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The Way West (1967)

Approved | | Adventure, Western | 24 May 1967 (USA)
In 1843, a former U.S. Senator leads a wagon train of settlers to Oregon, but his megalomania leads to growing dissatisfaction with his leadership.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Senator William J. Tadlock
... Dick Summers
... Lije Evans
... Rebecca 'Becky' Evans
... Preacher Weatherby
... Sam Fairman
... Brownie Evans
... Mrs. McBee
... Mr. McBee (as Harry Carey)
Michael Witney ... Johnnie Mack
... Michael Moynihan
... Little Henry
... Mrs. Fairman (as Elizabeth Fraser)
... Captain Grant
Hal Lynch ... Big Henry
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In the mid nineteenth century, Senator William J. Tadlock leads a group of settlers overland in a quest to start a new settlement in the Western U.S. Tadlock is a highly principled and demanding taskmaster who is as hard on himself as he is on those who have joined his wagon train. He clashes with one of the new settlers, Lije Evans, who doesn't quite appreciate Tadlock's ways. Along the way, the families must face death and heartbreak and a sampling of frontier justice when one of them accidentally kills a young Indian boy. Written by garykmcd

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Harold Hecht's The Way West  »

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Trivia

This was first announced as starring John Wayne in 1951, two years after the source novel was published. See more »

Goofs

The movie shows the wagon train in Oregon, moving East in the middle of the action. The mountains of Central Oregon, are shown clearly in the background, while all around the actors are surrounded by cinder rock formed by recent (within 500 year) volcanic activity. This isn't anything you'd see along the trail. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[Mercy flirts silently with Brownie]
Lije Evans: Best not be lookin', Brownie.
Brownie Evans: I ain't lookin'... as hard as I can.
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Crazy Credits

Introducing Sally Field as "Mercy" and introducing Katherine Justice. See more »

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Referenced in Callan: Nice People Die at Home (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

The Way West
Music by Bronislau Kaper (uncredited)
Lyrics by Mack David
Sung by The Serendipity Singers (as Serendipity Singers)
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Ex-Senator Tadlock
24 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

This movie was based upon a true story, Although he was a Illinois Tadlock and not of the Texas strain...We still honor him because we all came from the original 1779 Tadlock English emigrant. Most of the Tadlock's have been Farmer/rancher or Builders. William has been a predominate name in our family along with the physical trait of the cleft chin (it was nice that Hollywood selected "Kirk Douglas" who also has a cleft chin to play a Tadlock) My Great Grand Father left Texas (Gonzales County) in the early 1900's He (Malcolm Tadlock) and his brother (Rutherford Hayes Tadlock) traveled west building brick buildings along the way. Rutherford went back to Texas while Malcolm settled in San Diego in 1916 and became one of the founding members of the La Mesa 1st Baptist church. He and his wife "V" raise 65 thousand long leg Chickens during both world wars on their small ranch at 51st and Amherst in La Mesa, Ca. Along with running the commercial fishing boat the "Yellow Tail". They lost one son "Junior" in the south pacific during WW2.

Steve Tadlock, Lakeside Ca. "God's Country" No stinking immoral liberal democrats here !!!


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