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How the West Was Won

164 min
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John Ford
Won 3 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 5 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 1963-02-20
Filming Locations: Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, California, USA
Budget: $15,000,000
Gross: $76,729 (USA) (31 December 2003)
Carroll Baker
Eve Prescott
Lee J. Cobb
Marshal Lou Ramsey
Henry Fonda
Jethro Stuart
Carolyn Jones
Julie Rawlings
Karl Malden
Zebulon Prescott
Gregory Peck
Cleve Van Valen
George Peppard
Zeb Rawlings
Robert Preston
Roger Morgan
Debbie Reynolds
Lilith Prescott
James Stewart
Linus Rawlings
Eli Wallach
Charlie Gant
John Wayne
Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman
Richard Widmark
Mike King
Brigid Bazlen
Dora Hawkins
Walter Brennan
Col. Jeb Hawkins
David Brian
Lilith's Attorney
Andy Devine
Cpl. Peterson
Raymond Massey
Abraham Lincoln
Agnes Moorehead
Rebecca Prescott
Harry Morgan
Gen. Ulysses S. Grant
Thelma Ritter
Agatha Clegg
Mickey Shaughnessy
Deputy Stover
Russ Tamblyn
Confederate deserter
Spencer Tracy
Narrated By (voice)
Rodolfo Acosta
Gant Gang Member (uncredited)
Mark Allen
Colin Harvey
Beulah Archuletta
Arapaho Woman (uncredited)
Frank Baker
Auction Spectator (uncredited)
Robert Banas
Dance Hall Dancer (uncredited)
Willis Bouchey
Surgeon (uncredited)
John Breen
Waiter (uncredited)
Charlie Briggs
Flying Arrow Barker (uncredited)
Paul Bryar
Auctioneer's Assistant (uncredited)
Walter Burke
Wagon Poker Player (uncredited)
Polly Burson
Stock Player (uncredited)
Kim Charney
Sam Prescott (uncredited)
Ken Curtis
Cpl. Ben (uncredited)
John Damler
Lawyer (uncredited)
Christopher Dark
Poker Player with Cleve (uncredited)
Kem Dibbs
Blacksmith (uncredited)
Craig Duncan
James Marshall (uncredited)
Ben Black Elk Sr.
Arapaho Chief
Jay C. Flippen
Huggins (uncredited)
Sol Gorss
River Pirate (uncredited)
Tom Greenway
James Griffith
Poker Player with Cleve (uncredited)
Barry Harvey
Angus Harvey (uncredited)
William Henry
Staff Officer (uncredited)
Jerry Holmes
Railroad Clerk (uncredited)
Roy Jenson
Henchman (uncredited)
Jack Lambert
Gant Henchman (uncredited)
John Larch
Grimes (uncredited)
Stanley Livingston
Prescott Rawlings (uncredited)
Harry Monty
River Pirate (uncredited)
Bob Morgan
Member of Train Robbery Gang (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan
River Pirate (uncredited)
Robert Nash
Lawyer (uncredited)
Cliff Osmond
Bartender (uncredited)
Tudor Owen
Parson Alec Harvey (uncredited)
Harvey Parry
Henchman (uncredited)
Jack Pennick
Cpl. Murphy (uncredited)
Gil Perkins
Henchman (uncredited)
Red Perkins
Union Soldier (uncredited)
Buddy Red Bow
Arapaho Man (uncredited)
Walter Reed
River Pirate (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson
Officer (uncredited)
Victor Romito
Henchman (uncredited)
Jamie Ross
Bruce Harvey (uncredited)
Gene Roth
Riverboat Poker Player (uncredited)
Bryan Russell
Zeke Prescott (uncredited)
Danny Sands
Trapeze Man (uncredited)
Joe Sawyer
Riverboat Officer (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre
Auction Spectator (uncredited)
Phil Schumacher
Bartender (uncredited)
Chief Sky Eagle
Arapajo Chief
Harry Dean Stanton
Gant Henchman (uncredited)
Clinton Sundberg
Hylan Seabury (uncredited)
Karl Swenson
Train Conductor (uncredited)
Ken Terrell
River Pirate (uncredited)
Jack Tornek
Barfly (uncredited)
Lee Van Cleef
River Pirate (uncredited)
William Wellman Jr.
Officer #2 (uncredited)
Harry Wilson
Cattleman at Barricade (uncredited)
Carleton Young
Poker Player with Cleve (uncredited)
Did you know?
Since the three lenses of the Cinerama camera sat at angles to each other on the camera itself, it was very problematic for actors to film a scene as they would in front of a single-lensed camera. When their images were projected onto the three panels of the Cinerama screen, it would appear as though the actors were looking either slightly up-screen or slightly down-screen, and not directly at their fellow actors. This is very evident in a few scenes in the previous Cinerama film, The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962). However, by the time this film went into production, this problem was solved somewhat. In order to compensate for the lens angles, actors would have to look one-third of the way in and toward the camera, and pretend that they were looking at their fellow actors. Hence, when their images were projected onto the Cinerama screen, it would appear as though they were looking at each other. It was a very difficult process for actors, which is one of the reasons that three-panel Cinerama was abandoned for narrative films after this film was released.
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John Wayne shot the key cameo role of General Sherman in five days.
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Features more than 12,000 extras, including several Indian tribes.
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While she is refusing Morgan's proposal, Lilith's shoulder strap is on/off her shoulder between shots.
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A modern water tower appears in the background of a wide shot of troops during Mexican War narration.
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(at around 31 mins) The sign for the California wagon train lists Roger Ward as wagonmaster, but the wagonmaster, played by Robert Preston, is actually named Roger Morgan.
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Charlie Gant: One of these days I'm likely to pay you Rawlingses a little visit.
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Dora Hawkins: [after stabbing Linus Rawlings] Well, he see'd the varmint, Pa.
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Narrator: The west was won by its pioneers, settlers, adventurers is long gone now. Yet it is theirs forever, for they left tracks in history that will never be eroded by wind or rain - never plowed under by tractors, never buried in compost of events. Out of the hard simplicity of their lives, out of their vitality, of their hopes and sorrows grew legends of courage and pride to inspire their children and their children's children. From soil enriched by their blood, out of their fever to explore and be, came lakes where once there were burning deserts - came the goods of the earth; mine and wheat fields, orchards and great lumber mills. All the sinews of a growing country. Out of their rude settlements, their trading posts came cities to rank among the great ones of the world. All the heritage of a people free to dream, free to act, free to mold their own destiny.
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George Peppard---How Many Dye Jobs Did He Have?
Chicago Tribune, Saturday, April 7, 1962, pt. 2, p. 6, c. 1:LOOKING AT HOLLYWOODby Hedda HopperGeorge Peppard has had his hair dyed for the last time in "How the West Was Won." He had seven dye jobs done to make him age from 18 to 80. The picture is finished and he's reading new scripts. Universal-International wants him to join Rock Hudson in "Gathering of Eagles," and Carl Foreman's paging him for "The Victors." . . . .
How can I see How The West Was Won in CINERAMA?
For the casual viewer who wants to see this in CINERAMA, the possible closest way to do so is to purchase the How The West Was Won Special Edition on Blu-Ray disc. On Disc 2 of the set there is a "SmileBox" version of the film.The SmileBox process converts the film as if it was shown on a curved CINERAMA screen and the SmileBox process was used in the documentary Cinerama Adventure, available as part of the How The West Was Won Special Edition on standard DVD and Blu-Ray.At this time, the SmileBox version of How The West Was Won is not available on standard edition DVD.For the less casual viewer who wants to see it in actual Cinerama, it is occasionally shown in one of the few theaters still equipped for Cinerama projection. There will be five showings at the Seattle Cinerama theater between September 30 and October 16, 2011.This film is normally shown every year at the Bradford Film Festival in England. This year is no exception and it will be shown on Friday 27th April at 1930. It is an original 3 strip print and there are several other Cinerama films being shown that weekend.
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Photos from cast
Claude Johnson J. Edward McKinley