How the West Was Won
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How the West Was Won

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Director: Henry Hathaway, John Ford, George Marshall

Cast: Henry Hathaway, John Ford, George Marshall, James Stewart

     
 

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Filmed in panoramic Cinerama, this star-studded, epic Western adventure is a true cinematic classic. Three legendary directors (Henry Hathaway, John Ford, and George Marshall) combine their skills to tell the story of three families and their travels from the Erie Canal to California between 1839 and 1889. Spencer Tracy narrates the film, which cost an estimated 15… See more details below

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Filmed in panoramic Cinerama, this star-studded, epic Western adventure is a true cinematic classic. Three legendary directors (Henry Hathaway, John Ford, and George Marshall) combine their skills to tell the story of three families and their travels from the Erie Canal to California between 1839 and 1889. Spencer Tracy narrates the film, which cost an estimated 15 million dollars to complete. In the first segment, "The Rivers," pioneer Zebulon Prescott (Karl Malden) sets out to settle in the West with his wife (Agnes Moorehead) and their four children. Along with other settlers and river pirates, they run into mountain man Linus Rawlings (James Stewart), who sells animal hides. The Prescotts try to raft down the Ohio River in a raft, but only daughters Lilith (Debbie Reynolds) and Eve (Carroll Baker) survive. Eve and Linus get married, while Lilith continues on. In the second segment, "The Plains," Lilith ends up singing in a saloon in St. Louis, but she really wants to head west in a wagon train led by Roger Morgan (Robert Preston). Along the way, she's accompanied by the roguish gambler Cleve Van Valen (Gregory Peck), who claims he can protect her. After he saves her life during an Indian attack, they get married and move to San Francisco. In the third segment, "The Civil War," Eve and Linus' son, Zeb (George Peppard), fights for the Union. After he's forced to kill his Confederate friend, he returns home and gives the family farm to his brother. In the fourth segment, "The Railroads," Zeb fights with his railroad boss (Richard Widmark), who wants to cut straight through Indian territory. Zeb's co-worker Jethro (Henry Fonda) refuses to cut through the land, so he quits and moves to the mountains. After the railway camp is destroyed, Zeb heads for the mountains to visit him. In the fifth segment, "The Outlaws," Lilith is an old widow traveling from California to Arizona to stay with her nephew Zeb on his ranch. However, he has to fight a gang of desperadoes first. How the West Was Won garnered three Oscars, for screenplay, film editing, and sound production.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2008
UPC:
0883929026487
Original Release:
1962
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:44:00
Sales rank:
7,327

Special Features

New historian commentary; Acclaimed bonus movie Cinerama Adventure, nostalgically chronicling the history of How the West Was Won's unique filmmaking process; Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Stewart Linus Rawlings
Henry Fonda Jethro Stuart
Gregory Peck Cleve Van Valen
Debbie Reynolds Lilith Prescott
Richard Widmark Mike King
George Peppard Zeb Rawlings
Karl Malden Zebulon Prescott
John Wayne Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman
Carolyn Jones Julie Rawlings
Robert Preston Roger Morgan
Eli Wallach Charlie Gant
Carroll Baker Eve Prescott
Lee J. Cobb Marshal Lou Ramsey
Brigid Bazlen Dora Hawkins
Walter Brennan Col. Hawkins
David Brian Attorney
Andy Devine Corporal Peterson
Raymond Massey Abraham Lincoln
Agnes Moorehead Rebecca Prescott
Thelma Ritter Agathe Clegg
Mickey Shaughnessy Dep. Stover
Russ Tamblyn Confederate deserter
Willis B. Bouchey Surgeon
Henry "Harry" Morgan Gen. Ulysses S. Grant
Walter Reed Actor
Joe Sawyer Ship's Officer
Carleton Young Union Soldier
Spencer Tracy Narrator
Kim Charney Sam Prescott
Jay C. Flippen Huggins
Claude Johnson Jeremiah Rawlings
Tudor Owen Parson Harvey
Jamie Ross Bruce
Bryan Russell Zeke Prescott
Clinton Sundberg Hylan Seabury
Lee Van Cleef Marty
Ken Curtis Union Soldier
John Damler Lawyer
Ken Dibbs Blacksmith
William Henry Staff Officer
Roy Jenson Henchman
Robert Nash Lawyer
Harvey Parry Henchman
Jack Pennick Corporal Murphy
Gil Perkins Henchman
Victor Romito Henchman
Harry Dean Stanton Gant gang member (billed as Dean Stanton)
Karl Swenson Train conductor
Jack Lambert Gant henchman
Christopher Dark Poker player
Gene Roth Riverboat poker player
James Griffith Poker player
Walter Burke Wagon poker player
John Larch Grimes
J. Edward McKinley Auctioneer
Mark Allen Colin
Charlie Briggs Barker
Paul Bryar Auctioneer's assistant
Beulah Archuletta Indian woman
Chuck Roberson Union soldier/stunts
Boyd "Red" Morgan Stunts
Rodopho (Rudy) Acosta Gant gang member
Sol (Saul) Gorss Henchman
Harry Monty Uncredited

Technical Credits
Henry Hathaway Director
John Ford Director
George Marshall Director
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
Ken Darby Score Composer
George W. Davis Art Director
William Ferrari Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
Don Greenwood Set Decoration/Design
Dave Guard Songwriter
Addison Hehr Art Director
Robert R. Hoag Special Effects
Loren Janes Stunts
Milton Krasner Cinematographer
Harold Kress Editor
Joseph La Shelle Cinematographer
Charles B. Lang Cinematographer
William McGarry Asst. Director
Johnny Mercer Songwriter
Jack Mills Set Decoration/Design
Alfred Newman Score Composer
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Saunders Asst. Director
William Shanks Asst. Director
Robert Sidney Choreography
Bernard Smith Producer
Wingate Smith Asst. Director
William J. Tuttle Makeup
James R. Webb Screenwriter
Harold E. Wellman Cinematographer
Whiskeyhill Singers Songwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- How the West Was Won: The Movie - Part I
1. Overture [4:30]
2. Credits [3:08]
3. Westward Expansion [3:20]
4. The Prescotts [4:24]
5. Linus Rawlings [4:26]
6. Kissed Permanent [5:32]
7. Carved Sentiments [2:29]
8. Cave-Dwelling Varmints [4:47]
9. I'll See You Burn [5:55]
10. Rapids Ahead [4:33]
11. Strong-Minded Woman [5:04]
12. Lily's Goldmine [5:07]
13. Alone and Single [4:46]
14. Hired Man [5:34]
15. Raise a Ruckus Tonight [2:02]
16. Morgan's Proposal [2:14]
17. Cheyenne Attack [4:44]
18. Brooks Claim [3:04]
19. What Was Your Name in the States? [1:04]
20. Second Time Around [3:09]
21. A Home in the Meadow [3:55]
22. Intermission [:40]
Disc #2 -- How the West Was Won: The Movie - Part II
23. Entr'acte [4:41]
24. Zeb Off to War [7:43]
25. The Deserters [4:57]
26. Sherman and Grant [3:07]
27. Homecoming and Going [5:44]
28. Railroad Troubles [3:36]
29. The Peacekeepers [4:08]
30. White Lies [6:18]
31. Buffalo Stampede [5:15]
32. Climb a Higher Hill [2:38]
33. Lily's Hard Times [3:16]
34. Gold City Arrivals [4:19]
35. One of These Days [4:51]
36. Duty-Bound [3:59]
37. Gold Train Gunfight [4:22]
38. Lethally Loose Cargo [3:12]
39. A Home in the Meadow (2) [1:59]
40. Western Landscapes [2:59]
41. Exit Music [2:39]
Disc #3 -- How the West Was Won: The Movie - Special Features
1. Introduction [5:23]
2. In the Picture [5:08]
3. Waller's Vision [4:53]
4. Gunnery Trainer [3:49]
5. Thomas, Reeves, Todd and Cooper [6:31]
6. Widescreen Catalyst [5:07]
7. Stereophonic Sound [3:29]
8. Marketing and PR [4:36]
9. World Ambassador [5:47]
10. Mantz at the Wheel [5:33]
11. Volcanic Activity [4:46]
12. Cameraman [3:59]
13. Tragedy in Paradise [6:32]
14. High Adventure [4:23]
15. Cinerama Convoy [4:53]
16. How the West Was Won [9:23]
17. Exhibition [4:52]
18. Legacy [2:31]
19. End Credits [5:03]

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