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Cimarron (1931) was a Drama - Western Film directed by Wesley Ruggles and produced by Wesley Ruggles, William LeBaron and Louis Sarecky.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by Edna Ferber published in 1929.

Academy Awards 1960 --- Ceremony Number 33 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorRichard DixNominated
Best ActressIrene DunneNominated
Best Art DirectionMax RéeWon
Best CinematographyEdward CronjagerNominated
Best DirectorWesley RugglesNominated
Best PictureRKO RadioWon
Best WritingHoward EstabrookWon
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: George W. Davis, Addison Hehr; Set Decoration: Henry Grace, Hugh Hunt, Otto SiegelNominated
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Cimarron (1)

By RBuccicone on Feb 25, 2013 From MacGuffin Movies

Cimarron (1931) This week I will review two Best Picture winners that had they been released in another year would not have stood a chance for the Academy’s top award. First is the 1931 winner Cimarron. This western about settling the Oklahoma territory is also the saga of a family confounded ... Read full article


Best Picture Winner 1930/1931: Cimarron

By Duke Mantee on Aug 7, 2012 From Spoilers

Edna Ferber and Cimarron are not remembered especially fondly, at least in critical circles. Ferber?s New York Times obituary read, ?Her books were not profound, but they were vivid and had a sound sociological basis. She was among the best-read novelists in the nation, and critics of the 1920s and ... Read full article


Classic Films in Context: Cimarron 1931

By Stephen Reginald on Nov 3, 2011 From Classic Movie Man

Classic Films in Context: Cimarron 1931 First edition of the classic In 1929, author Edna Ferber (1885 – 1968) published a colossal bestseller about the settling of what would eventually become Oklahoma. Ferber, who grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin, saw first-hand the settling and develo... Read full article


Classic Films in Context: Cimarron 1931

By Stephen Reginald on Nov 3, 2011 From Classic Movie Man

Classic Films in Context: Cimarron 1931 First edition of the classic In 1929, author Edna Ferber (1885 – 1968) published a colossal bestseller about the settling of what would eventually become Oklahoma. Ferber, who grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin, saw first-hand the settling and develo... Read full article


Cimarron (2)

By Alyson on Nov 29, 2010 From The Best Picture Project

Today our elders may tell stories from WWII or The Great Depression; it?s rare to find anyone alive to tell us about the first World War. ?Children of the 1930?s could hear stories of the old west from their grandparents. ?Tales of covered wagons across the plains and the wild unsettled land of the ... Read full article


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Quotes from

Sabra Cravat: Do you feel nervous about your sermon, dear?
Yancy Cravat: I'd rather plead to a Texas jury than preach to this gang.


Sol Levy: They will always talk about Yancy. He's gonna be part of the history of the great Southwest. It's men like him that build the world. The rest of them, like me... why, we just come along and live in it.


Sabra Cravat: Did you have to kill him?
Yancy Cravat: No, I could have let him kill me.


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