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Three Faces West

  • Action
  • Drama
  • 1940
  • Bernard Vorhaus
  • 75 mins
  • PG

Summary

Viennese surgeon Dr. Braun and his daughter Leni come to a small town in North Dakota as refugees from Hitler. When the winds of the Dust Bowl threaten the town, John Phillips leads the townsfolk in moving to greener pastures in Oregon. He falls for Leni, but she is betrothed to the man who helped her and her father escape from the Third Reich. She must make a decision between the two men.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

This modern western was one of John Wayne's first pictures at his home studio, Republic, after he'd become a hot box-office draw on loan-out for Stagecoach. It attempts to cash in on John Ford's The Grapes of Wrath by featuring the plight of Dust Bowl farmers as well as being a story about refugees from Nazi Germany settling in America. Wayne arranges for Charles Coburn's eminent Viennese surgeon and his daughter, played by Norwegian actress Sigrid Gurie, to move away from the doomed farming area and settle in Oregon. Preaching self-help and optimism, the film shows no sign of a left-wing viewpoint, though the director, Bernard Vorhaus, and one of the writers, Samuel Ornitz, were later blacklisted.

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Credits

Cast

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JohnJohn Wayne
LeniSigrid Gurie
Dr BraunCharles Coburn
NunkSpencer Charters
Mrs WellesHelen MacKellar
EricRoland Varno
Billy WellesSonny Bupp
HarrisWade Boteler
HigginsTrevor Bardette
MinisterRussell Simpson
Dr ThorpeCharles Waldron
Radio announcerWendell Niles

Crew

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DirectorBernard Vorhaus

Details

Released on
1940-11-11
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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