When the government opens up the Oklahoma territory for settlement, restless Yancey Cravat claims a plot of the free land for himself and moves his family there from Wichita. A newspaperman, lawyer, and just about everything else, Cravat soon becomes a leading citizen of the boom town of Osage. Once the town is established, however, he begins to feel confined once again, and heads for the Cherokee Strip, leaving his family behind. During this and other absences, his wife Sabra must learn to take care of herself and soon becomes prominent in her own right.Written by
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LIKE A FLAME-SHOT METEOR SWIRLING TO EARTH Tender as the Touch of Loving Hands- Yet Bursting Across the Screen with the Almighty Power of Creation's Unlocked Fury! (Print Ad- New York Sun, ((New York NY)) 21 January 1931) See more »
One of the first talkies that took place nearly all out of doors. To this end, RKO purchased eighty-nine acres in Encino, California, for the construction of Max Rée's spectacular, Oscar-winning design of a complete western town, representing the fictional Oklahoma boom town of Osage. See more »
During the period of the film set in 1907, Yancey is the Progressive Party's candidate for governor of Oklahoma. The Progressive Party did not form until 1912, and then disbanded after Theodore Roosevelt's unsuccessful third party candidacy that year. See more »
Why, we've had enough of this Wichita. We're goin' out to a brand new two-fisted, rip snortin' country full of Indians, rattlesnakes, gun toters and desperados. Whoopee!
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very good in its day--doesn't translate well to the 21st century
This is a Western and Westerns don't usually get Best Picture Oscars, but coming out in 1931, the Academy was apparently much more willing to bestow this honor on this type of film. Unfortunately, when seen today, the film seems terribly ordinary and possessing relatively lousy sound. However, some of this can't be blamed on the picture. Poor sound was a problem with many movies from 1927-1931. Plus, a lot of the clichés you see in this Western weren't clichés when the film premiered. Still, even when you consider this, I find it really hard to imagine that this movie was indeed the best film of the year because it just doesn't seem that out of the ordinary. Sorry, but I wasn't bowled over by this story--it seems like just another early Western.
For a better Western film starring Richard Dix, try THE CONQUERORS. The sound is much better and the story is far more engaging.
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