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Westward the Women (1951)

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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
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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The BIG M-G-M Spectacle!

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31 December 1951 (USA)  »

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Pioneer Women  »

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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 29, 1952 with Robert Taylor reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

Laurie is seen grabbing a couple of the women's arms after they remove her dead body out of the wagon during the thunderstorm. See more »

Quotes

Buck Wyatt: [to Patience, as she sits with the unconscious Mrs. Maroni] Talk to her, Patience.
Patience Hawley: Thanks... what'll I use for language?
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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!
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remarkable for its time
20 February 2001 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

This film has a lot of aspects that are quite refreshing and remarkable considering when it was made. The main supporting role is a Japanese cowboy! His character is not a typical stereotype either. Though he is comic relief, he is also given a role as a wise friend to Taylor's character. The unglamourous but brave and capable women in this film are also a nice surprise. They shoot, ride, lift and pull and do all the jobs usually done by men on this trip without complaint. One of the most touching scenes is right after an Indian raid as the women call out the names of the dead and the camera pans down to their lifeless bodies. It's a simple and unsentimental memorial to the sacrifices made.


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