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The Gal Who Took the West (1949)

Approved | | Comedy, Western | September 1949 (USA)
In order to gain passage to the West, a woman poses as an opera singer, and causes a feud between two cousins.


Frederick De Cordova (as Frederick de Cordova)


William Bowers (story), Oscar Brodney (story) | 2 more credits »
1 nomination. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
Yvonne De Carlo ... Lillian Marlowe
Charles Coburn ... Gen. Michael O'Hara
Scott Brady ... Lee O'Hara
John Russell ... Grant O'Hara
Myrna Dell ... Nancy
James Millican ... Hawley
Clem Bevans ... Hawley (as old Timer)
Robert R. Stephenson Robert R. Stephenson ... Ted (as Bob Stevenson)
Houseley Stevenson ... Ted (as old Timer)
Robin Short Robin Short ... Bartender
Russell Simpson ... Bartender (as old Timer)
John Litel ... Colonel Logan
James Todd James Todd ... Douglas Andrews
Edward Earle ... Mr. Nolan


In 1890s Arizona, General Michael O'Hara, the O'Hara family patriarch, builds an opera house and sends for an opera singer from the East. Unknown to everyone, the Eastern theatrical agent substitutes a real but unattractive opera singer for his own niece who is stunningly beautiful but is no opera singer. Her name is Lillian Marlowe and her singing is more vaudevillian and saloon-like rather than operatic. The O'Hara family owns much of the land and cattle in the region. However, the two nephews of General Michael O'Hara, Lee and Grant, do not get along. Only one of them stands to inherit the O'Hara fortune, once the General passes away. The whole region fears a bloody feud between the two young cousins after the eventual passing of the family patriarch. To make matters worse, when the attractive opera singer from the East arrives in town, to fulfill her singing contract with the O'Hara opera house, the two young O'Haras fall in-love with her. Unfortunately, pretty Lillian Marlowe ... Written by nufs68

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ROARING STORY OF THE WEST'S WILDEST FEUD...and the GAL who split an empire wide open! See more »


Comedy | Western


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Release Date:

September 1949 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This was Universal's only three-strip Technicolor release of the Forties not to receive a contemporary New York Times review. See more »


Clancy Lowered the Boom
Music by Johnny Lange
Lyrics by Hy Heath
Sung by Myrna Dell
Sung and Danced by Yvonne De Carlo
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The gal who made the wrong choice
10 July 2018 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Yvonne De Carlo (Lillian) rides into town and becomes the focus of attention for two cousins - Scott Brady (Lee) and John Russell (Grant) - who really don't like each other. They are both super powerful and run half of Arizona each. They are just waiting for old-timer Charles Coburn (General O'Hara) to pop his clogs and then they can battle it out to take complete control of the state.

The story is told in flashback as three old-timers relate their viewpoint of how De Carlo interacted with the two cousins and we learn what happened in the gaps between the stories. The film is basically about the rivalry between the two cousins with the added interest of who De Carlo will ultimately choose to procreate with. That's what we watch for - who will she choose?

The cast are pretty unpleasant - including De Carlo - apart from Coburn who is the funniest as is to be expected. He shines whilst the others don't in this completely unrealistic story. Throw in some terrible songs as well. Not a particularly good film.

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