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The Gal Who Took the West (1949)

Approved | | Western | September 1949 (USA)
In order to gain passage to the West, a woman poses as an opera singer, and causes a feud between two cousins.


Frederick De Cordova (as Frederick de Cordova)


William Bowers (story), Oscar Brodney (story) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Yvonne De Carlo ... Lillian Marlowe
Charles Coburn ... Gen. Michael O'Hara
Scott Brady ... Lee O'Hara
John Russell ... Grant O'Hara
Myrna Dell ... Nancy
James Millican ... Hawley
Clem Bevans ... Hawley (as old Timer)
Robert R. Stephenson Robert R. Stephenson ... Ted (as Bob Stevenson)
Houseley Stevenson ... Ted (as old Timer)
Robin Short Robin Short ... Bartender
Russell Simpson ... Bartender (as old Timer)
John Litel ... Colonel Logan
James Todd James Todd ... Douglas Andrews
Edward Earle ... Mr. Nolan


In 1890s Arizona, General Michael O'Hara, the O'Hara family patriarch, builds an opera house and sends for an opera singer from the East. Unknown to everyone, the Eastern theatrical agent substitutes a real but unattractive opera singer for his own niece who is stunningly beautiful but is no opera singer. Her name is Lillian Marlowe and her singing is more vaudevillian and saloon-like rather than operatic. The O'Hara family owns much of the land and cattle in the region. However, the two nephews of General Michael O'Hara, Lee and Grant, do not get along. Only one of them stands to inherit the O'Hara fortune, once the General passes away. The whole region fears a bloody feud between the two young cousins after the eventual passing of the family patriarch. To make matters worse, when the attractive opera singer from the East arrives in town, to fulfill her singing contract with the O'Hara opera house, the two young O'Haras fall in-love with her. Unfortunately, pretty Lillian Marlowe ... Written by nufs68

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General O'Hara says his two sons fought for different sides during the Civil War. Accordingly, his two grandsons are named Grant and Lee, both named after leading generals for the North and South respectively during the Civil War. See more »


Lillian Marlow sang Frankie and Johnny which wasn't written until 1908, long after the time frame of the movie. See more »


Clancy Lowered the Boom
Music by Johnny Lange
Lyrics by Hy Heath
Sung by Myrna Dell
Sung and Danced by Yvonne De Carlo
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Miss De Carlo Shows Her Dry Sense Of Humor
1 May 2020 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

When Charles Coburn builds an opera house, vaudeville singer Yvonne De Carlo grabs the gig, so she can sing "Frankie and Johnny". Meanwhile, Coburn's grandsons -- Scott Brady and John Russell -- wrangle over her in this silly but entertaining Technicolor western from Universal.

I first encountered Miss De Carlo in TV's THE MUNSTERS. She was born Margaret Yvonne Middleton in British Columbia in 1922. She first appeared in the movies in tiny unbilled roles like "Showgirl" or "Handmaiden", occasionally arising to the dignity of being credited as "Princess Wah-Tah". She shot to stardom in ens of SALOME, WHERE SHE DANCED. She spent the next decade playing the mildly astonished vamp in dozens of B pictures. She died in 2007.

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September 1949 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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