Cimarron (1931)

cimarronposter“They will always talk about Yancy. He’s gonna be part of the history of the great Southwest. It’s men like him that build the world. The rest of them, like me… why, we just come along and live in it.” – Sol Levy

Number of Times Seen – 1 (23 Feb 2014)

Brief Synopsis – A newspaper man living in Kansas in the 1880’s travels to Oklahoma to make a better life for his family.

My Take on it – The first Epic western to be nominated for and win Best Picture.

The story itself is done in a pretty boring way and I think this is close to being one of the worst movies to ever win Best Picture, if not THE Worst like many people believe.

I now understand why this is lauded as the Worst Best Picture winner ever.  Perhaps it was better at the time, but it hasn’t aged well at all.

The character development is obsolete and the storyline is very very choppy.

The only saving grace here is the Land Rush sequence that opens the film.  For that day and age it’s a very impressive piece of film.  They had 5,000 extras appear in it and it took them over a week to film.

Winner of 3 (of 7) Oscars – Picture, Art Direction and Adapted Writing.

It lost – Best Actor (Richard Dix), Actress (Irene Dunne), Director and Cinematography.

Bottom Line – Pretty boring and drawn out movie.  Stay away unless you have trouble sleeping.

Rating – Razzie Worthy


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9 thoughts on “Cimarron (1931)

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  4. Oh come on, Cimarron isn’t AS BAD as everyone says. Plus, think about this: have you ever watched a silent film and thought ‘I wonder what it would be like if I could somehow turn the actors’ voices on?’ I think that is the service Richard Dix provides in this movie.


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