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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 Whitman
Julie Bishop ... Laurie Smith
Lenore Lonergan Lenore Lonergan ... Maggie O'Malley
Henry Nakamura ... Ito Kentaro
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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Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

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)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When this film was broadcast on Spanish TV in 1985, in a remote mountain village near the French border where most of the inhabitants were male it inspired them to place an ad in some papers, requesting potential female partners from all over the country to come and marry the lonely country boys. As a result, a caravan of coaches loaded with dozens of young women from all over Spain turned up at the village for the blind date, and that day many of those lonely boys found the women of their lives. See more »

Goofs

Laurie is seen grabbing a couple of the women's arms after they remove her dead body out of the wagon during the thunderstorm. 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 »

Alternate Versions

Avalable in a colorized version on home video from Turner/MGM Home Video. Like many colorized versions of films, it was not authorized nor approved by anyone who worked on the film. See more »

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Wonderful portrayal of women going West
31 July 1999 | by Janelle-3See all my reviews

I've seen this movie several times on the late-late show and have enjoyed it each time. What a great portrayal of women and how they had the courage and fortitude to go where they perhaps had a chance for a new life. Hardships galore, inner strengths found, new love. The women (especially the older gal) were wonderful and showed us how difficult it must have been to take on such a dangerous trip across the country. Everything possible happened to them yet they still kept their determination alive to reach their destination. Proud and glorious movie.


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