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The Gal Who Took the West (1949)

Approved | | Comedy, 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.

Director:

Frederick De Cordova (as Frederick de Cordova)

Writers:

William Bowers (story), Oscar Brodney (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

ROARING STORY OF THE WEST'S WILDEST FEUD...and the GAL who split an empire wide open! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gal Who Took the West See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »


Soundtracks

Frankie and Johnnie
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung and Danced by Yvonne De Carlo
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Classic Western - and a great film.
26 June 2006 | by bradywestwaterSee all my reviews

Other than THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE, I do not know of another Western that as accurately captures the true nature of the West - and the men and women who settled it. The plot is that of a romantic comedy, but the characters are wonderfully written and acted - far better than in most 'serious' films.

The two brothers battling each other for the affection of one women is both funny - and dramatically believable. And the telling of the story from three different points of view is superbly done.

In my opinion, this is one of the most under-rated films ever made in Hollywood.

Don't miss it!


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