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Writers:
Charles Schnee (screenplay)
Frank Capra (story)
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Release Date:
31 December 1951 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The BIG M-G-M Spectacle!
Plot:
A trail guide escorts a group of women from Chicago to California to marry men that have recently began settling there. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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(7 articles)
User Reviews:
One of my all-time favorites See more (35 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Taylor ... Buck Wyatt

Denise Darcel ... Fifi Danon
Hope Emerson ... Patience Hawley

John McIntire ... Roy E. Whitman
Julie Bishop ... Laurie Smith
Lenore Lonergan ... Maggie O'Malley
Henry Nakamura ... Ito
Marilyn Erskine ... Jean Johnson
Beverly Dennis ... Rose Meyers
Renata Vanni ... Mrs. Moroni
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ted Adams ... Bartender (uncredited)
Claire Andre ... Pioneer Woman (uncredited)
Raymond Bond ... Preacher (uncredited)
Polly Burson ... Pioneer Woman (uncredited)
Archie Butler ... Outrider (uncredited)
Claire Carleton ... Flashy Woman (uncredited)
Bill Cartledge ... Outrider (uncredited)
Mary Casiday ... Pioneer Woman (uncredited)
John L. Cason ... Margaret's Awaiting Groom (uncredited)
George Chandler ... Mackeral Face, Awaiting Groom (uncredited)
Doris Cole ... Pioneer Woman (uncredited)
Mikel Conrad ... Rose's Man (uncredited)
Pat Conway ... Sid Cutler (uncredited)
Gene Coogan ... Outrider (uncredited)
Bruce Cowling ... The Cat (uncredited)

Frankie Darro ... Jean's Awaiting Groom (uncredited)
Michael Dugan ... Outrider (uncredited)
Opal Ernie ... Pioneer Woman (uncredited)
Evelyn Finley ... Pioneer Woman (uncredited)
Cornelia Flores ... Pioneer Woman (uncredited)
Patrick Ford ... Outrider (uncredited)
Clem Fuller ... Outrider (uncredited)
Maxine Garret ... Pioneer Woman (uncredited)
Marilyn Gladstone ... Pioneer Woman (uncredited)
Dorothy Granger ... Rejected Woman (uncredited)
Tom Greenway ... Bart, Rejected Wrangler (uncredited)
Karen Hale ... Pioneer Woman (uncredited)
Donna Hall ... Pioneer Woman (uncredited)
Edith Happy ... Pioneer Woman (uncredited)
Earle Hodgins ... Drunk (uncredited)
Mary Alan Hokanson ... Cora (uncredited)
Don House ... Outrider (uncredited)
Lucille House ... Pioneer Woman (uncredited)

Roy Jenson ... (uncredited)
Tennessee Jim ... Second Man (uncredited)
Chubby Johnson ... Jim Stacey, Awaiting Groom (uncredited)

I. Stanford Jolley ... Gambler (uncredited)
Eddie Juaregui ... Outrider (uncredited)
Bert LeBaron ... Ken - Wagon Train Cowboy (uncredited)
Marilyn Lindsey ... Pioneer Woman (uncredited)
Sharon Lucas ... Pioneer Woman (uncredited)
Shirley Lucas ... Pioneer Woman (uncredited)
Alice Markham ... Pioneer Woman (uncredited)
Guido Martufi ... Antonio Moroni (uncredited)
Frank McGrath ... Outrider (uncredited)
Edith Mills ... Sadie (uncredited)
Tom Monroe ... First Man (uncredited)
Mary Murphy ... Pioneer Woman (uncredited)
Stevie Myers ... Pioneer Woman (uncredited)
Elmer Napier ... Walt (uncredited)
Lou Nova ... Blacksmith (uncredited)
Kathleen O'Malley ... Pioneer Woman (uncredited)
Fiona O'Shiel ... Pioneer Woman (uncredited)
Milicent Patrick ... Flashy Woman (uncredited)
Pat Paul ... Pioneer Woman (uncredited)
Carl Pitti ... Outrider (uncredited)
Ann Roberts ... Pioneer Woman (uncredited)
Gene Roth ... Bartender (uncredited)
Norma Santillo ... Pioneer Woman (uncredited)
Clint Sharp ... Outrider (uncredited)
David Sharpe ... Awaiting Groom (uncredited)
Jody Smith ... Pioneer Woman (uncredited)
Ray Thomas ... Outrider (uncredited)
Joan Valerie ... Flashy Woman (uncredited)
John War Eagle ... Indian Chief (uncredited)
Alice Wills ... Pioneer Woman (uncredited)
Henry Wills ... Outrider (uncredited)
Carey Wilson ... Trailer Narrator (uncredited) (voice)
Terry Wilson ... Lon (uncredited)
Zacharias Yaconelli ... Mrs. Moroni's Man (uncredited)
Norma Young ... Pioneer Woman (uncredited)

Directed by
William A. Wellman 
 
Writing credits
Charles Schnee (screenplay)

Frank Capra (story)

Produced by
Dore Schary .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jeff Alexander (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
William C. Mellor (director of photography) (as William Mellor)
 
Film Editing by
James E. Newcom 
 
Art Direction by
Daniel B. Cathcart 
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Ralph S. Hurst 
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett 
 
Production Management
Ruby Rosenberg .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Al Alt .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Ridgeway Callow .... assistant director (uncredited)
Arvid Griffen .... assistant director (uncredited)
Jerry Thorpe .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Matty Azzarone .... construction (uncredited)
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
Conrad Kahn .... sound engineer (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Polly Burson .... stunts (uncredited)
Archie Butler .... stunts (uncredited)
John L. Cason .... stunts (uncredited)
Gene Coogan .... stunts (uncredited)
Frankie Darro .... stunts (uncredited)
Michael Dugan .... stunts (uncredited)
Opal Ernie .... stunts (uncredited)
Evelyn Finley .... stunts (uncredited)
Clem Fuller .... stunts (uncredited)
Donna Hall .... stunts (uncredited)
Jackie Hamblin .... stunt double (uncredited)
Jackie Hamblin .... stunts (uncredited)
Roy Jenson .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Juaregui .... stunts (uncredited)
Bert LeBaron .... stunts (uncredited)
Sharon Lucas .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank McGrath .... stunts (uncredited)
Stevie Myers .... stunts (uncredited)
Carl Pitti .... stunts (uncredited)
Ann Roberts .... stunts (uncredited)
Clint Sharp .... stunts (uncredited)
David Sharpe .... stunts (uncredited)
Barlow Simpson .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
Ray Thomas .... stunts (uncredited)
Henry Wills .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Wilson .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack N. Young .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tommy McCoig .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Rudolph G. Kopp .... additional music arranger (uncredited)
Albert Sendrey .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jim Louck .... technical advisor
John Indrisano .... animal trainer (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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  • Télétota  french subtitles: original version with subtitles (uncredited)

Additional Details

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Runtime:
118 min | West Germany:105 min
Country:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Denise Darcel's French-language dialog includes a few words which prove that no one in the 1950's version of the Hays Office understood French. Some of the terms she used while angry at "Buck Wyatt" would never have gotten past the censors in English.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Challenge the Wilderness (1951)See more »
Soundtrack:
To The West! To The West!See more »

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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
One of my all-time favorites, 14 June 2008
Author: MartianOctocretr5 from Redondo Beach, CA

A brilliant slice of pioneer-era Americana. In no other movie that comes to mind was there such a realistic portrayal of the Old West and its numerous perils than in this faithfully told story of pioneer women crossing the harsh western U.S. wilderness of 1850 from Missouri to California.

The ladies are responding to an ad placed by a leader (on behalf of several other men) in a pioneer settlement out in California for wives. These tenderfoot ladies may be looking for husbands, but there's nothing "weak" about them at all. They not only bravely face the hardships, dangers, and tragedies of the journey, but they soon learn how to handle their own with toughness and grit.

The story unfolds clearly due to a finely structured and developed script. The intertwining stories are well told and well acted. The mostly female cast are all strong, and Robert Taylor as "Buck," the guide and leader of the wagon train seems to enjoy the task of having dozens of female leads surrounding him. John McIntyre as the patriarchal Mr. Whitman (who hires Buck) is good, while Buck's friend, confidant, and comic-relief guy Ito is also a well-rounded character.

The ending is one of the most heartwarming ever in a western; this is the kind of movie that can be watched over and over again.

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