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Marana Movie Club: The Gal Who Took the West

A brilliant 1949 Western comedy

Starring the stunning Yvonne De Carlo, known for The Ten Commandments and later, the television series, The Munsters; and Charles Coburn, who appeared in scores of classics; The Gal Who Took the West (1949) is in a class of its own, with top notch comedy writing, directing, and acting, not common in Westerns. The gorgeous Marana scenery matches the incredible Old Tucson Studios backlot, at the beginning of its 50-year run of Hollywood production.

 

The story is by Williams Bowers, who wrote The Gunfighter (1950), My Man Godfrey (1957), Support Your Local Sheriff! (1969); and Oscar Brodney, who wrote the screenplay for Harvey (1950), The Glenn Miller Story (1954), and episodes of It Takes a Thief (1969-1970) television series. The director, Frederick De Cordova, produced 1,420 episodes of Johny Carson's The Tonight Show, and directed The Doris Day Show, The Jack Benny Show, The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, among hundreds of credits. 

Are we overdue for a romantic comedy/clever Western, like this? To stream it from Amazon Prime with a Starz subscription, click here: The Gal Who Took the West (1949) . 

With special thanks to Mary Freese, movie historian and tour guide at Old Tucson and White Stallion Ranch, who rediscovered this gem.

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