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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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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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Trivia

Groucho Marx performed the song "Go West, Young Man" several times during the remainder of his career, including in Copacabana (1947). See more »

Goofs

Indian Pete hands Red a note saying it was delivered by the Pony Express. The Pony Express only ran for 18 months from 1860 to 1861 Go West is set in 1870. See more »

Quotes

S. Quentin Quale: You love your brother, don't you?
Joseph Panello: No, but I'm used to him.
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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 »

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Referenced in Copacabana (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain Comes
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Traditional
Played on piano offscreen in the Saloon
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Go West (1940) ***
1 August 2004 | by JoeKarlosiSee all my reviews

GO WEST (1940) ***/****

I don't know. Since I've been watching these later Paramount Marx Bros. films before seeing the original early 30s classics that die-hard fans always rave about, perhaps I'm more unbiased and capable of enjoying them for what they are.

In GO WEST we have the opening sequence where Groucho tries to fleece Chico and Harpo, only to get a good screwing himself in the bargain. I also enjoyed the bit where Groucho and Chico attempt to woo a couple of gals as Harpo attempts to steal a deed from a safe in the next room. There were some very funny slapstick moments for the climactic struggle aboard the train to cap things off.

At first I was leery of going into a Marx Bros. comedy where the trio might be dressed in cowboy garb and thrust back into the unusual setting of the Old West, but it came off considerably well for what it was. Of course, nothing's perfect and you have to put up with some annoying singing now and then. Especially from one lady in particular who sounds like a guy.


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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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