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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.


Robert Z. Leonard


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




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 ... The Professor
H.B. Warner ... Father Sienna
Monty Woolley ... Governor
Charley Grapewin ... Uncle Davy


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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Golden hills, voices and melodies! See more »


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This film's first documented telecast took place in Seattle Thursday 30 May 1957 on KING (Channel 5); it first aired in Portland OR 22 June 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Los Angeles 30 August 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), in Norfolk VA 31 October 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in both Hartford CT and Charlotte NC 1 December 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18) and on WBTV (Channel 3), in Indianapolis 13 December 1957 on WLW-I (Channel 13), in New York City 14 December 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Cincinnati 5 April 1958 on WLW-T (Channel 5), in Philadelphia 2 May 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6) and, finally, in San Francisco 7 June 1959 on KGO (Channel 7), and in Chicago 23 December 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2). See more »


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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Version of The Girl of the Golden West (1923) See more »


Who Are We To Say
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Sigmund Romberg
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by Nelson Eddy
Hummed by Jeanette MacDonald
Reprised on piano by Brandon Tynan and sung by Jeanette MacDonald
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Perfectly Charming.
1 July 2003 | by dan.sneedSee all my reviews

Just a perfectly charming film that reveals its wonderful qualities more and more with repeated viewings. Jeanette really pulls it off as a "western gal" and her singing is, as usual, superb. "Shadows on the Moon" and "The Wind in the Trees" are just two highlights of many for me. A very lovely, fun and special film.

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Release Date:

18 March 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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