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Westward the Women (1951)

Not Rated | | Western, Drama | 31 December 1951 (USA)
A trail guide escorts a group of women from Chicago to California to marry men that have recently began settling there.

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Patience Hawley
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Roy E. Whitman
Julie Bishop ...
Laurie Smith
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Henry Nakamura ...
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Beverly Dennis ...
Rose Meyers
Renata Vanni ...
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In a time when "The West" pretty much ends in Texas and only California is slowly being populated by the white men, there's a severe lack of women among the workers on Roy Whitman's farm in the California Valley. So he goes back east to Chicago to recruit 150 women willing to become wives for his employees. From the candidates he selects 138 who seem able to survive a months long journey across "The Great American Desert" and the Rocky Mountains. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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31 December 1951 (USA)  »

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Pioneer Women  »

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$2,203,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

MGM produced a promotional short for this movie, Challenge the Wilderness (1951). See more »

Goofs

In the movie, which was supposed to be set in 1851, Buck is using, what appears to be, a Colt 45 Peacemaker. Only problem is, this type of revolver was not invented until the 1870's. See more »

Quotes

Patience Hawley: [to the awaiting bridegrooms] You can look us over, but don't think you're going to do the choosing! All the way from Independence, I've been staring at two things: one was this picture and the other was the rump of a mule... and don't ask me which was prettier!
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The MGM lion, instead of roaring, is frozen in place. See more »

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Referenced in Challenge the Wilderness (1951) See more »

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To The West! To The West!
By Henry Russell
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One of the best westerns made!
17 December 2003 | by (Euless, Texas) – See all my reviews

This western is gritty and realistic, and does not spare the audience from the grim facts of an overland trek from St. Louis to California with a wagon train of women (the "weaker" sex, right?

As far as I know, this movie has no rival in its subject matter, and the stars are magnificent. You will laugh and you will cry, but most of all, you will come away with a deep admiration of those hearty pioneers and especially those wonderful women. I have the video in my library!


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