How the West Was Won
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  • Overall, though, How the West Was Won is awesome and a great way to experience the past

    • by Orrymain

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      How the West Was Won is an epic motion picture with some really great scenery. The cinematography is outstanding. It’s a star studded cast which brings to life the story of the movement west. It begins in St. Joseph, Missouri, the jumping off point for all wagon trains going west. We meet a family full of hopes as they join up with others and wait to be called. This is the Prescott Family — father Zebulon

      (Karl Malden), mother Rebecca (Agnes Moorehead, oldest daughter Eve (Carroll Baker), and rebellious younger daughter Lily (Debbie Reynolds).

      As the Prescotts go west, they meet a mountain man, Linus Rawlings (James Stewart). He and Eve have an instant attraction. He’s not anxious to be domesticated, however. Stiill, when the Prescotts meet tragedy, he’s there, and he and Eve settle down.

      Lily, though, is restless and wants to keep going. A passing river boat is her way out, and the ...

      • way to her future when she meets a gambler on board. Cleve Van Valen is a wandering poker player. He wins and loses fortunes all the time. Like Linus, he wasn’t looking to be domesticated. Then again, Lily wasn’t looking for that, either. They head for San Francisco to start their lives.

        This epic adventure leaps forward in time. We see what happens to Lily and Eve and how their family progresses, and then we follow those

        families as the old west is tamed. Spencer Tracy narrates the film, to keep it moving through the transitions in time, and he had the perfect voice for it.

        I adore How the West Was Won, especially the first half that is more focused on the fabulous Reynolds. I’m not as crazy about the train plot that George Peppard is a part of. Overall, though, How the West Was Won is awesome and a great way to experience the past.

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