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Director:
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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A story of a group of pioneer woman going to California in a wagon train, their trials, and tribulations. Their bonding, their endurance and their refusal to give up! 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
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
According to his autobiography, Frank Capra had planned to direct the film himself and cast Gary Cooper in the lead, but later sold his story to his neighbor, director William A. Wellman.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: All the rifles used in the film are single shot, M1867 Remington Rolling Blocks. As the model number suggests, they hadn't been invented until 16 years AFTER the the year (1851) the film portrays. All Pistols used are the Colt SAA 1873 (Single Action Army) in various barrel lengths (4.5" - 6.5"). The only pistols available at that time were single shot percussion (cap & ball) and Colt percussion revolvers such as the Colt 1851 Navy.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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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A story of a group of pioneer woman going to California in a wagon train, their trials, and tribulations. Their bonding, their endurance and their refusal to give up!, 10 September 2005
Author: lincher from United States

I have seen this film many times over the years and have always enjoyed it. It is one of my favorite westerns. I think William Wellman was a fine director and in lesser hands than his, this movie would not have fared so well. His respect and admiration for women shines through. It's a valentine to the pioneer women of this country. Acting? The style is from a different time and on the melodramatic side. The male star is Robert Taylor, and by the time he made this movie, he had left the pretty-boy image behind and had become a good actor. Denice Darcel was a french actress popular in the 1950's in American films ( She never made a movie in her own country of France, little bit of trivia there). She gives a bravura performance. The wonderful character actress Hope Emerson is always worth watching. If you run across this on the late show, and take the time to watch it you won't be disappointed; and take note of how Wellman photographs the women against the open skies and harsh backgrounds of the western landscapes.

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