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Cimarron

  • Drama
  • 1960
  • Anthony Mann
  • 147 mins
  • U

Summary

The daughter of a wealthy family joins her husband in starting a new life on the frontier during a land rush. The couple grow remarkably successful through running a newspaper, and he is offered the chance to become governor - but to her horror, he chooses to put his ambitions to one side when he sees it means abandoning his principles. Western based on Edna Ferber's novel, starring Glenn Ford and Maria Schell.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

This dignified and worthy remake of the classic 1931 version of Edna Ferber's novel about the Oklahoma Land Rush is, sadly, a misfire. It's the very least of El Cid director Anthony Mann's works, marred by MGM's insistence on studio filming when locations were imperative, and by a hopelessly inept and miscast Maria Schell in the key role of Sabra Cravet. However, Glenn Ford delivers a superb performance as Yancey Cravet, the symbol of an era. The land rush itself is here shown in its complete version - it originally suffered from heavy re-editing - giving some indication of what it could have been with more care taken. Unfortunately, it remains little more than an insubstantial 19th-century melodrama, which is nevertheless, in part, still quite entertaining.

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Credits

Cast

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Yancey CravetGlenn Ford
Sabra CravetMaria Schell
Dixie LeeAnne Baxter
Tom WyattArthur O'Connell
Cherokee KidRuss Tamblyn
Sarah WyattMercedes McCambridge
WesVic Morrow
Sam PeglerRobert Keith (1)
Bob YountisCharles McGraw
Sol LevyDavid Opatoshu
Mrs PeglerAline MacMahon
Felicia VenableLili Darvas
Neal HefnerEdgar Buchanan
Mrs HefnerMary Wickes

Crew

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DirectorAnthony Mann

Details

Theatrical distributor
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Language
English
Formats
Colour
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