The Girl of the Golden West (1938 film)

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The Girl of the Golden West
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Directed by Robert Z. Leonard
Produced by Robert Z. Leonard
William Anthony McGuire
Written by David Belasco (play)
Isabel Dawn
Boyce DeGaw
Starring Jeanette MacDonald
Nelson Eddy
Walter Pidgeon
Music by Herbert Stothart
Cinematography Oliver T. Marsh
Edited by W. Donn Hayes
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s)
  • March 18, 1938 (1938-03-18)
Running time 121 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,680,000[1][2]
Box office $1,597,000 (Domestic earnings)[1]
$1,285,000 (Foreign earnings)[1]

The Girl of the Golden West is a 1938 musical western film. It was adapted from the play of the same name by David Belasco, better known for providing the plot of the opera La fanciulla del West by Giacomo Puccini. A frontier woman falls in love with an outlaw.[3]

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

  • Sun-Up to Sun Down; Played during the opening credits
  • Shadows On The Moon
    • Music by Sigmund Romberg
    • Lyrics by Gus Kahn
    • Sung by Jeanne Ellis at a campfire in the prologue
    • Reprised by Jeanette MacDonald
    • Whistled and hummed by Nelson Eddy
  • Soldiers Of Fortune
    • Music by Sigmund Romberg
    • Lyrics by Gus Kahn
    • Sung by Noah Beery and his men in the prologue, Bill Cody, Jr. (dubbed by Raymond Chace) in the prologue
    • Reprised by Nelson Eddy and his men
  • The Wind In The Trees
    • Music by Sigmund Romberg
    • Lyrics by Gus Kahn
    • Sung by Jeanette MacDonald
    • Played on a fife by Buddy Ebsen
  • Gwine to Rune All Night (1850); (De Camptown Races)
  • Polly Wolly Doodle
    • Composer unknown
    • Played as background music in the saloon
  • Liebestraum (Dream of Love)
    • Music by Franz Liszt
    • Lyrics by Gus Kahn
    • Played on piano by Brandon Tynan
    • Sung by Jeanette MacDonald
  • Señorita
    • Music by Sigmund Romberg
    • Lyrics by Gus Kahn
    • Sung by Nelson Eddy and party guests
    • Reprised by Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy
  • Mariache
    • Music by Sigmund Romberg
    • Lyrics by Gus Kahn
    • Additional lyrics by Carlos Ruffino
    • Translation for Spanish lyrics by Zacharias Yaconelli (uncredited)
    • Sung by Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy and chorus
    • Danced to by the party guests
  • The West Ain't Wild Anymore
    • Music by Sigmund Romberg
    • Lyrics by Gus Kahn
    • Sung by Buddy Ebsen
  • Who Are We To Say
    • Music by Sigmund Romberg
    • Lyrics by Gus Kahn
    • Sung by Nelson Eddy
    • Hummed by Jeanette MacDonald
    • Reprised on piano by Brandon Tynan and sung by Jeanette MacDonald

Box Office[edit]

According to MGM records the film earned $2,882,000 resulting in a profit of $243,000.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Turk, Edward Baron "Hollywood Diva: A Biography of Jeanette MacDonald" (University of California Press, 1998)
  2. ^ a b The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
  3. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1931-40 published by The American Film Institute, c.1993

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