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Three Faces West (1940)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 3 July 1940 (USA)
Viennese surgeon Dr. Braun and his daughter Leni come to a small town in North Dakota as refugees from Hitler. When the winds of the Dust Bowl threaten the town, John Phillips leads the ... See full summary »

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Bernard Vorhaus

Writers:

F. Hugh Herbert (original screenplay), Joseph Moncure March (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... John Phillips
Sigrid Gurie ... Leni 'Lenchen' Braun
Charles Coburn ... Dr. Karl Braun
Spencer Charters ... Dr. 'Nunk' Atterbury
Helen MacKellar ... Mrs. Welles
Roland Varno ... Dr. Eric Von Scherer
Sonny Bupp ... Billy Welles
Wade Boteler ... Mr. Harris - Department of Agriculture Official
Trevor Bardette ... Clem Higgins
Russell Simpson ... Minister
Charles Waldron Charles Waldron ... Dr. William Thorpe
Wendell Niles Wendell Niles ... Man-on-the-Street Radio Announcer
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Storyline

Viennese surgeon Dr. Braun and his daughter Leni come to a small town in North Dakota as refugees from Hitler. When the winds of the Dust Bowl threaten the town, John Phillips leads the townsfolk in moving to greener pastures in Oregon. He falls for Leni, but she is betrothed to the man who helped her and her father escape from the Third Reich. She must make a decision between the two men. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Back from the living dead . . to claim a ghostly promise of love! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 July 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Caminho do Ocidente See more »

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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)
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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA "High Fidelity" Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Wendell Niles, the "man on the street" reporter after the big dust storm, was a real radio announcer. He worked on many shows of the golden-age of radio including "The Burns and Allen Show." See more »

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At c.6 minutes Dr Braun and his daughter suddenly switch seats on the train. See more »

Quotes

Farmer: There ain't no college professor gonna teach me how to farm my land.
John Phillips: How much land you got left that hasn't blown away? Look, men, let's quit arguing and kidding ourselves. We're all in the same boat. And we're all gonna sink unless we stick together. Every one of us has been served with a "dispossess notice," not by Uncle Sam or a bank or some mortgage company, but by a little ol' gal we've been kicking in the teeth, Mother Nature.
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Running from Nazis and Dust
8 December 2008 | by ed_two_o_nineSee all my reviews

This is by no means a great movie, but not a terrible movie either. This really is an update of a frontier movie with some good ol' American spirit thrown in. This is basically the story of an Austrian doctor and his daughter who come to America seeking refugee from the Nazi's. Then end up in a small town who have farmed the land to death and who themselves are seeking new land to make their lives. John Wayne does his normal thing as the so called leader of the townsfolk dealing with conflict along the way, and also the inevitable love interest of the doctor's daughter. Plodding and really so much inferior to the similar 'Grapes of Wrath'. Not one for me to be watching again.


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