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Go West (1940)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Western | 6 December 1940 (USA)
The Marx Brothers come to the rescue in the Wild West when a young man, trying to settle an old family feud so he can marry the girl he loves, runs afoul of crooks.

Director:

Edward Buzzell

Writer:

Irving Brecher (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Groucho Marx ... S. Quentin Quale
Chico Marx ... Joe Panello
Harpo Marx ... 'Rusty' Panello
John Carroll ... Terry Turner
Diana Lewis ... Eve Wilson
Walter Woolf King ... Beecher
Robert Barrat ... 'Red' Baxter
June MacCloy ... Lulubelle
George Lessey ... Railroad President
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Storyline

Embezzler, shill, all around confidence man S. Quentin Quale is heading west to find his fortune. He meets the crafty but simple brothers Joseph and Rusty Panello in a train station, where they steal all his money. They're heading west too because they've heard you can just pick the gold off the ground. Once there, they befriend an old miner named Dan Wilson whose property, Dead Man's Gulch, has no gold. They loan him their last ten dollars so he can go start life anew, and, for collateral, he gives them the deed to the Gulch. Unbeknownst to Wilson, the son of his longtime rival, Terry Turner (who's also in love with his daughter, Eva), has contacted the railroad to arrange for them to build through the land, making the old man rich and hopefully resolving the feud. However, the evil Red Baxter, owner of a saloon, tricks the boys out of the deed, and it's up to them - as well as Quale, who naturally finds his way out west anyway - to save the day. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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The Looniest, Tuniest Musical Gag-And-Gal Show Since "A Night At The Opera" See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The elaborate chase climax was going to be deleted before filming because MGM execs thought it was too expensive. See more »

Goofs

The train that Quentin, Joe, and Rusty are driving is a locomotive of a 2-8-0 wheel arrangement. However, when the train runs off the track, the locomotive is portrayed by a 2 truck Climax type engine of a 0-4-4-0 arrangement. Then, the train reverts to the 2-8-0 once it returns to the tracks. See more »

Quotes

S. Quentin Quale: I'm not drunk, but, what's the ceiling doing on the floor?
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Crazy Credits

Opening card: Foreword: In 1851, Horace Greeley uttered a phrase that did much to change the history of these United States. He said: Go West, young man, go west. This is the story of three men who made Horace Greeley sorry he said it. See more »

Connections

Featured in Reel Injun (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung a cappella by Groucho Marx
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Going' West with the craziest brothers ever...
29 January 2006 | by rainking_esSee all my reviews

The movies from the Marx Bros. are just like my old Bowie's vinyls, or my Oscar Wilde's books: they're always there, and always will be. They're just like those old friends that will never let you down.

"Go West" has each and everyone of the essential ingredients of the movies from Groucho and co. : hilarious dialogs, crazy situations, Harpo's hooliganism, the music... everything goes as quick as a flash. So, if some youngster thinks that this movie hasn't anything to offer because it was made 65 years ago, thats belongs to the Pleistocenic... OK, I won't waste my time explaining why the Marx Brothers are bigger than life. I'd rather watch "Duck Soup" or "A Night At The Opera" one more time, and let the party begin once again...

*My rate: 8/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Go West See more »

Filming Locations:

Monument Valley, Arizona, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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