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Writers:
W.L. River (screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 April 1942 (Portugal) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The unforgettable story of the woman behind the men who built an empire. See more »
Plot:
A 100-year-old pioneer woman tells her story in flashbacks. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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NewsDesk:
Dan Callahan's "Barbara Stanwyck: The Miracle Woman"
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Cast

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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)
Tex Cooper ... Wagon Train Man (uncredited)
Fern Emmett ... City Editor's Secretary (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Politician on Dais (uncredited)
G.P. Huntley ... Quentin (uncredited)

George Irving ... Dr. Adams (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)
Eleanor Stewart ... Miss Frisbee (uncredited)
Theodore von Eltz ... Hank Allen (uncredited)
Charles Williams ... Assayer (uncredited)
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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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Runtime:
90 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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Trivia:
Hannah's age at the end of the film has been variously reported as 107 and 109.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Steely Edwards:Turn your thousand into a million; you can't lose without tryin'. It's all in the cards. Three-card monte, gentlemen. I want your money. The game's crooked, the cards are fixed, you can't win.See more »
Soundtrack:
Unfinished SymphonySee more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
This film needs defending, 20 May 2012
Author: SHAWFAN from United States

Such undeserved condescension on the part of most of your reviewers! I thought it was an absorbing romantic drama in which Stanwyck was at her very best. As she turned from youthful sparkly-eyed amused flirt in her first scenes with McCrea into the mature more gray-haired woman seriously urging him to do his political best for those whom he represented, her virtuosity as an actress of transformations came greatly to the fore. It was a pleasure to respond to her in her various moods of youthful love, a stunned mother's loss of her two babies, her vigorous denunciation of her father in his unconscionable request of her, and finally the resignation of old age in which she at last destroys the long-lived marriage certificate she's been carrying around through most of the story.

McCrea was also very good, especially in the scene in which he confesses himself guilty of the same kind of corruption so rife in the American West at that railroad-building time.

The story seemed to echo the true events of The Ballad of Baby Doe (opera) in its background of silver mining and marital troubles; and it certainly resembled Edna Ferber-Abby Mann's Cimarron in retelling the story of a marriage in which the husband spends years on the road away from his wife.

The 19th-century flooding in Sacramento was certainly up to date given the similar events happening in that city in our own times as well.

A great movie. Pay no attention to those detractors.

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