The titular river unites a farmer recently released from prison, his young son, and an ambitious saloon singer. In order to survive, each must be purged of anger, and each must learn to understand and care for the others.
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>
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 »
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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