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The Way West (1967)

 -  Adventure | Western  -  24 May 1967 (USA)
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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
Lola Albright ...
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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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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Harold Hecht's The Way West  »

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Trivia

There was a minor helicopter crash on the set. See more »

Goofs

Lola Albright is wearing a heavy pink lip gloss in some early scenes. 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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Over long but some good set-pieces
4 November 2005 | by (Norfolk) – See all my reviews

An attempt at an epic old-style Western from a journeyman director - he made a better stab at it later with Chisum. Perhaps its the lack of John Wayne and the rest of the John Ford rep but this is a film of striking set-pieces separated by far too much time! Douglas and Widmark both do some stirring scenery-chewing but this is a melodrama so that is allowed. Mitchum is laid-back and laconic as only Mitchum could be - and looks wonderful as ever. Not sure why others were surprised to see him in a Western - Mitchum made his share and some very good ones too (El Dorado, Five Card Stud and Bandido are all favourites of mine). The Fort Hall sequence is fun - just as a reminder that the Sioux and the French weren't the only folks that got there before the Americans! ;-)


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