited)
Milton Parsons ... Foreman (uncredited)
Bob Perry ... Miner (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Chairman (uncredited)
Tex Phelps ... Townsman (uncredited)
John Roy ... Man in Saloon (uncredited)
Eleanor Stewart ... Miss Frisbee (uncredited)
Dorothy Vernon ... Spectator at Dedication (uncredited)
Theodore von Eltz ... Hank Allen (uncredited)
Charles Williams ... Assayer (uncredited)

Directed by
William A. Wellman 
Writing credits
W.L. River (screenplay)

Adela Rogers St. Johns (original story) &
Seena Owen (original story)

Viña Delmar (short story)

Clements Ripley  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
William A. Wellman .... producer
Buddy G. DeSylva .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Victor Young 
Cinematography by
William C. Mellor 
Film Editing by
Thomas Scott 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
A. Earl Hedrick  (as Earl Hedrick)
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Makeup Department
Robert Ewing .... makeup artist
Wally Westmore .... makeup artist
Charles Gemora .... special makeup (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph C. Youngerman .... assistant director (as Joseph Youngerman)
Clem Jones .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Jack Colconda .... props (uncredited)
Bertram C. Granger .... interior decorator (uncredited)
Joe Keller .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Harry D. Mills .... sound recordist
Walter Oberst .... sound recordist
George Ziegler .... mike grip (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Gordon Jennings .... special photographic effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Don English .... still photographer (uncredited)
Roy Roberts .... gaffer (uncredited)
Darrell Turnmire .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Teet Carle .... publicist (uncredited)
Herbert Coleman .... script clerk (uncredited)
Sidney Street .... business manager (uncredited)
Waldo Twitchell .... historical researcher (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Did You Know?

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 28, 1943 with Barbara Stanwyck reprising her film role.See more »
Continuity: When the Hoyts stand at the sight of their future city, they're at the foot of a hill, but moments later they're on top of a hill.See more »
[last lines]
Hannah Sempler:[said to statue] Forever, Ethan. No one can change it... forever.
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5 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
What were these A-listers thinking?!??, 9 September 2010
Author: eebyo from Charm City

This is a mess of a movie that, frankly, should not have been made, especially not by a pro's pro like Wellman, not even as a favor to the dependably phenomenal Miss Stanwyck. Italian grand opera has never featured a plot gone this far off the rails. Nor are any of opera's leading saints or scoundrels accorded the admiration plainly directed at the leads in this film, who show less common sense, valor, or candor than Wile E. Coyote brings to a bad day on the mesa.

I won't spoil this turkey for intrepid or optimistic viewers, but I will note that the story nods (so quickly you might miss it) to an entire off-screen family whose existence, if contemplated for more than 10 seconds by any character, would've given some interesting version of this film a problem and points of view worth watching.

"Reefer Madness" handled continuity better than this. Many of the lavish costumes are out of place on relatively bare sets. Joel McCrea's mustache, for heaven's sake, looks like it's about to slip off his handsome face through many scenes!

Turner Classic, bless them, just showed this, earning my continued thanks for gallantly refusing to do my quality control for me.

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