Go West (1940)

79 mins | Western | 6 December 1940

Director:

Edward Buzzell

Writer:

Irving Brecher

Producer:

Jack Cummings

Cinematographer:

Leonard Smith

Editor:

Blanche Sewell

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Marx Brothers Go West. According to a pre-production news items in HR, Everett Freeman and Dore Schary worked on the screenplay and Nat Perrin worked with Irving Brecher on the polish. ...

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The working title of this film was Marx Brothers Go West. According to a pre-production news items in HR, Everett Freeman and Dore Schary worked on the screenplay and Nat Perrin worked with Irving Brecher on the polish.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
11 Dec 1940
p. 3
Film Daily
11 Dec 1940
p. 5
Hollywood Reporter
9 Dec 1939
p. 1
Hollywood Reporter
13 Jan 1940
p. 1
Hollywood Reporter
1 Apr 1940
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
22 May 1940
p. 4
Hollywood Reporter
19 Jun 1940
p. 13
Hollywood Reporter
15 Jul 1940
p. 9
Hollywood Reporter
7 Oct 1940
p. 10
Hollywood Reporter
11 Dec 1940
p. 3
Motion Picture Daily
11 Dec 1940
p. 3
Motion Picture Herald
14 Dec 1940
p. 40
New York Times
21 Feb 1941
p. 16
Variety
18 Dec 1940
p. 16
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Women's cost
Men's cost
MUSIC
Georgie Stoll
Mus dir
SOUND
Rec dir
DANCE
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
SOURCES
SONGS
"As If I Didn't Know," "You Can't Argue with Love," words and music by Bronislau Kaper and Gus Kahn; "Riding the Range," words and music by Roger Edens and Gus Kahn; "From the Land of Sky Blue Water," words and music by Charles Wakefield Cadman.
SONGWRITERS/COMPOSERS
+
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Marx Brothers Go West
Release Date:
6 December 1940
Production Date:
13 Jul--5 Oct 1940
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Loew's Inc.
11 December 1940
LP10112
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
79
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6798
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Brothers Joe and "Rusty" Panello are westward bound, where the "streets are paved with gold," when they flim flam S. Quentin Quale out of enough money to pay for their train fare. Meanwhile, westerner Terry Turner convinces the New York and Western Railroad to buy Dead Man's Curve, the parcel of land owned by Dan Wilson, so that the feud between the Wilson and Turner families will end and Terry will be able to marry Dan's granddaughter Eve. Out West, Joe and Rusty meet Wilson, who gives them the deed to Dead Man's Curve as security for a ten dollar loan. Later, Joe uses the deed to write an I. O. U. for a ten cent beer in the saloon owned by "Red" Baxter, a crooked promoter who is trying to sell the railroad his own land. Afterward, Joe and Rusty learn the value of the deed when Baxter's partner, John Beecher, arrives in town posing as a railroad representative interested in buying the land. S. Quentin Quale, after a long hitchhike, finally arrives West himself, and forces up the bid by counter-bidding on Beecher's offer. The trio of tenderfeet then steal the deed from the saloon, but Beecher and Baxter steal it back. Determined to win the land back for Terry and Eve, the trio hold up Baxter and jump the train headed for New York. Realizing that their only chance to sell the railroad their own land is to beat the trio to New York, Baxter and Beecher engage in a furious fight with the boys aboard the Eastbound train, and then hijack a carriage and race the train East. Things look bad ...

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Brothers Joe and "Rusty" Panello are westward bound, where the "streets are paved with gold," when they flim flam S. Quentin Quale out of enough money to pay for their train fare. Meanwhile, westerner Terry Turner convinces the New York and Western Railroad to buy Dead Man's Curve, the parcel of land owned by Dan Wilson, so that the feud between the Wilson and Turner families will end and Terry will be able to marry Dan's granddaughter Eve. Out West, Joe and Rusty meet Wilson, who gives them the deed to Dead Man's Curve as security for a ten dollar loan. Later, Joe uses the deed to write an I. O. U. for a ten cent beer in the saloon owned by "Red" Baxter, a crooked promoter who is trying to sell the railroad his own land. Afterward, Joe and Rusty learn the value of the deed when Baxter's partner, John Beecher, arrives in town posing as a railroad representative interested in buying the land. S. Quentin Quale, after a long hitchhike, finally arrives West himself, and forces up the bid by counter-bidding on Beecher's offer. The trio of tenderfeet then steal the deed from the saloon, but Beecher and Baxter steal it back. Determined to win the land back for Terry and Eve, the trio hold up Baxter and jump the train headed for New York. Realizing that their only chance to sell the railroad their own land is to beat the trio to New York, Baxter and Beecher engage in a furious fight with the boys aboard the Eastbound train, and then hijack a carriage and race the train East. Things look bad when the train runs out of fuel, but the boys dismantle the railroad cars to feed the engine and drive Baxter and Beecher off the tracks and out of the bidding.

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GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
with songs


Subject

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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