Approved | | Drama, Romance, Western
The Oklahoma Land Run of April 1889 sets the stage for an epic saga of a frontier adventurer, his wife and family and their friends.
There is a truly excellent Sfx sequence when Glenn Ford runs across the street outside his office to rescue his son from a galloping horse. The proximity of Ford and the little boy to the horse on close inspection reveals a masterful traveling matte which can only be discerned by the fact that the horse's shadow doesn't pass over Ford and the boy and for the very last frames does not seem to touch the ground as it runs by the camera.
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In the scene where Jessie Rickey is using a letterpress to print "wanted" posters of the Cherokee Kid and his gang, even though he handed a "fresh" copy to Yancey Cravat, he is running the press dry which would yield no printed impressions - on letterpresses of that type, ink would be applied to the lead type with a roller before the paper is laid down to be run through the press. Plus, he is taking the finished copies off and without looking placing them face down - any printer worth his salt would inspect every print for quality before setting it aside.
Opening credits prologue: At high noon April 22, 1889 a section of the last unsettled territories in America was to be given free to the first people who claimed it. They came from the north and they came from the south and they came from across the sea. In just one day an entire territory would be settled. A new state would be born. They called it Oklahoma.
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