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

Goofs

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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To The West! To The West!
By Henry Russell
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Worth waiting for!
15 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Growing up in the age of having to wait perhaps a year or more before a movie would be shown again on television, my sister and I were always very happy and excited to see "Westward the Women" on the TV schedule. This movie has it all: lots of stock characters, but those characters feel like real people and not one-dimensional figures. Robert Taylor's character does NOT want to lead a women-only wagon train across the west (after all, who will dig the wagon out of the mud?) and does so very grudgingly. Comedy and tragedy ensue, of course, with the women facing all sorts of obstacles. As little girls, we loved and were amazed by this film: as another reviewer rightly points out, it's a great movie about strong capable women.


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