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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:
"I'll Make Men of Them Before I'm Through." 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)

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)
Certification:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Film debut of Pat Conway.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: 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:
Buck Wyatt:[to Patience, as she sits with the unconscious Mrs. Maroni] Talk to her, Patience.
Patience Hawley:Thanks... what'll I use for language?
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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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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
"I'll Make Men of Them Before I'm Through.", 11 December 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

John McIntire approaches wagonmaster Robert Taylor with an interesting job and challenge. He wants to bring brides west to the settlement he's founded in the southwest United States. Taylor hires on a bunch of hands to escort the women and issues a no fraternization policy. When one of them tries to rape one of them, he shoots him out of hand. It's the unsettled frontier and as wagonmaster he's the law on that train as much as a captain on a ship at sea. Of course the hands mutiny and strand Taylor, McIntire, cook Henry Nakamura and the women.

This was a perfect western film for the post Rosie the Riveter generation. No reason at all why women couldn't deal with the rigors of a wagon train. Of course it helped to have the formidable Hope Emerson along.

Of course men and women will be men and women and Taylor breaks his own no fraternization policy with Denise Darcel. Of course this is away from the train when Darcel runs off.

William Wellman delivers us a no frills unsentimental western with gritty performances by Robert Taylor and the rest of the cast. In a bow to his colleague John Ford, Wellman does have a courtship dance at the settlement. I liked the use of the fiddle music playing Believe Me With All Those Endearing Young Charms and Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes. Ford couldn't have staged it better.

Henry Nakamura had made a big hit in MGM's Go For Broke about the Nisei division in Italy. He was a funny little guy, I'm not sure he was even five feet tall. I loved the scene when he and Taylor find a stash of buried liquor and proceed on a toot. This was his last film though, roles for oriental players were hard to come by. I wonder whatever happened to him.

If you like traditional cowboy films, this one ain't for you, but given the constraints of 19th century society for the role of woman Westward the Women is quite a revelation.

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