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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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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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$2,203,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Film debut of Pat Conway. 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 »

Quotes

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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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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My only problem with this movie is ...
22 September 2003 | by (New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

that it isn't out on DVD yet! I'd buy this movie in an instant, but knowing that I would watch it over and over again, the tape would soon wear out. So I am hopefully waiting for it to come out on DVD.

This movie is great! It's funny. It's touching. It's warm. It's violent. It's campy. It's everything you'd expect from the time period it was made in except for its portrayal of so many strong women. But my guess is that the women who made those journeys were in fact very strong in character.

In any case, I highly recommend it. It's a genuine "feel good" movie, even though it is riddled with many sad and turbulent scenes.


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