Girl of the Golden West (1942 film)

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Girl of the Golden West
Directed by Carl Koch
Produced by Franco Magli
Written by Pierre Benoit (novel)
Lotte Reiniger
Carl Koch
Starring Michel Simon
Isa Pola
Rossano Brazzi
Valentina Cortese
Music by Mario Nascimbene
Cinematography Ubaldo Arata
Edited by Eraldo Da Roma
Distributed by Scalera Film
Release dates
9 February 1942
Running time
85 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

Girl of the Golden West (Italian:Una signora dell'ovest) is a 1942 Italian western film directed by Carl Koch and starring Michel Simon, Isa Pola and Rossano Brazzi. It is based on a novel by Pierre Benoit.[1] It was made at the Scalera Studios in Rome, and on location around Ciociaria. The film's title alludes to the opera The Girl of the Golden West by Giacomo Puccini, but is not an adaptation of it. It was one of only a handful of Westerns to be made during the silent and Fascist eras, in a genre in which Italy later became famous.[1]


Arianna, an Italian actress, joins a caravan heading into the American West with her companion Diego. When Diego is killed by a local villain who she falls in love with him without realising that he is the murderer.



  1. ^ a b Bondanella p. 338


  • Bondanella, Peter. A History of Italian Cinema. Continuum, 2009.

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