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Cimarron

(DVD - 2006)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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"A nation rising to greatness through the work of men and women, new country opening, raw land blossoming, crude towns growing into cities, territories becoming rich states. In 1889, President Harrison opened the vast Indian Oklahoma lands for white settlement--2,000,000 acres free for the taking, poor and rich pouring in, swarming the border, waiting for the starting gun, at noon, April 22nd..." --prologue from title screens. Cimarron is a sprawling western saga, an earnest tale about empire building, and a film of its time, which viewers should keep in mind. It follows the adventures Yancey Cravat, a lawyer and newspaperman from Wichita, who joins the Oklahoma Territory land rush in 1889. Soon he and his family are citizens of Osage. Beset by wanderlust, Yancey joins the Cherokee Strip land rush in 1893, leaving wife Sabra behind to run the newspaper and raise their son, Cimarron. by 1907, Yancey is back at home as Oklahoma becomes a state. During the oil boom, he refuses to join a scheme to cheat the Indians out of their oil rich land, and then disappears again. In 1929, Sabra is elected Oklahoma's first Congresswoman, Cimarron is married to an Indian princess, and Yancey still hasn"t returned.
Statement of Responsibility: a Radio Picture ; Radio Pictures presents ; by Edna Ferber ; produced by William LeBaron ; a Wesley Ruggles production ; screen version & dialogue by Howard Estabrook
Title: Cimarron
[videorecording]
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Turner Entertainment Co. ; Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2006
Edition: Special ed
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (123 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes: Based on the novel by Edna Ferber
Special features: 'The devil's cabaret' [featurette] (16 min.); 'Red-headed baby' [featurette] (7 min.)
Contents: Credits and foreword
Oklahoma land rush
Dixie Lee's claim
Bound for Cimarron
Our first real home
Osage
Chance encounters
Friendly shooting
Hanging the shingle
Death cry
Sunday finery
Gathering for meeting
Hymn and collection
Sermon shootout
Sabra's ambitions
Kid's last stand
Losing Isaiah
You vicious hussy
Cherokee run chance
Discussing Yancey
Back home
Dixie on trial
Verdict
Never anybody but you
Wayward children
Filthy politics
Editorial clash
Forty years in one place
Guest of honor
Almost all the family
Old drifter's passing
Oklahoma pioneer
Credits: Photography, Edward Cronjager ; editor, William Hamilton ; scenery & costumes, Max Rée ; special effects, Lloyd Knechtel.
Performers: Richard Dix (Yancey Cravat), Irene Dunne (Sabra Cravat), Estelle Taylor (Dixie Lee), Nance O'Neil (Felice Venable), William Collier, Jr. (The Kid), Rosco Ates (Jesse Rickey), George E. Stone (Sol Levy), Stanley Fields (Lon Yountis), Robert McWade (Louis Hefner), Edna May Oliver (Mrs. Tracy Wyatt), Nancy Dover (Donna Cravat), Eugene Jackson (Isaiah).
Event: Originally produced as an American motion picture in 1930
Summary: "A nation rising to greatness through the work of men and women, new country opening, raw land blossoming, crude towns growing into cities, territories becoming rich states. In 1889, President Harrison opened the vast Indian Oklahoma lands for white settlement--2,000,000 acres free for the taking, poor and rich pouring in, swarming the border, waiting for the starting gun, at noon, April 22nd..." --prologue from title screens. Cimarron is a sprawling western saga, an earnest tale about empire building, and a film of its time, which viewers should keep in mind. It follows the adventures Yancey Cravat, a lawyer and newspaperman from Wichita, who joins the Oklahoma Territory land rush in 1889. Soon he and his family are citizens of Osage. Beset by wanderlust, Yancey joins the Cherokee Strip land rush in 1893, leaving wife Sabra behind to run the newspaper and raise their son, Cimarron. by 1907, Yancey is back at home as Oklahoma becomes a state. During the oil boom, he refuses to join a scheme to cheat the Indians out of their oil rich land, and then disappears again. In 1929, Sabra is elected Oklahoma's first Congresswoman, Cimarron is married to an Indian princess, and Yancey still hasn"t returned.
Audience: MPAA Rating Not rated
System Details: DVD; Region 1; Dolby Digital mono.; full screen presentation preserving the 1.20:1 aspect ratio of its original theatrical exhibition
Other Language: In English with optional subtitles in English, French, or Spanish; closed-captioned
Awards & Distinctions: Winner, 1931 Academy Awards for Best Art Direction--Max Rée; Best Writing, Adaptation--Howard Estabrook; Best Picture--RKO Radio
Subject Headings: Families Drama Marriage Drama Frontier and pioneer life Drama Oklahoma History Land Rush, 1889 Drama Oklahoma Drama Ferber, Edna, 1887-1968 Film adaptations Frontier and pioneer life Oklahoma Drama Family Oklahoma Drama Oklahoma Drama
Genre/Form: Western films
Feature films
Fiction films
Film adaptations
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Feature films
Western films
Topical Term: Families
Marriage
Frontier and pioneer life
Frontier and pioneer life
Family
Publisher No: 65287
ISBN: 0790748363
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE C
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Aug 30, 2014
  • rslade rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Other than the great opening scene of the Oklahoma land rush, the story, acting, and dialogue are pretty cheesy. The ending seems pointlessly weird.

Aug 05, 2014
  • pianomarket rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Film buffs please note that this movie was made in 1931 with the drawbacks in sound and picture, not to mention the stilted acting styles, corny dialogue and a prejudiced Hollywood view of the American West. Of note is the great character actress Edna May Oliver in this movie. This movie can be seen on the You Tube website.

May 13, 2014
  • BloomFree rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was during a time when men were manly and women would never ever consider wearing pants. I found the dialogue very comic. This is not a film to think about a lot although there is some good material here about basic ethics. As a bonus there is a great short film included about the devil which is super cute and a short animated film about a red-haired gal which I really enjoyed. Overall very entertaining.

Nov 18, 2013
  • lcoble rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great, timeless movie with an epic view of history. It is the story of the building of a nation, a successful one, not "nationalistic propaganda" as the earlier comment thoughtlessly asserted. "All art is propaganda," Orwell said, "but not all propaganda is art." Today's cultural marxism is such straight, thorough-going propaganda it leaves people without the lights to discern it as such.

Apr 03, 2013
  • kevfarley rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

An antique 'classic' jingoistic westword expansion historical . Jumpy and anecdotal. I fast forwarded somewhat,.. which I rarely do. This film may be interesting to students of the history of film,..or of nationalistic propaganda. Not recommended.(2.5 out of 5 stars)

Jul 08, 2012
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Edna Ferber's novel, Cimarron, was adapted into this Oscar winning film released in 1931. It tells the post Civil War story of the white man's takeover of this western strip of Oklahoma, by following the story of Yancey Cravat (Richard Dix) and his wife, Sabra Cravat (Irene Dunne). While this film won the Oscar, I feel it is way below the level of other later Oscar nominees such as Lawrence of Arabia, Bridge over the River Kwai, and Dr. Zhivago. While interesting, the characters were often cartoonish. An interesting bit of trivia is that Texas ceded this strip of land to the federal government when it sought statehood, because it was north of the line allowed for slave states.

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