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Writer:
James R. Webb (written by) (suggested by the series "How the West Was Won" which appeared in LIFE magazine)
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Release Date:
20 February 1963 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A FABULOUS ROMANTIC ADVENTURE See more »
Plot:
A family saga covering several decades of Westward expansion in the nineteenth century--including the Gold Rush, the Civil War, and the building of the railroads. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A whole constellation of magnificent spectacle! See more (137 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Carroll Baker ... Eve Prescott

Lee J. Cobb ... Marshal Lou Ramsey

Henry Fonda ... Jethro Stuart

Carolyn Jones ... Julie Rawlings

Karl Malden ... Zebulon Prescott

Gregory Peck ... Cleve Van Valen

George Peppard ... Zeb Rawlings

Robert Preston ... Roger Morgan

Debbie Reynolds ... Lilith Prescott

James Stewart ... Linus Rawlings

Eli Wallach ... Charlie Gant

John Wayne ... Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman

Richard Widmark ... Mike King
Brigid Bazlen ... Dora Hawkins

Walter Brennan ... Col. Jeb Hawkins
David Brian ... Lilith's Attorney

Andy Devine ... Cpl. Peterson

Raymond Massey ... Abraham Lincoln

Agnes Moorehead ... Rebecca Prescott

Harry Morgan ... Gen. Ulysses S. Grant (as Henry 'Harry' Morgan)

Thelma Ritter ... Agatha Clegg
Mickey Shaughnessy ... Deputy Stover

Russ Tamblyn ... Confederate deserter

Spencer Tracy ... Narrated By (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rodolfo Acosta ... Gant Gang Member (uncredited)
Mark Allen ... Colin Harvey (uncredited)
Beulah Archuletta ... Arapaho Woman (uncredited)
Frank Baker ... Auction Spectator (uncredited)
Robert Banas ... Dance Hall Dancer (uncredited)

Willis Bouchey ... Surgeon (uncredited)
John Breen ... Waiter (uncredited)
Charlie Briggs ... Flying Arrow Barker (uncredited)
Paul Bryar ... Auctioneer's Assistant (uncredited)
Walter Burke ... Wagon Poker Player (uncredited)
Polly Burson ... Stock Player (uncredited)
Kim Charney ... Sam Prescott (uncredited)

Ken Curtis ... Cpl. Ben (uncredited)
John Damler ... Lawyer (uncredited)
Christopher Dark ... Poker Player with Cleve (uncredited)
Kem Dibbs ... Blacksmith (uncredited)
Craig Duncan ... James Marshall (uncredited)
Ben Black Elk Sr. ... Arapaho Chief (uncredited)

Jay C. Flippen ... Huggins (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... River Pirate (uncredited)
Tom Greenway ... (uncredited)

James Griffith ... Poker Player with Cleve (uncredited)
Barry Harvey ... Angus Harvey (uncredited)
William Henry ... Staff Officer (uncredited)
Jerry Holmes ... Railroad Clerk (uncredited)

Roy Jenson ... Henchman (uncredited)
Claude Johnson ... Jeremiah Rawlings (uncredited)
Jack Lambert ... Gant Henchman (uncredited)
John Larch ... Grimes (uncredited)

Stanley Livingston ... Prescott Rawlings (uncredited)
J. Edward McKinley ... Auctioneer (uncredited)
Harry Monty ... River Pirate (uncredited)
Bob Morgan ... Member of Train Robbery Gang (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... River Pirate (uncredited)
Robert Nash ... Lawyer (uncredited)

Cliff Osmond ... Bartender (uncredited)
Tudor Owen ... Parson Alec Harvey (uncredited)
Harvey Parry ... Henchman (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ... Cpl. Murphy (uncredited)
Gil Perkins ... Henchman (uncredited)
Red Perkins ... Union Soldier (uncredited)
Buddy Red Bow ... Arapaho Man (uncredited)
Walter Reed ... River Pirate (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson ... Officer (uncredited)
Victor Romito ... Henchman (uncredited)
Jamie Ross ... Bruce Harvey (uncredited)
Gene Roth ... Riverboat Poker Player (uncredited)
Bryan Russell ... Zeke Prescott (uncredited)
Danny Sands ... Trapeze Man (uncredited)
Joe Sawyer ... Riverboat Officer (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Auction Spectator (uncredited)
Phil Schumacher ... Bartender (uncredited)
Chief Sky Eagle ... Arapajo Chief (uncredited)

Harry Dean Stanton ... Gant Henchman (uncredited)
Clinton Sundberg ... Hylan Seabury (uncredited)

Karl Swenson ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
Ken Terrell ... River Pirate (uncredited)
Jack Tornek ... Barfly (uncredited)

Lee Van Cleef ... River Pirate (uncredited)
William Wellman Jr. ... Officer #2 (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Cattleman at Barricade (uncredited)
Carleton Young ... Poker Player with Cleve (uncredited)

Directed by
John Ford (segment "The Civil War")
Henry Hathaway (segments "The Rivers", "The Plains", "The Outlaws")
George Marshall (segment "The Railroad")
Richard Thorpe (uncredited) (transitional historical sequences)
 
Writing credits
James R. Webb (written by) (suggested by the series "How the West Was Won" which appeared in LIFE magazine)

John Gay  uncredited

Produced by
Bernard Smith .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alfred Newman 
 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels (director of photography)
Milton R. Krasner (director of photography) (as Milton Krasner)
Charles Lang (director of photography) (as Charles Lang Jr.)
Joseph LaShelle (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Harold F. Kress (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
George W. Davis 
William Ferrari 
Addison Hehr 
 
Set Decoration by
Henry Grace 
Don Greenwood Jr. 
Jack Mills 
 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett (costumes by)
Ron Talsky (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup creator
Jay Sebring .... hair designer: Henry Fonda/George Peppard (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Thomas Conroy .... production supervisor: for Cinerama
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Marshall Jr. .... assistant director
William McGarry .... assistant director
Robert Saunders .... assistant director
William Shanks .... assistant director
Wingate Smith .... assistant director
Richard Talmadge .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Matty Azzarone .... leadman (uncredited)
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Franklin Milton .... recording supervisor
Van Allen James .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Bob Overbeck .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Lester Swartz .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special visual effects
Robert R. Hoag .... special visual effects
 
Stunts
Rick Arnold .... stunts (uncredited)
May Boss .... stunts (uncredited)
Polly Burson .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank Cordell .... stunts (uncredited)
Everett Creach .... stunts (uncredited)
John Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Sol Gorss .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Graham .... stunts (uncredited)
Donna Hall .... stunt double: Debbie Reynolds (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward .... stunts (uncredited)
Charles Horvath .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunt double: Debbie Reynolds (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunts (uncredited)
Roy Jenson .... stunts (uncredited)
Leroy Johnson .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Juaregui .... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... stunts (uncredited)
Ted Mapes .... stunts (uncredited)
Troy Melton .... stunts (uncredited)
Louise Montana .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Hal Needham .... stunts (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Carl Pitti .... stunts (uncredited)
Rusty Richards .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunt double: John Wayne (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Victor Romito .... stunts (uncredited)
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Danny Sands .... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Talmadge .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Bob Terhune .... stunts (uncredited)
Ken Terrell .... stunts (uncredited)
Autry Ward .... stunts (uncredited)
Troy Ward .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
Henry Wills .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack N. Young .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Yrigoyen .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Harold E. Wellman .... second unit photography
Bill Johnson .... camera operator (uncredited)
James V. King .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Owen Marsh .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Owen Marsh .... video technician (uncredited)
Pete G. Papanickolas .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Fuca .... assistant set costumer (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Charles K. Hagedon .... color consultant
Mike Henry .... negative cutter (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ken Darby .... music associate
Robert Emmett Dolan .... music co-ordinator
Dave Guard .... folk singer
The Whiskeyhill Singers .... folk singer
Robert Armbruster .... associate conductor (uncredited)
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Ken Darby .... choir (uncredited)
Robert Emmett Dolan .... associate conductor (uncredited)
Carl Fortina .... musician: concertina (uncredited)
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Alfred Newman .... conductor (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet soloist (uncredited)
Paul Salamunovich .... choral singer (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
164 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor) (uncredited)
Aspect Ratio:
2.89 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (35 mm prints) | Cinerama 7-Track (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Canada:G | Chile:TE | Finland:K-16 | France:U | New Zealand:PG | Norway:12 | Portugal:M/6 (Qualidade) | Spain:7 | Sweden:11 | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video re-rating) (1995) (2008) (uncut) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (cut: by 2 secs) | USA:TV-G | USA:Approved (certificate #20143) | USA:G (re-rating) (1970) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Gary Cooper had been offered the role of Linus Rawlings, but died before filming began. James Stewart then accepted the part despite feeling miscast.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: The Prescotts were shown traveling west on the Erie Canal, then floating on a raft through Ohio (where Eve Prescott settled). The Erie Canal led to Buffalo, then via the Great Lakes, bypassing Ohio.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Narrator:[as the camera pans over the Rocky Mountains] This land has a name today, and is marked on maps. But, the names and the marks and the maps all had to be won, won from nature and from primitive man.
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63 out of 92 people found the following review useful.
A whole constellation of magnificent spectacle!, 21 October 2000

Ford's most distinctive work has dealt with the white American's conquest of the wilderness... He has made films about most of the significant episodes in American history—early colonization of the West, the Civil War, the extermination of the Indians—and in so doing he has recounted the American saga in human terms and made it come alive...

Ford directed one of the episodes of "How the West Was Won," the Civil War... His brief but redeeming contribution effectively recounted the bloody Battle of Shiloh and its aftermath...

Hathaway's strong points were atmosphere, character and authentic locations... He directed, in the film, the episodes of 'The Rivers,' 'The Plains,' and 'The Outlaws.'

George Marshal—the most prolific and most versatile of all major Hollywood filmmakers—directed the episode of 'The Railroad.'

As seen through the eyes of four generations of a pioneer family of New England farmers as they made their way west in the l840s, the scope of "How the West Was Won" is enormous, with essays on the physiology of the West (pioneers, settlers, Indians, outlaws, and adventurers).

The film describes the hard life and times of the Prescott's family across the continent and their fortune to the western shore after years of hardship, loss, love, war, danger and romance...

Stewart appears in the first half hour as a trapper named Linus Rawlings, who marries the daughter (Carroll Baker) of a family migrating West…

The story touched all the bases: runaway wagon trains; Indians stampeding Buffalos; confused and erratic river rapids; the grandeur of Monument Valley, Utah; the rocky mountains; the Black Hills of South Dakota; the clamor of gold in St.Louis; the Cheyenne attack; the Pony Express; the overland telegraph; the coming of the steel roadway of the iron horse; the bloody battle between cattlemen and homesteaders; and some thrilling hand-to-hand fighting…

The result is a stupendous epic Western with 8 Academy Award Nominations including Best Picture and three Academy Awards including Best Original Story and Screenplay; Best Soundand Best Film Editing...

Narrated by Spencer Tracy, "How the West Was Won" enlists the services of such top stars as: Carroll Baker, the strong-minded woman; Gregory Peck, the luckiest gambler; Debbie Reynolds, the perplexing talented singer and dancer; Henry Fonda, the buffalo hunter with gray flowing hair and mustaches; George Peppard, the man with a star; Robert Preston, the decent character with moral flaws; Thelma Ritter, the character woman; Karl Malden, the patriarch; Agnes Moorehead, the unfortunate wife and mother; John Wayne, the major architect of modern warfare; Richard Widmark, the 'king' of the railroad; Russ Tamblyn the Confederate deserter; Andy Levine, the Corporal Ohio volunteer; Lee J. Cobb, the lawman; Carolyn Jones, the worried wife; Eli Wallach, the dangerous outlaw; Rodolfo Acosta, the train robber; Raymond Massey, the great Abraham Lincoln; Walter Brennan and Lee Van Cleef, the thieves to fear…

Alfred Newman and Ken Darby's majestic music takes the pioneers through every conceivable encounter in the West, achieving with conviction a whole constellation of magnificent spectacle...

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