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directed by William A. Wellman
USA 1951


They are rugged pioneers, Indian fighters and brave trailblazers who tame the wild west. These are the women of the great frontier - that's right - the women! Based on historical record, this wagon-train saga details a 2,000-mile journey from Chicago to California. The men seek gold; the women seek men. Both strike pay dirt! Buck Wyatt (Robert Taylor) is a tough, experienced scout who leads a wagon train comprised of two ex-show girls (Denise Darcel and Julie Bishop), a hearty widow (Hope Emerson) and fifteen men who act as guides. When one of the men disobeys Buck's orders not to fraternize with the ladies, Buck shoots him, causing the others to desert. Instead of turning back, the determined women insist on going on, learning to ride, shoot and drive mules. Although treacherous terrain and a deadly ambush lay ahead, these tough ladies are filled with the American frontier spirit, and nothing will stop them!


Theatrical Release: December 16th, 1951

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

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Runtime 1:56:12

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.33 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dolby Digital 1.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary by Film Historian Scott Eyman

• Promotional Featurette: Challenge the Wilderness (10:29)

• Theatrical trailer (3:36)

DVD Release Date: May 10th, 2012
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Westward the Women his a solid western. One of the writers was Frank Capra - who recalled an article written about a similar situation in South America - where women faced immense hardships to becomes brides of settlers.

It's dual-layered and progressive in the original 1.33:1 aspect ratio and looks strong. The image is a little soft but contrast seems strong and it is quite clean with only some infrequent speckles. Some of the impressive terrain is California, Utah and Arizona.

The mono sound is decent but unremarkable and there are no subtitles offered. Nice to see some supplements added - we have a thorough commentary from Scott Eyman author of Print the Legend: The Life and Times of John Ford and many other film books. The commentary covers quite a lot of Westward the Women. There is also a promotional featurette entitled Challenge the Wilderness which examines the link between the film and the history through details of clothes and location. Lastly, there is a theatrical trailer. 

Tremendous Wellman western with the positive-ness of Capra shining through. Robert Taylor is perfect and the gals are all great. Wonderful film experience and the SD does the job offering a solid presentation.  

  - Gary Tooze



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