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Arnold Schulman (screenplay)
Edna Ferber (novel)
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Release Date:
24 March 1961 (West Germany) See more »
Story of a VAST and VIOLENT LAND! See more »
The epic saga of a frontier family, Cimarron starts with the Oklahoma Land Rush on 22 April 1889. The... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Glenn Ford ... Yancey 'Cimarron' Cravat

Maria Schell ... Sabra Cravat

Anne Baxter ... Dixie Lee

Arthur O'Connell ... Tom Wyatt

Russ Tamblyn ... William Hardy / The Cherokee Kid

Mercedes McCambridge ... Mrs. Sarah Wyatt

Vic Morrow ... Wes Jennings
Robert Keith ... Sam Pegler

Charles McGraw ... Bob Yountis

Harry Morgan ... Jesse Rickey (as Henry {Harry} Morgan)
David Opatoshu ... Sol Levy
Aline MacMahon ... Mrs. Mavis Pegler
Lili Darvas ... Felicia Venable

Edgar Buchanan ... Judge Neal Hefner

Mary Wickes ... Mrs. Neal Hefner

Royal Dano ... Ike Howes

L.Q. Jones ... Millis
George Brenlin ... Hoss Barry
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Jacob Krubeckoff
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andy Albin ... Water Man (uncredited)
Rayford Barnes ... Cavalry Sergeant Who Breaks Up Fight (uncredited)
Herman Belmonte ... Dancer at Ball (uncredited)
Mary Benoit ... Mrs. Lancey (uncredited)
Barry Bernard ... Butler (uncredited)
Jimmie Booth ... Wagon Driver (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ... Townsman (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg ... Townsman (uncredited)
Janet Brandt ... Madam Rhoda (uncredited)
Paul Bryar ... Mr. Self - Politician (uncredited)
Robert Carson ... Senator Rollins (uncredited)
John L. Cason ... Suggs (uncredited)
William Challee ... Barber (uncredited)
Mickie Chouteau ... Ruby Red Feather (uncredited)
Fred Coby ... Oil Worker (uncredited)
Gene Coogan ... Butler / Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Daly ... Wyatt's Man (uncredited)
John Damler ... Foreman (uncredited)
Richard Davies ... Mr. Hodges (uncredited)
George DeNormand ... Townsman at Celebration (uncredited)
James Dime ... Townsman (uncredited)
Phyllis Douglas ... Sadie (uncredited)
Ted Eccles ... Cimarron Cravat - Age 2 (uncredited)
LaRue Farlow ... Dancer (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Townsman at Schoolhouse (uncredited)
George Ford ... Townsman at Celebration (uncredited)
Coleman Francis ... Mr. Geer (uncredited)
Ben Gary ... Reporter (uncredited)
James Gonzalez ... Reporter (uncredited)
James Halferty ... Cimarron Cravat - Age 10 (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Ball Guest (uncredited)
Lars Hensen ... Dancer at Ball (uncredited)

William Hoehne Jr. ... Dude white faced pino (uncredited)
Clegg Hoyt ... Grat Gotch (uncredited)
Irene James ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Townsman at Schoolhouse (uncredited)
Paul Kruger ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jimmy Lewis ... Hefner Boy (uncredited)
Dawn Little Sky ... Arita Red Feather (uncredited)
Eddie Little Sky ... Ben Red Feather (uncredited)
Buzz Martin ... Cimarron Cravat as a Young Man (uncredited)
Frankie Marvin ... Settler (uncredited)

Kermit Maynard ... Setter (uncredited)
Mathew McCue ... Townsman (uncredited)
J. Edward McKinley ... Beck (uncredited)
Walter Merrill ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Townsman (uncredited)
John Pickard ... Ned - Cavalry Captain (uncredited)
Jose Portugal ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Ralph Reed ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Tony Regan ... Settler (uncredited)
William Remick ... Reporter (uncredited)
Gene Roth ... Connors (uncredited)
Jack Scroggy ... Mr. Walter (uncredited)
Charles Seel ... Charles (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ... Townsman at Celebration (uncredited)
Jack Stoney ... Man at Lynching (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Dancer at Ball (uncredited)
Ivan Triesault ... Lewis Venable - Sabra's Father (uncredited)
Charles Watts ... Lou Brothers - Politician (uncredited)
Helen Westcott ... Miss Kuye - Schoolteacher (uncredited)
Robert Williams ... Oil Worker (uncredited)
Jeane Wood ... Clubwoman (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jorie Wyler ... Theresa Jump (uncredited)

Directed by
Anthony Mann 
Charles Walters (uncredited)
Writing credits
Arnold Schulman (screenplay)

Edna Ferber (novel)

Produced by
Edmund Grainger .... producer
Original Music by
Franz Waxman 
Cinematography by
Robert Surtees (director of photography) (as Robert L. Surtees)
Film Editing by
John D. Dunning  (as John Dunning)
Art Direction by
George W. Davis 
Addison Hehr 
Set Decoration by
Henry Grace (set decorations)
Hugh Hunt (set decorations)
Otto Siegel (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup creator
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ridgeway Callow .... assistant director
Carl 'Major' Roup .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Franklin Milton .... recording supervisor
Van Allen James .... sound editor (uncredited)
Wally Wallace .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
Robert R. Hoag .... special effects
Lee LeBlanc .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Matthew Yuricich .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
John L. Cason .... stunts (uncredited)
Muriel Walter .... stunt horse rider (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
William H. Clothier .... camera operator (uncredited)
Owen Marsh .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Charles K. Hagedon .... color consultant
Music Department
Alex Alexander .... musician: cello (uncredited)
George Fields .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Milton Raskin .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Milton Thomas .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Franz Waxman .... conductor (uncredited)
Other crew
Dick Webb .... head wrangler (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Edna Ferber's Cimarron" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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147 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:U (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:12 (VoD rating) (2012) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #19510) | West Germany:12 (f) (cut)

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In her memoir "Intermission," Anne Baxter hints that Ford and Schell had become very close during production, but by the time the movie premiered in Oklahoma, the two were not speaking to each other.See more »
Factual errors: In the scene where Jessie Rickey is using a letterpress to print "wanted" posters of the Cherokee Kid and his gang, even though he handed a "fresh" copy to Yancey Cravat, he is running the press dry which would yield no printed impressions - on letterpresses of that type, ink would be applied to the lead type with a roller before the paper is laid down to be run through the press. Plus, he is taking the finished copies off and without looking placing them face down - any printer worth his salt would inspect every print for quality before setting it aside.See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Cimarron; mean, wild and crazy?, 3 May 2011
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

Cimarron is mostly directed by Anthony Mann and written by Arnold Schulman. It's based on the Edna Ferber novel of the same name and was previously made into a film in 1931. It stars Glenn Ford, Maria Schell, Anne Baxter, Harry Morgan, Russ Tamblyn, Mercedes McCambridge and Lili Darvas. Franz Waxman scores the music and Robert Surtees is the cinematographer. It's a CinemaScope production, filmed in Metrocolor and exterior locations were shot in Arizona.

--At high noon April 22, 1889, a section of the last unsettled territories in America was to be given free to the first people who claimed it. They came from the North, they came from the South and they came from across the sea. In just one day an entire territory would be settled. A new state would be born.

They called it Oklahoma--

With changes from both the novel and the 1931 film, Cimarron 1960 was a big budgeted production. With a huge cast and a running time to match, it was expected to be an epic winner for MGM. It wasn't. For although it has undoubted qualities to please the keen Western fan, it has just too much flab on its belly to let it run free. On the plus side is Surtess location photography and Anthony Mann's ability to stir the blood by way of his action know how. The highlight of the film, and certainly a Western fan's must see sequence, is that of the actual "land-rush" that forms the narrative starting point of the film. A stunning collection of crashes, bangs, death and heartbreak are put together by Mann and the heroes that form the stunt team. Sadly the bar is raised so high so early in the film, it's all down hill from there for expectation and actuality. With the last third of the film laborious in the extreme as an ill equipped Maria Schell attempts to carry the dialogue driven heavy load.

The story is a good one, and Schulman's adaptation doesn't want for trying to reach epic horse opera status. But it's just not a fully formed whole, it comes out as a small group of fine scenes slotted into a gargantuan story of no real distinction. How else can you react to having sat thru two hours of film, to get to the big historical oil strike, to find the film petering out into a series of uninteresting conversations? Much of the problem can maybe be put down to problems off screen? Mann was fired towards the end of production, to be replaced by Charles Walters (High Society), while producer Edmund Grainger himself added scenes in an attempt to clarify the relationship between Yancey (Ford) and Sabra Cravat (Schell). The latter of which was without Mann knowing. This probably accounts for why the final third is so dull. The cast are mostly safe, with Charles McGraw and Aline MacMahon standing out in support slots, the latter of which excels during a graveside scene. But Tamblyn is hopelessly miscast and McCambridge and Baxter are, for different reasons, underused. Waxman scores it as more reflective than sweeping, tho the accompaniment for the "land-rush" sequence is boisterous and uplifting, while hats off to the nice costuming by Walter Plunkett; where Baxter, and us the viewers, benefit greatly.

The great scenes make it a film for Western fans to seek out. But in the context of two of the genre's heroes in Ford and Mann, it's one to easily forget about. 5.5/10

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