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Westward the Women (1951)

Not Rated | | Drama, Western | 31 December 1951 (USA)
A trail guide escorts a group of women from Chicago to California to marry men that have recently began settling there.

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Charles Schnee (screenplay), Frank Capra (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Taylor ... Buck Wyatt
Denise Darcel ... Fifi Danon
Hope Emerson ... Patience Hawley
John McIntire ... Roy E. Whitman
Julie Bishop ... Laurie Smith
Lenore Lonergan Lenore Lonergan ... Maggie O'Malley
Henry Nakamura ... Ito
Marilyn Erskine ... Jean Johnson
Beverly Dennis Beverly Dennis ... Rose Meyers
Renata Vanni Renata Vanni ... Mrs. Moroni
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Storyline

In a time when "The West" pretty much ends in Texas and only California is slowly being populated by the white men, there's a severe lack of women among the workers on Roy Whitman's farm in the California Valley. So he goes back east to Chicago to recruit 150 women willing to become wives for his employees. From the candidates he selects 138 who seem able to survive a months long journey across "The Great American Desert" and the Rocky Mountains. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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The BIG M-G-M Spectacle!

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Japanese | Italian

Release Date:

31 December 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pioneer Women See more »

Filming Locations:

Death Valley, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,203,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,640,000, 31 December 1951

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,996,000, 31 December 1951
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) 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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Trivia

Finnish censorship visa register # 36817 delivered on 23-9-1952. See more »

Goofs

In the movie, which was supposed to be set in 1851, Buck is using, what appears to be, a Colt 45 Peacemaker. Only problem is, this type of revolver was not invented until the 1870's. See more »

Quotes

Buck Wyatt: [to Patience, as she sits with the unconscious Mrs. Maroni] Talk to her, Patience.
Patience Hawley: Thanks... what'll I use for language?
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Crazy Credits

The MGM lion, instead of roaring, is frozen in place. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Challenge the Wilderness (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

To The West! To The West!
By Henry Russell
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Not Just Another Pretty Face!
3 June 2001 | by baadpatSee all my reviews

Robert Taylor spent many years trying to overcome the "pretty boy" image of his early years in Hollywood. He yearned for the meatier tough guy roles and he loved the Western genre. He also had a flair for comedy that was not utilized (or recognized) enough in his career.

Westward The Women is a special film because of the incredible cast of female character actresses that populate it. I couldn't even speculate on the names of most of these delightful women but they are some of the more instantly recognizable faces that we never seem to be able to put a name to.

Each time I watch this film, the last "scene" (so to speak) is like the dessert at the end of a good meal. I eagerly anticipate it but control myself long enough to enjoy the movie. I have seen this movie countless times and seem never to tire of it. I hope others find this movie as special as I have over the last forty years.


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