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The Gal Who Took the West

The Gal Who Took the West is a 1949 American Technicolor Western film directed by Frederick de Cordova starring Yvonne De Carlo, Charles Coburn, Scott Brady and John Russell.[1] It was nominated for an award by the Writers Guild of America 1950.[2]

The Gal Who Took the West
Directed byFrederick de Cordova
Produced byRobert Arthur
Screenplay byWilliam Bowers
Oscar Brodney
Story byWilliam Bowers
Oscar Brodney
StarringYvonne De Carlo
Charles Coburn
Scott Brady
John Russell
Music byFrank Skinner
CinematographyWilliam H. Daniels
Edited byMilton Carruth
Production
company
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • September¬†1949¬†(1949-09) (United States)
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

PlotEdit

A journalist is writing an article on the O'Hara family of Arizona. They tell about the time in the 1890s when a girl, Lily, was caught in a feud between two O'Haras.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

The film was originally known as The Western Story. It was the idea of William Bowers, about three interpretations of a single incident in the life of a Western pioneer; it would be told in flashback from an old person's home. William Bowers and Robert Arthur were assigned to make it in December 1947.[3]

In April 1948, Deanna Durbin and Charles Coburn were announced for the lead roles.[4] Jerome Hines was signed for a support role.[5]

By November, Durbin had dropped out and Universal replaced her with Yvonne de Carlo.[6] Stephen McNally and Howard Duff were given support roles.[7] They dropped out and were replaced by Scott Brady and John Russell (the latter borrowed from 20th Century Fox).[8]

Filming started in February 1949. The film was retitled The Gal Who Took the West during editing.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.allrovi.com/movies/movie/the-gal-who-took-the-west-v92554
  2. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0041400/awards
  3. ^ Bowers and Arthur Will Do 'The Western Story,' Novel Film on Pioneers, for U-I By THOMAS F. BRADY Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]13 Dec 1947: 12.
  4. ^ JOHNSON TO MAKE 'THE PURPLE MASK': Producer and U-1 Get Rights to Matheson Lang's Play -- Story of Napoleonic Era By THOMAS F. BRADY Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]13 Apr 1948: 33.
  5. ^ 20th to Seek Bergman; Valli Bid for Wine Epic Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File); Los Angeles, Calif. [Los Angeles, Calif]21 Apr 1948: 23.
  6. ^ YVONNE DE CARLO GETS LEAD IN FILM: Takes Role in 'Western Story' in Place of Deanna Durbin -- De Cordova to Direct By THOMAS F. BRADY Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 27 Nov 1948: 11.
  7. ^ F M. PAC KARD SIGNS PACT AT COLUMBIA: Son-in-Law of J. Arthur Rank Will Be Studio Producer -Two Directors Named By THOMAS F. BRADY Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]02 Dec 1948: 39.
  8. ^ DE SYLVA WORKING ON MOVIE OF BARA: Discussing Deal With Columbia for Story on Actress' Life -- Hutton May Do Role By THOMAS F. BRADY Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]21 Jan 1949: 25.
  9. ^ VAN JOHNSON GETS METRO FILM LEAD: Named for Role in Taurog's 'Please Believe Me' -- Color Firm Splits Its Stock By THOMAS F. BRADY Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]15 June 1949: 39.

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