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The Way West (1967)

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In 1843 a former U.S. senator leads a wagon train of settlers to Oregon, but his megalomania leads to growing dissatisfaction with his leadership.

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Sen. William J. Tadlock
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Dick Summers
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Lije Evans
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Rebecca 'Becky' Evans
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Mercy McBee
Katherine Justice ...
Amanda Mack
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Preacher Weatherby
Stubby Kaye ...
Sam Fairman
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Brownie Evans
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Mr. McBee (as Harry Carey)
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Mrs. McBee
Michael Witney ...
Johnnie Mack
William Lundigan ...
Michael Moynihan
Elisabeth Fraser ...
Mrs. Fairman (as Elizabeth Fraser)
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Little Henry
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Storyline

In the mid-19th century, Senator William J. Tadlock leads a group of settlers overland in a quest to start a new settlement in the Western US. Tadlock is a highly principled and demanding taskmaster who is as hard on himself as he is on those who have joined his wagon train. He clashes with one of the new settlers, Lije Evans, who doesn't quite appreciate Tadlock's ways. Along the way, the families must face death and heartbreak and a sampling of frontier justice when one of them accidentally kills a young Indian boy. Written by garykmcd

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Adventure | Western

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24 May 1967 (USA)  »

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Harold Hecht's The Way West  »

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Trivia

Big screen debut for Sally Field and Katherine Justice. See more »

Goofs

Kirk Douglas' revolver was first made in 1860 or later. The time line of the period is 1843. He would have been using a percussion single Shot US Model 1842 or at best a civilian Patterson Colt with no trigger guard and especially, no side barrel extractor tube. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[Mercy flirts silently with Brownie]
Lije Evans: Best not be lookin', Brownie.
Brownie Evans: I ain't lookin'... as hard as I can.
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Crazy Credits

Introducing Sally Field as "Mercy" and introducing Katherine Justice. See more »

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Referenced in Callan: Nice People Die at Home (1969) See more »

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The Way West
Music by Bronislau Kaper (uncredited)
Lyrics by Mack David
Sung by The Serendipity Singers (as Serendipity Singers)
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The trio of stars compensate for an otherwise cliche-ridden journey

What could possibly go wrong with a movie starring Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum, and Richard Widmark that is also based on a Pulitzer Prize winning novel? Quite a bit. For instance, there's routine direction by Andrew V. McGlaglen, who also directed some of John Wayne's most routine westerns in the 60s. Then there's a cliche-ridden script filled with plots and subplots leftover from a dozen daytime soaps. Still, I rather liked it when it was first released, and still find it entertaining because of its three stars. And, back in 1967, who would have ever believed that Sally Field, who was still best known as TV's "Gidget" when this film was released, had two Oscars in her future while the three legends heading the cast wouldn't even win one?


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