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The Golden West (1932)

Lovers David Lunch and Betty Summers are caught in the feud between their two families. When David kills the Summers son, he escapes to the West. He marries and when his boy is two he and ... See full summary »


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Zane Grey (original story), Gordon Rigby (screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
George O'Brien ... David Lynch / Motano
Janet Chandler ... Betty Summers / Betty Brown
Marion Burns ... Helen Sheppard
Arthur Pierson ... Robert Summers
Onslow Stevens ... Calvin Brown
Emmett Corrigan Emmett Corrigan ... Colonel Horace Summers
Bert Hanlon Bert Hanlon ... Dennis Epstein
Edmund Breese ... Sam Lynch


Lovers David Lunch and Betty Summers are caught in the feud between their two families. When David kills the Summers son, he escapes to the West. He marries and when his boy is two he and his wife are killed by Indians who take the boy. Twenty years later the boy is now the Indian chief. Betty's daughter is nearby and the two are destined to meet. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Release Date:

30 October 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A fehér törzsfőnök See more »

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Fox Film Corporation See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Grey's "To The Last Man" filmed on an impressively pictorial epic scale.
10 September 2003 | by Prescott-4See all my reviews

Zane Grey's "To The Last Man" ("The Golden West" was supposedly based on his "The Last Trail") has been expanded to include all of the historic elements of the American westward expansion movement. Pictorially impressive mainly due the the inclusion of much stock footage from the earlier silent film collaborations of John Ford/ George O'Brien "The Iron Horse" and "Three Bad Men" (the Grand Tetons and the Nevada desert) and scenes from the 1930 "The Big Trail."

I have hunted for this movie as various sources indicated that it had scenes filmed in Sedona, AZ. Unfortunately, the copy I found was made from a poor print (missing 6 minutes of footage) and an absolutely horrible video transfer. I am unable to be sure if the Indian encampment was filmed in Sedona due to the murkiness and fuzziness of the background scenery. The same is true of the scene where Motano presents Betty's daughter with his only former life's possession-the music box. It may have been filmed on Oak Creek. Other new footage appears to have been filmed at the upper Iverson Ranch, and definitely at Vasquez Rock.

There is almost too much movie for its 74 minute running time. The silent footage is edited into the production in a nearly seamless fashion. The usual self deprecating O'Brien humor is evident throughout, as are the many Americana vignettes. The movie is interesting for early performances by Hattie McDaniel and Onslow Stevens. Bert Hanlon makes for an amusing itinerant Jewish Irishman Dennis Epstein.

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