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Arizona (1940)

Approved | | Western | 25 December 1940 (USA)
During the 1860s Tucson, a pioneer woman struggles to succeed in the freight and cattle business while at risk at the hands of corrupt and violent local businessmen and rampaging Indians.

Director:

Wesley Ruggles

Writers:

Claude Binyon (screen play), Clarence Budington Kelland (based on the story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Arthur ... Phoebe Titus
William Holden ... Peter Muncie
Warren William ... Jefferson Carteret
Porter Hall ... Lazarus Ward
Edgar Buchanan ... Judge Bogardus
Paul Harvey ... Solomon Warner
George Chandler ... Haley
Byron Foulger ... Pete Kitchen
Regis Toomey ... Grant Oury
Paul Lopez Paul Lopez ... Estevan Ochoa
Colin Tapley ... Bart Massey
Uvaldo Varela Uvaldo Varela ... Hilario Callego (as Roberto Álvarez)
Earl Crawford Earl Crawford ... Joe Briggs
Griff Barnett ... Sam Hughes (as Griff Barnette)
Ludwig Hardt ... Meyer
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Storyline

Phoebe Titus is a tough, swaggering pioneer woman, but her ways become decidedly more feminine when she falls for California bound Peter Muncie. But Peter won't be distracted from his journey and Phoebe is left alone and plenty busy with villains Jefferson Carteret and Lazarus Ward plotting at every turn to destroy her freighting company. She has not seen the last of Peter, however. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

25 December 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Аризона See more »

Filming Locations:

Cortaro, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The starring role was written with Gary Cooper in mind, and although he had previously co-starred twice with Jean Arthur (including The Plainsman (1936)) he declined the role that was ultimately inherited by William Holden. See more »

Goofs

As the robbers are making their escape after blowing Phoebe's safe, Phoebe is seen leaving her home apparently tucking her shirt in. The next scene, she is still tied to her bed where the robbers put her before the robbery. See more »

Quotes

Phoebe Titus: Now sometime before morning, I'm going to let off both barrels of this shotgun right at you. I don't know just what time it'll happen... whenever my finger gets to itching too much. But you can depend on it. You're gonna have a double hole blown clear through you. Maybe ten minutes, maybe two hours. All you have to do is sit comfortable until I think it's the right time.
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Soundtracks

Battle Hymn of the Republic
(circa 1856) (uncredited)
Music by William Steffe
In the score when the Civil War begins
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"Eat your pie."
28 July 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Fun but overlong western with a dynamite turn by Jean Arthur as a feisty pioneer gal that's as rough and tumble as any man you'll meet. She fights corruption and villainy in the form of Porter Hall and Warren William. She also finds time for romance with handsome (and considerably younger) leading man William Holden.

Arthur's the primary reason to see this. She dominates every scene. Also some good performances from Edgar Buchanan as a drunken judge and Warren William as a slimy crook. Holden's fine but he wasn't quite ready to be an A-lister yet. The romance element is one of the weaker parts of the film. Victor Young's Oscar-nominated score is excellent. It's an enjoyable western but, like I said, it goes on too long for such a simple story.


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