Cimarron (1931)

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    • Cimarron (1931)





      Plot Summary
      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 George S. Davis

      Richard Dix ... Yancey Cravat
      Irene Dunne ... Sabra Cravat
      Estelle Taylor ... Dixie Lee
      Nance O'Neil ... Felice Venable
      William Collier Jr. ... The Kid
      Roscoe Ates ... Jesse Rickey (as Rosco Ates)
      George E. Stone ... Sol Levy
      Stanley Fields ... Lon Yountis
      Robert McWade ... Louis Hefner
      Edna May Oliver ... Mrs. Tracy Wyatt
      Judith Barrett ... Donna Cravat (as Nancy Dover)
      Eugene Jackson ... Isaiah
      Alice Adair ... (uncredited)
      Max Barwyn ... Sabra's Luncheon Greeter (uncredited)
      Frank Beal ... Louis Venable (uncredited)
      Tyrone Brereton ... Dabney Venable (uncredited)
      Dolores Brown ... Adult Ruby Big Elk (uncredited)
      Frederick Burt ... (uncredited)
      William P. Burt ... (uncredited)
      Lois Jane Campbell ... Felice Venable, Jr. (uncredited)
      Nino Cochise ... (uncredited)
      Heinie Conklin ... (uncredited)
      Nell Craig ... Arminta Greenwood (uncredited)
      Frank Darien ... Mr. Bixby (uncredited)
      Kay Deslys ... (uncredited)
      Don Dillaway ... Adult Cim (uncredited)
      William Elmer ... (uncredited)
      Edith Fellows ... (uncredited)
      Mildred Frizelle ... (uncredited)
      Barney Furey ... (uncredited)
      Otto Hoffman ... Murch Rankin (uncredited)
      Harry Holden ... (uncredited)
      Clara Hunt ... Indian Girl (uncredited)
      William Janney ... Man Phoning Ambulance (uncredited)
      Junior Johnson ... Child Cim (uncredited)
      Bob Kortman ... Killer (uncredited)
      Frank Lackteen ... Man Warning Yountis (uncredited)
      Ethan Laidlaw ... (uncredited)
      Lillian Lane ... Bella (uncredited)
      Ann Lee Ann Lee ... Aunt Cassandra (uncredited)
      Jack Leonard ... (uncredited)
      Walter P. Lewis ... (uncredited)
      George Lollier ... (uncredited)
      Timothy J. Lonergan ... (uncredited)
      Robert McKenzie ... Pat Leary (uncredited)
      Lew Meehan ... Gossipy Townsman (uncredited)
      Billy Mellman ... Minor Role (uncredited)
      Marion Mirsch ... (uncredited)
      Dennis O'Keefe ... (uncredited)
      William Orlamond ... Grat Gotch (uncredited)
      Helen Parrish ... Young Donna (uncredited)
      Dorothy Raye ... (uncredited)
      Henry Roquemore Henry Roquemore ... Jouett Goforth (uncredited)
      Apache Bill Russell ... (uncredited)
      Douglas Scott ... Toddler Cim (uncredited)
      Reginald Scott ... Yancey Jr. (uncredited)
      Dorothy Simms ... (uncredited)
      Carl Stockdale ... (uncredited)
      Reggie Streeter ... Yancey Jr (uncredited)
      Helen Trask ... (uncredited)
      Gloria Vonic ... Young Ruby Big Elk (uncredited)
      Ford West ... (uncredited)
      Lillian West ... (uncredited)
      Leo Willis ... (uncredited)

      William LeBaron ... producer
      Wesley Ruggles ... producer
      Louis Sarecky ... associate producer

      Max Steiner ... (uncredited)

      Wesley Ruggles ... (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Edna Ferber ... (novel)
      Howard Estabrook ... (screen version) (screen version) (dialogue)
      Louis Sarecky ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)

      Edward Cronjager ... (photographed by)

      This film has the lowest IMDb rating of all Best Picture Oscar winners as of December 2016 (6.0),
      along with Cavalcade (1933).

      The first Western to win an Oscar and the first Western to win a Best Picture Oscar.
      It would be another 59 years before a Western would win the
      Academy Award for Best Picture again when Dances with Wolves (1990) took the main prize.

      The land rush scene took a week to film, using 5,000 extras, 28 cameramen,
      6 still photographers and 27 camera assistants.

      The first film to receive more than six Academy Award nominations.

      Arguably the only winner of the Best Picture Oscar to lose money during its initial release.
      The film received excellent critical reviews,
      but its initial financial failure was blamed on its being released
      during one of the darkest periods of the Great Depression.

      The first film to be nominated for every major Academy Award, including Best Picture.

      The only internally-produced RKO film to ever win the Best Picture Oscar.
      The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) (AA: Best Picture, 1946)
      was a Samuel Goldwyn production distributed by RKO.

      One of the extras was Nino Cochise, the actual grandson of the great Chiricahua chief Cochise.
      He and his good friend Apache Bill Russell were in this movie as well as several others.

      RKO's most expensive film until Gunga Din (1939).

      The movie lost $565,000 on a budget of $1.433 million.
      It was re-released in 1935 and the red ink mostly disappeared off RKO's books.

      Yancey Cravat, the character played by Richard Dix,
      was based on real-life lawyer and gunfighter Temple Houston -
      the son of Sam Houston, whom Dix played in Man of Conquest (1939)
      and upon whom the 1960s western TV series Temple Houston (1963) was based.

      A then-record $125,000 was paid for the film rights to the novel.

      The second most popular movie at the US box office for 1931.

      According to Anthony Holden's book "Behind the Oscar" (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993),
      R.K.O. lost $5.5 million (approximately $58 million in 2003 dollars,
      when factoring in inflation) on the movie despite its winning a Best Picture Academy Award.

      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.

      Mr. Levy says "Moses wrote the Ten Commandments".
      In fact according to the bible Moses brought down the Ten Commandments
      that had been written in stone by God.

      Memorable Quotes
      Best Wishes
      London- England
    • Cimarron is a 1931 Pre-Code Western film directed by Wesley Ruggles,
      starring Richard Dix and Irene Dunne, and featuring Estelle Taylor and Roscoe Ates.

      The Oscar-winning script was written by Howard Estabrook based on the Edna Ferber novel Cimarron.
      It would be RKO's most expensive production up to that date,
      and its winning of the top Oscar for Best Production would be only one of two ever won by that studio.
      It is also one of the few Westerns to ever win the top honor at the Academy Awards.

      Epic in scope, spanning forty years from 1889 to 1929, it was a critical success,
      although it did not recoup its production costs during its initial run in 1931.


      User Review

      Quantity - not quality
      12 March 2006 | by Martin Bradley (Derry, Ireland)

      martin wrote:

      This gargantuan war-horse of a western epic won the Oscar as the Best Film of 1930/31 proving from the earliest days of the Academy it was quantity not quality that mattered and that big equalled best. Of course there wasn't much in the way competition, ("East Lynne", "The Front Page", "Skippy" and "Trader Horn").

      Much better films like "Morocco", "The Criminal Code" and "Little Caesar" failed to make the short-list. But it is still surprisingly robust and enjoyable in the way that these kind of movies sometimes are, (it's certainly a lot less po-faced than the dire 1960 remake), and it has some really good things in it; a great church meeting sequence and a very well staged hold-up culminating in a great moment when a young black boy is killed and is ignored in the general mêlée and is a brave scene for the period, and a sequence probably deemed too contentious for the remake.

      The acting, too, is a cut above the average for the time. A young, fresh-faced Irene Dunne is lovely and shows considerable promise here and Richard Dix has a kind of screen presence. It's ham and he plays to the gallery but he's very likable. Estelle Taylor is touching as the whore with the obligatory heart of gold and Edna May Oliver is very funny but in too small a role.

      It runs out of steam before the end. It's top heavy in the plot department, (based, as it is, on an Edna Ferber door-stopper), and characters come and go without making much of an impression. Often listed in polls of the worst films to win the Best Picture Oscar it has vigour and a complete lack of pretension. I'll take it any day over "A Beautiful Mind".
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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