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The Girl of the Golden West (1938)

A bandit disguises himself as an officer in an attempt to woo a saloon singer.

Director:

Robert Z. Leonard

Writers:

Isabel Dawn (screen play), Boyce DeGaw (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeanette MacDonald ... Mary Robbins
Nelson Eddy ... Ramirez / Lieutenant Johnson
Walter Pidgeon ... Jack Rance
Leo Carrillo ... 'Mosquito'
Buddy Ebsen ... 'Alabama'
Leonard Penn ... Pedro
Priscilla Lawson ... Nina Martinez
Bob Murphy Bob Murphy ... Sonora Slim
Olin Howland ... Trinidad Joe
Cliff Edwards ... Minstrel Joe
Billy Bevan ... Nick
Brandon Tynan Brandon Tynan ... The Professor
H.B. Warner ... Father Sienna
Monty Woolley ... Governor
Charley Grapewin ... Uncle Davy
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Storyline

Mary Robbins is a moderately educated, beautiful, young woman who owns the saloon called "The Poker". She is the only woman in the town of Cloudee-making her the fancy of all the men there, especially to Sheriff Jack Rance. On the way to Monterey to sing at a mass officiated by Father Sienna, her stagecoach is held up by the infamous masked bandit, Ramerez. He too takes a fancy to Mary, and decides to secretly follow her, taking on the identity of an officer named, Lieutenant Johnson. While in Monterey, he dances, sings and courts Mary, who has now fallen in love with him. He then has to make a quick getaway. In the mean-time, Sheriff Jack has set up a trap to catch Ramerez at "The Poker". When Ramerez does arrive he soon discovers that Mary is the owner, and quickly changes to the identity of Lieutenant Johnson. How long can this sherade last? Written by Kelly

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With a song on their lips and romance in their hearts...come the screen's glorious sweethearts of Maytime! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La belle cabaretière See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

David Belasco's play originally opened in New York on 14 November 1905. See more »

Quotes

Ramerez: I hope I'll see you again sometime. Yeah?
Mary Robbins: I hope I'll see you again sometime too. Dangling on the end of a rope!
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Connections

Version of La fanciulla del West (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Sun-Up to Sun Down
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Sigmund Romberg
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Played during the opening credits
Sung by Jeanne Ellis and the pioneers in the prologue
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An opera too!
5 May 2009 | by SlyvellaSee all my reviews

The story in this movie is a popular one. A play, an opera, and at least two movies. La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West) is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Guelfo Civinini and Carlo Zangarini, based on the play The Girl of the Golden West by David Belasco. Its highly-publicized premiere occurred in New York City in 1910 Imagine a western soap opera being sung in Italian! The movie is based on the same play, adapted by the playwright, as was the 1915 version filmed by Cecil B. DeMille. The singing in the movie is great, Nelson Eddy and Jeannette McDonald are a great pair as usual. Worth a watch.


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