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Westward the Women (1951)

 -  Western | Drama  -  31 December 1951 (USA)
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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
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Laurie Smith
Lenore Lonergan ...
Maggie O'Malley
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Jean Johnson
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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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The BIG M-G-M Spectacle!

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31 December 1951 (USA)  »

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Pioneer Women  »

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Denise Darcel's French-language dialog includes a few words which prove that no one in the 1950's version of the Hays Office understood French. Some of the terms she used while angry at "Buck Wyatt" would never have gotten past the censors in English. See more »

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During a shooting lesson one of the men tells one of the women to "aim low that will make up for the recoil". When shooting a gun the bullet has long left the barrel, before the barrel begins to move in recoil. Aim low and you'll miss low. See more »

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Roy E. Whitman: One man's eye for beauty is another man's eyesore!
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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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A story of a group of pioneer woman going to California in a wagon train, their trials, and tribulations. Their bonding, their endurance and their refusal to give up!
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I have seen this film many times over the years and have always enjoyed it. It is one of my favorite westerns. I think William Wellman was a fine director and in lesser hands than his, this movie would not have fared so well. His respect and admiration for women shines through. It's a valentine to the pioneer women of this country. Acting? The style is from a different time and on the melodramatic side. The male star is Robert Taylor, and by the time he made this movie, he had left the pretty-boy image behind and had become a good actor. Denice Darcel was a french actress popular in the 1950's in American films ( She never made a movie in her own country of France, little bit of trivia there). She gives a bravura performance. The wonderful character actress Hope Emerson is always worth watching. If you run across this on the late show, and take the time to watch it you won't be disappointed; and take note of how Wellman photographs the women against the open skies and harsh backgrounds of the western landscapes.


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