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Way Out West (1930)

Passed | | Action, Comedy, Music | 2 August 1930 (USA)
Wise-guy carnival barker Windy bilks a group of cowboys out of their money, gets caught and is forced into working off the debt on their ranch. He falls in love with Molly, the pretty owner... See full summary »


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Alfred Block (story), Byron Morgan (story) | 3 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
William Haines ... Windy
Leila Hyams ... Molly Rankin
Polly Moran ... Pansy
Cliff Edwards ... Trilby
Francis X. Bushman Jr. ... Steve
Vera Marshe ... La Belle Rosa
Charles Middleton ... Buck Rankin
Jack Pennick ... Pete
Buddy Roosevelt ... Tex
Jay Wilsey ... Hank


Wise-guy carnival barker Windy bilks a group of cowboys out of their money, gets caught and is forced into working off the debt on their ranch. He falls in love with Molly, the pretty owner of the ranch, but runs afoul of foreman Steve, who also loves Molly. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Whoopee Bill In a Rodeo of Roars! - He's a riot! (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Lindsey Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - August 15, 1930) See more »



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Because of the location shooting in New Mexico, this film had a high production cost, resulting in only a small profit and making it one of Haines' least profitable MGM films. See more »


Windy: I'm the wildest pansy you ever picked.
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Singing a Song to the Stars
Written by Joseph Meyer
Lyrics by Howard Johnson
Sung by Cliff Edwards
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Haines in the Saddle
22 October 2005 | by drednmSee all my reviews

William Haines plays a brassy carnival barker who gets caught cheating 3 cowboys in a roulette game. His punishment is to work off the debt (after a carny girl steals his money) on a local ranch. Great concept and perfect for the Haines formula, but the film is flat in a couple places and needed a better director. The editing is also bad. But Haines is a delight as usual. His silly billy character made a smooth transition to talkies. Haines was one of the most appealing and popular stars of the late 20s and early 30s.

Good cast here with pretty Leila Hyams the ranch owner, Cliff Edwards the hapless cowhand Trilby (whom Haines keeps calling Svengali), Polly Moran as Pansy the housekeeper, Ralph Bushman the lead cowboy, Charles Middleton the brother, Vera Marshe the carny girl, Jack Pennick as Pete, and Jay Wilsey and Buddy Roosevelt the other cowboys. Ann Dvorak is one of the carny dancers.

Very odd but the carny girls wear the same cannibal outfits in their dance number as the dancers in the Free and Easy number from the 1930 film of the same name. And Dvorak was a dancer in THAT film as well (which starred Buster Keaton). MGM recycled the costumes! Minor Haines film and one credited as his first flop, but still interesting to see this once-major star in action.

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Release Date:

2 August 1930 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$400,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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