Cimarron (1960)

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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.


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  • Glenn Ford and Maria Schell in Cimarron (1960)
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23 September 2008 | ryancm
6
| Good but not great
There is a lot right with CIMARRON, but a lot wrong too. Now on DVD in a great transfer/wide screen/stereo sound, it's interesting viewing. Not having read the book I can't compare, but there are several plot doings that don't have any conclusions. The movie is an epic of sorts and would have run hours if everything came together. A bit illocgical at times. Main plot line is Glenn Ford and Maria Schell a newlyweds coming to settle in Oklahoma when free land is available. In the span of over 30 years there is much going happening both good and bad, just like in real life. If I hadn't seen Glenn Ford in so many films I would think his performance would be excellent, but he kind of mumbles and hems and hahs every other sentence in every film he's in. He acts very much like he did in TEASHOUSE OF THE AUGUST MOON just a few years earlier. Better direction was needed for his character. Maria Shell was quite wonderful in a difficult role and she's in almost every frame the last 1/4th of the movie. The support actors are all good to fair. Russ Tamblyn disappoints as the baddie. Anne Baxter does well in an ill-defined role. Looks like most of her performance ended up on the cutting room floor or wasn't even filmed. Too many conflicts go unresolved...but it's still an interesting film with much to admire, especially the the cinematography and music score. Worth a look.

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Trivia

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.


Quotes

Tom Wyatt: I hit oil! Oil! It's oil!


Goofs

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.


Crazy Credits

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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Cimarron
Lyrics by
Paul Francis Webster
Music by Franz Waxman
Sung by Roger Wagner Chorale (as The Roger Wagner Chorale)

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Genres

Drama | Romance | Western

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