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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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Fifi Danon
Hope Emerson ...
Patience Hawley
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Roy E. Whitman
Julie Bishop ...
Laurie Smith
Lenore Lonergan ...
Maggie O'Malley
Henry Nakamura ...
Ito
Marilyn Erskine ...
Beverly Dennis ...
Rose Meyers
Renata Vanni ...
Mrs. Moroni
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Storyline

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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Western | Drama

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31 December 1951 (USA)  »

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Pioneer Women  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to his autobiography, Frank Capra had planned to direct the film himself and cast Gary Cooper in the lead, but later sold his story to his neighbor, director William A. Wellman. See more »

Goofs

All the rifles used in the film are single shot, M1867 Remington Rolling Blocks. As the model number suggests, they hadn't been invented until 16 years AFTER the the year (1851) the film portrays. All Pistols used are the Colt SAA 1873 (Single Action Army) in various barrel lengths (4.5" - 6.5"). The only pistols available at that time were single shot percussion (cap & ball) and Colt percussion revolvers such as the Colt 1851 Navy. See more »

Quotes

Fifi Danon: [to Buck Wyatt] Do you ever... shave?
[he walks away from her]
Fifi Danon: You always look so dirty!
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Crazy Credits

The MGM lion, instead of roaring, is frozen in place. See more »

Connections

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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Not Just Another Pretty Face!
3 June 2001 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Robert Taylor spent many years trying to overcome the "pretty boy" image of his early years in Hollywood. He yearned for the meatier tough guy roles and he loved the Western genre. He also had a flair for comedy that was not utilized (or recognized) enough in his career.

Westward The Women is a special film because of the incredible cast of female character actresses that populate it. I couldn't even speculate on the names of most of these delightful women but they are some of the more instantly recognizable faces that we never seem to be able to put a name to.

Each time I watch this film, the last "scene" (so to speak) is like the dessert at the end of a good meal. I eagerly anticipate it but control myself long enough to enjoy the movie. I have seen this movie countless times and seem never to tire of it. I hope others find this movie as special as I have over the last forty years.


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