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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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(5 articles)
Alamo Spotlights Women in Westerns
 (From Slackerwood. 31 July 2013, 11:00 AM, PDT)

Denise Darcel obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 13 January 2012, 8:54 AM, PST)

Daily Briefing. Film Comment, Jan/Feb 2012
 (From MUBI. 10 January 2012, 3:42 AM, PST)

User Reviews:
Blood ,sweat and tears. See more (36 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)
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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)
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Additional Details

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

Trivia:
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 29, 1952 with Robert Taylor reprising his film role.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: A couple of the dead women are still seen breathing heavily after the second Indian attack.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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43 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Blood ,sweat and tears., 4 March 2004
Author: dbdumonteil

This is a William Wellmann's tour de force!In spite of the conventional macho Taylor,everything rings true ,this film has a smell of authenticity¨.Performances are so good (all the actors and mainly actresses) and nobody overacts .Sometimes it looks like a Russian movie,where the masses are the main hero.The fact that outside of English,THREE other languages are used (Italian,French and Japanese) shows Wellmann's respect for his audience.It's something to hear Denise Darcel sing "auprès de ma blonde " -a song from the seventeenth century- in the middle of the desert !

Some sequences are absolutely admirable ,I will mention three of them:

-the "recruitment" , the two women who hit the bull's-eyes (here a sheriff's eyes on a poster),the Italian family who registers without knowing what terrible fate lies in store for them (if they made a remake,I wonder what the politically correct world of 2004 would make of the little boy)

-After the attack,the women ,like in an army tell all the names of the dead.An echo adds to the poignancy of the situation.

-And last but not least,the survivors,who are still women,show their coquetterie and demand new clothes to meet their men.

Actually,it's the whole film which is in turn tragic,funny ,poetic,and wonderful.The gauche attitude of the men when they meet their future wives is a delight.

SPOILER:The key to the film is the birth of a child ,under the blistering sun of the desert;after the awful death of the little Italian boy,it gives hope back to the women and (to the audience).It' s the promise for them all that new children will soon be born and carry on their mammoth task.

A Russian western describes this remarkable work.

NB:Although French,Denise Darcel never made a movie in her native country.

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