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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. But 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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Taglines:

JUMP INTO YOUR BOOTS AND SADDLES...IT'S ROUND-UP TIME IN THE WILD AND WOOLY WEST! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los hermanos Marx en el Oeste See more »

Filming Locations:

Monument Valley, Arizona, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Winston Churchill was informed of Rudolf Hess' capture in Scotland just before he was about to see a private screening of this film. Spurning a more detailed briefing, Churchill famously commented, "Well, Hess or no Hess, I'm off to see The Marx Brothers". (Different versions of this story insist the film Churchill was to see was Monkey Business (1931) or The Big Store (1941).) See more »

Goofs

When S. Quentin Quale falls down the saloon's stairs, he ends up flat out, with his head to the left. When the Panello brothers pick him up, he is lying upright and leaning towards the right. See more »

Quotes

S. Quentin Quale: [pulls out a necklace] How would you like a little necklace that formerly belonged to the Czarina of Russia?
Indian girl: No like. Me want Cadillac sedan.
S. Quentin Quale: *She's* been off the reservation...
[tosses necklace away]
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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 The Unknown Marx Brothers (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh! Susanna
(1848) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Played often in the score
Sung also by Groucho Marx and others
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Even though "lesser", I like it "more-er"
9 August 2004 | by 4-EyesSee all my reviews

I have a real soft spot for "Go West". It's a little less frantic, has a

mellow vibe and it's obvious they enjoyed making it. I liked the

songs and many of the sequences, particularly the "outfitter" and

also the train sequence which is such a metaphor for modern life

(they are in such a hurry to "get there" that they totally destroy and

burn the entire contents and structure of the train so when they

arrive at their destination there is nothing left but skeletal

wreckage). This alone is worth any other disappointments the film

may hold for you. I would say, don't skip over this one. And, to get

to the required 10 lines, I will say it again: don't skip over this one.

LOL


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