Cimarron

Cimarron

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Director: Wesley Ruggles

Cast: Richard Dix, Irene Dunne, Estelle Taylor

     
 

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Cimarron was the first Western to win the Oscar for Best Picture--and, until Dances with Wolves in 1990, the only one. The film begins on April 22, 1889, the opening day of the great Oklahoma Land Rush on the Cherokee Strip. Boisterous Yancey Cravat (Richard Dix) is cheated out of his land claim by the devious Dixie Lee (Estelle Taylor). Instead ofSee more details below

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Overview

Cimarron was the first Western to win the Oscar for Best Picture--and, until Dances with Wolves in 1990, the only one. The film begins on April 22, 1889, the opening day of the great Oklahoma Land Rush on the Cherokee Strip. Boisterous Yancey Cravat (Richard Dix) is cheated out of his land claim by the devious Dixie Lee (Estelle Taylor). Instead of becoming a homesteader, Cravat establishes a muckraking newspaper, and with pistols in hand he becomes a widely respected (and widely feared) peacekeeper. He also displays a compassionate streak by coming to the defense of Dixie Lee, who is about to be arrested for prostitution. Cravat's insistence on sticking his nose into everyone's affairs drives a wedge between him and his young wife Sabra (Irene Dunne), but she stands by him--until he deserts her and her children, ever in pursuit of new adventures. Sabra takes over the newspaper herself, and with the moral support of her best friend, Mrs. Wyatt (Edna May Oliver), she creates a powerful publishing empire. Cimarron makes the mistake of placing most of the action early in the film, so that everything that follows the spectacular opening land-rush sequence may feel anti-climactic. While it's always enjoyable to watch Irene Dunne persevering through the years, it's rather wearing to sit through the overblown performance of Richard Dix, who seems to think that he can't make a point unless it's at the top of his lungs. Cimarron creaks badly when seen today, but it still outclasses the plodding 1960 remake.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
According to Hollywood lore, Cimarron's famous Oklahoma Land Rush sequence was filmed near Bakersfield, CA, and included 47 camera operators and 5,000 dress extras. The scene, which to a modern viewer suggests some heavy borrowing from William S. Hart's similar sequence in the silent Tumbleweeds (1925), remains Cimarron's centerpiece and tends to dwarf the empire building sweep of Edna Ferber's original novel. And, to be frank, the remaining hour or so of political intrigue is rather ponderous and dull in comparison. Richard Dix and Irene Dunne grow old according to Hollywood tradition by graying slightly at the temples and the rest of the immense cast seems in awe of the entire enterprise. According to Hollywood lore, Cimarron lost money despite earning a Best Picture Academy Award and it is easy to see why. The whole enterprise seems lopsided and never recovers from that amazing land rush sequence early on in the proceedings.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/31/2006
UPC:
0012569528727
Original Release:
1930
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:03:00
Sales rank:
29,444

Special Features

Closed Caption; Vintage musical short The Devil's Cabaret; Classic cartoon Red-Headed Baby; Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Dix Yancey Cravat
Irene Dunne Sabra Cravat
Estelle Taylor Dixie Lee
Nance O'Neil Felice Venable
William Collier The Kid
Roscoe Ates Jess Rickey
George E. Stone Sol Levy
Robert McWade Louie Heffner
Edna May Oliver Mrs. Tracy Wyatt
Frank Darien Mr. Bixby
Eugene Jackson Isaiah
Dolores Brown Baby Big Elk Eldest
Gloria Vonic Baby Big Elk Youngster
Otto Hoffman Murch Rankin
William Orlamond Grat Gotch
Frank Beal Louis Venable
Nancy Dover Donna Cravat "Eldest"
Helen Parrish Donna Cravat "Younger"
Junior Johnson Cim "Younger"
Douglas Scott Cim "Youngest"
Reggie Streeter Yancey, Jr.
Ann Lee Aunt Cassandra
Tyrone Brereton Dabney Venable
Nell Craig Arminta Greenwood
Bob McKenzie Pat Leary
William Janney Worker
Bob Kortman Killer
Dennis O'Keefe Extra
Stanley Fields Lon Yountis
Henry Roquemore Jonett Goforth
Donald Dilloway Cim (older)
Frederick Burt Actor
William P. Burt Actor
Frank O'Connor Actor

Technical Credits
Wesley Ruggles Director
William Le Baron Producer
Edward J. Cronjager Cinematographer
Howard Estabrook Screenwriter
Edna Ferber Screenwriter
Willaim Hamilton Editor
Lloyd Knechtel Special Effects
Clem Portman Sound/Sound Designer
Max Ree Art Director,Costumes/Costume Designer
Louis Sarecky Producer
Max Steiner Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cimarron
1. Credits and Foreword [2:51]
2. Oklahoma Land Rush [4:34]
3. Dixie Lee's Claim [1:57]
4. Bound for the Cimarron [4:08]
5. Our First Real Home [5:06]
6. Osage [4:26]
7. Chance Encounters [4:08]
8. Friendly Shooting [4:16]
9. Hanging the Shingle [2:27]
10. Death Cry [3:28]
11. Sunday Finery [4:46]
12. Gathering for Meeting [2:45]
13. Hymn and Collection [5:25]
14. Sermon Shootout [4:52]
15. Sabra's Ambitions [4:21]
16. The Kid's Last Stand [5:29]
17. Losing Isaiah [2:54]
18. You Vicious Hussy [3:53]
19. Cherokee Run Chance [4:10]
20. Discussing Yancey [4:07]
21. Back Home [4:46]
22. Dixie on Trial [5:41]
23. The Verdict [4:42]
24. Never Anybody but You [2:39]
25. Wayward Children [3:01]
26. Filthy Politics [4:10]
27. Editorial Clash [2:22]
28. Forty Years in One Place [3:05]
29. Guest of Honor [3:10]
30. Almost All the Family [5:48]
31. Old Drifter's Passing [3:10]
32. Oklahoma Pioneer [:36]

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