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How the West Was Won (1962) was a Adventure - Drama Film directed by George Marshall and Richard Thorpe and produced by Bernard Smith.

How the West Was Won was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1997.

Academy Awards 1963 --- Ceremony Number 36 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: George W. Davis, William Ferrari, Addison Hehr; Set Decoration: Henry Grace, Don GNominated
Best CinematographyWilliam H. Daniels, Milton Krasner, Charles Lang, Jr., Joseph LaShelleNominated
Best Costume DesignWalter PlunkettNominated
Best Film EditingHarold F. KressWon
Best Music - ScoringAlfred Newman, Ken DarbyNominated
Best PictureBernard Smith, ProducerNominated
Best WritingJames R. WebbWon
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How the West Was Won (1962)

By Beatrice on Sep 19, 2017 From Flickers in Time

How the West Was Won Directed by John Ford, Henry Hathaway and George Marshall Written by James R. Webb 1962/USA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Cinerama Productions Co. Repeat viewing/Netflix rental The big Cinerama moments are the parts I remember from my childhood. ?They are still the best thing about t... Read full article


How the West Was Won ( 1962 ) ....and How it Didn't Win the Cinematography Oscar

By The Metzinger Sisters on Feb 28, 2016 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

There were some years in Oscar's history that were stellar. In those years no matter how good a film was, compared to all of the fine films it was competing with, it would be just on par with the average. In such years as these it is understandable when a really good film loses an Academy Award. The... Read full article


How the West Was Won ( 1962 ) ....and How it Didn't Win the Cinematography Oscar

By The Metzinger Sisters on Feb 28, 2016 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

There were some years in Oscar's history that were stellar. In those years no matter how good a film was, compared to all of the fine films it was competing with, it would be just on par with the average. In such years as these it is understandable when a really good film loses an Academy Award. The... Read full article


How the West Was Won ( 1962 ) ....and How it Didn't Win the Cinematography Oscar

By The Metzinger Sisters on Feb 28, 2016 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

There were some years in Oscar's history that were stellar. In those years no matter how good a film was, compared to all of the fine films it was competing with, it would be just on par with the average. In such years as these it is understandable when a really good film loses an Academy Award. The... Read full article


How the West Was Won

By Alyson on Dec 11, 2010 From The Best Picture Project

Do kids still play Cowboys and Indians today? ?I?m guessing that game was at it?s peak around the early sixties with the abundance of Westerns in theaters throughout the fifties. ?From what I remember, the game was basically the Indians making a bunch of noise and throwing pretend arrows or tomahawk... Read full article


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Agatha Clegg: [Lily has asked to partner-up with Agatha in a wagon train] You know something ? I got a hunch you're gonna draw men like fish to bait. Maybe I can catch one of them while they swim by. You got yourself a partner.


Zebulon 'Zeb' Rawlings: Mike King don't own the railroad!
Jethro Stuart: Oh? I don't think he knows that.


Cleve Van Valen: From the first moment I saw you I've known that I couldn't live without you.
Lilith 'Lily' Prescott: Well... I'd hate to be the cause of your death, Mr. Van Valen.


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Spencer Tracy was only able to narrate the film rather than play a part due to his health problems.
This would later inspire an ABC TV series of the same name that ran for a total of 11 episodes in 1979.
The film was inspired by a factual series on the settling of the West of the same name that had appeared in 'LIFE' magazine and which had been followed by a identically titled 2-LP set of western songs sung mostly by Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney. Many of the songs on the record album were also used in the film soundtrack, like "Bound for the Promised Land" and "What Was Your Name in the States?"
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