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55 Ratings

Westward the Women

Directed by William A. Wellman
United States, 1951
Western, Comedy, Adventure


Buck Wyatt (Robert Taylor) is a tough, experienced scout who leads a wagon train full of women, including two prostitutes (Denise Darcel and Julie Bishop), a hearty widow (character great Hope Emerson), and an Italian immigrant widow, with fifteen men acting as guides.

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Westward the Women Directed by William A. Wellman

Critics reviews

…Westward Women is a strong candidate for Wellman’s finest western… The hars circumstances – a vision of blood, sweat, tears – could easily make the perspective of the promised land look like a hallucinatory dream, bound to vanish – but it does not. That is why he gives us a scene of a baby being born, with the art to create the feeling of a collective birth event.
July 01, 2014
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…This gives rise to the central irony of Westward the Women: only masculinized women could succeed in transporting femininity across the frontier. Wellman seems sensitive to this irony, presenting the women’s masculinization as a necessary survival tactic, forgoing an illustration of the superiority of masculine traits.
June 19, 2014
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