Go West

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  • Passed
  • 1940
  • 1 hr 20 min
  • 6.8  (5,733)

Go West is a madcap comedy film from 1940 that features the popular Marx Brothers trio- Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, and Harpo Marx. The film is directed by Edward Buzzell and produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). The plot of the movie revolves around a hapless salesman, S. Quentin Quale (Groucho Marx), who is trying to sell his company's newly invented automatic rifle in the Wild West. However, Quale's attempts to sell the rifle are not going so well, and he ends up losing his job.

With no other options, Quale decides to head West and try his luck in becoming a cowboy. Along the way, he meets up with a kind-hearted ranch owner, Eve Wilson (Diana Lewis), and her handsome foreman, Joe (John Carroll), who helps him land a job at their ranch.

At the ranch, Quale's energetic and zany antics have him getting into trouble, including accidentally letting all the animals loose and causing a stampede. He also tries to introduce modern inventions, such as an electric razor and a gramophone, to the cowboys, much to their bewilderment.

Meanwhile, Chico Marx plays a stranded card dealer, who ends up at the ranch and helps Quale with the rifles. And Harpo Marx plays a mute, who befriends an adorable cow named Molly and helps to round up the animals.

As Quale and his new friends try to fend off the villainous land grabber, Mr. Wilson (Walter Woolf King), who wants to take over the ranch, they must use all their wits and humor to outsmart him.

With its rollicking humor, Go West, highlights the Marx Brothers' irreverent style of comedy, which combines physical gags, witty quips, and wordplay. Groucho Marx's rapid-fire one-liners are a standout, and his quirky persona adds a layer of depth to the character of Quale.

Chico Marx, on the other hand, adds his signature style of piano-playing, which he infuses into the film's musical numbers. Harpo Marx's silent-film antics, including his hilarious antics with Molly, add a slapstick element to the movie.

The film's production values are also impressive, with the Western landscapes and ranch sets beautifully captured on screen. The movie's score, composed by Bronislaw Kaper and Walter Jurmann, sets the tone for the film's various scenes, with its mix of grand orchestration, cowboy tunes, and comedic pieces.

Overall, Go West is a delightful romp that will appeal to lovers of classic Hollywood comedies and Marx Brothers' fans. The film's timeless appeal and solid performances by Groucho, Chico, and Harpo, make it a must-watch for audiences of all ages.

Go West is a 1940 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 20 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.8.

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  • Release Date
    1940
  • MPAA Rating
    Passed
  • Runtime
    1 hr 20 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    6.8  (5,733)