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Arizona (1940)

Approved | | Western | 25 December 1940 (USA)
During the 1860s Tucson, a pioneer woman struggles to succeed in the freight and cattle business while at risk at the hands of corrupt and violent local businessmen and rampaging Indians.

Director:

Wesley Ruggles

Writers:

Claude Binyon (screen play), Clarence Budington Kelland (based on the story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Arthur ... Phoebe Titus
William Holden ... Peter Muncie
Warren William ... Jefferson Carteret
Porter Hall ... Lazarus Ward
Edgar Buchanan ... Judge Bogardus
Paul Harvey ... Solomon Warner
George Chandler ... Haley
Byron Foulger ... Pete Kitchen
Regis Toomey ... Grant Oury
Paul Lopez Paul Lopez ... Estevan Ochoa
Colin Tapley ... Bart Massey
Uvaldo Varela Uvaldo Varela ... Hilario Callego (as Roberto Álvarez)
Earl Crawford Earl Crawford ... Joe Briggs
Griff Barnett ... Sam Hughes (as Griff Barnette)
Ludwig Hardt ... Meyer
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Storyline

Phoebe Titus is a tough, swaggering pioneer woman, but her ways become decidedly more feminine when she falls for California bound Peter Muncie. But Peter won't be distracted from his journey and Phoebe is left alone and plenty busy with villains Jefferson Carteret and Lazarus Ward plotting at every turn to destroy her freighting company. She has not seen the last of Peter, however. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Turbulent Adventure.... Set Against The Rich ,Romantic Tapestry Of Early Arizona! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

25 December 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Аризона See more »

Filming Locations:

Cortaro, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place in 1859. See more »

Goofs

As the robbers are making their escape after blowing Phoebe's safe, Phoebe is seen leaving her home apparently tucking her shirt in. The next scene, she is still tied to her bed where the robbers put her before the robbery. See more »

Quotes

Peter Muncie: Gosh almighty. I'm quittin' the Army to settle down with you and the first thing you do is send me off for a honeymoon with 500 cows.
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Featured in The Last Round-up (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair
(1854) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Played often in the score as a love theme for Phoebe and Peter
Performed by William Holden (banjo and vocal)
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Authentic touches and unique characterizations
1 May 2013 | by grybarSee all my reviews

This is a refreshing western saga with well-defined performances of some unique characters. Adding to the overall quality, there is a strong current of authenticity in the staging, with both the gritty desert west (the scene is 1860's Tucson) and the settlers of that land making a strong showing. William Holden plays against type as an aw-shucks, boyish adventurer who is smitten with a bold, outspoken pioneer businesswoman played with gusto by Jean Arthur. Both characters have clearly-defined development arcs. While the plot is generally typical western fare, the narrative tends to bounce out of those well-worn ruts, including being mostly true to the period depicted and in the motivations of characters and groups. The video I watched was crystal-clear black & white. This is a western tale with a rich flavor.


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