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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
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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 ...
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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$2,203,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of three known MGM films (along with The Next Voice You Hear... (1950) and Ben-Hur (1959)) where the company's symbol, Leo the Lion, did not roar in the opening credits. (2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) uses the illustrated lion from MGM's record label, not a real lion, and so doesn't count.) See more »

Goofs

At the very end, when the women are riding in the wagons going to meet their husbands, the Italian woman is seen in two different places on the same wagon. 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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One of the best westerns ever.
10 December 2002 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

How this movie got made in 1951 is a miracle. In an age when women were used for decoration and sex objects, Westward the Women is remarkable. It is funny, poignant, historical, and just plain wonderful. The cast is outstanding, especially the women. And, Denise Darcel gives the performance of her career. Hope Emerson almost steals the movie.


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