The Girl of the Golden West (1930)

Western | 12 October 1930

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HISTORY

There have been several screen adaptations of the David Belasco play. For information on those films, see the entry below for the 1938 M-G-M musical The Girl of the Golden West , directed by Robert Z. Leonard and starring Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson ... More Less

There have been several screen adaptations of the David Belasco play. For information on those films, see the entry below for the 1938 M-G-M musical The Girl of the Golden West , directed by Robert Z. Leonard and starring Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Chicago Tribune
11 Oct 1930
p. 15.
Film Daily
26 Oct 1930.
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Los Angeles Times
15 Sep 1930
p. A7.
New York Times
27 Oct 1930
p. 26.
Variety
29 Oct 1930
p. 15.
DETAILS
Release Date:
12 October 1930
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 14 September 1930
Copyright Claimant:
First National Pictures
Copyright Date:
5 October 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1611
Physical Properties:
Sound
Vitaphone
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,750 , 7,276
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Minnie, the young owner of the Polka Saloon in Northern California, is a friend and confidant to all of the miners who frequent her saloon. Sheriff Jack Rance, a former gambler, is in love with Minnie and wants to marry her, but has kept secret the fact that he already is married to another woman. Minnie refuses him and all other suitors. One day, a wounded bandit who calls himself Dick Johnson determines to rob the Polka of all of the gold which the miners keep there. However, when Dick meets Minnie, she kindly dresses his wounds, causing him to change his mind. Minnie and Dick soon fall in love, but a jealous Rance is determined to see Dick hanged. Minnie hides Dick in her cabin in the woods, but he is discovered. Minnie then wins his freedom in a poker game with Rance and, with the help of her loyal friends, she and Dick are able to find happiness ... +


Minnie, the young owner of the Polka Saloon in Northern California, is a friend and confidant to all of the miners who frequent her saloon. Sheriff Jack Rance, a former gambler, is in love with Minnie and wants to marry her, but has kept secret the fact that he already is married to another woman. Minnie refuses him and all other suitors. One day, a wounded bandit who calls himself Dick Johnson determines to rob the Polka of all of the gold which the miners keep there. However, when Dick meets Minnie, she kindly dresses his wounds, causing him to change his mind. Minnie and Dick soon fall in love, but a jealous Rance is determined to see Dick hanged. Minnie hides Dick in her cabin in the woods, but he is discovered. Minnie then wins his freedom in a poker game with Rance and, with the help of her loyal friends, she and Dick are able to find happiness together. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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