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  • 1942
  • 1 hr 27 min
  • 6.4  (1,477)

Pittsburgh is a 1942 western romance film directed by Lewis Seiler and starring Marlene Dietrich, John Wayne, and Randolph Scott. The movie is set in Pittsburgh at the turn of the 20th century and follows the story of Joseph (Joe) Maloney (John Wayne), a former steelworker turned business owner who is fighting to build a new steel mill.

Joe is driven by his ambition to succeed and become rich, and he is willing to take big risks to achieve his goals. His business partner is his friend and former co-worker, Pittsburgh Markham (Randolph Scott), who, unlike Joe, is cautious and conservative in his business dealings.

The story takes a turn when Joe meets Shannon Harford (Marlene Dietrich), a singer with a troubled past who is performing at a local club. Joe is smitten with Shannon, and after a rocky start, the two fall in love. But Shannon's past catches up with her, and she is forced to confront it.

As Joe and Shannon's relationship deepens, so does the conflict between Joe and Markham. Markham disapproves of Joe's reckless behavior and is frustrated with his lack of caution. Their conflict comes to a head when they are threatened by a rival steel mill, and Joe takes a bold and dangerous action to protect their business.

Pittsburgh is a classic Hollywood film with all the elements of a successful western romance. It offers a glimpse into the lives of steelworkers and the business of steel production during the early 20th century while also exploring the themes of ambition, love, loyalty, and friendship.

Marlene Dietrich delivers a captivating performance as Shannon Harford, the sultry and complicated singer who captures Joe's heart. Her character is both vulnerable and strong, and she brings depth and nuance to the role. John Wayne, in his signature cowboy hat and boots, exudes charm and charisma as Joe Maloney, the ambitious and daring businessman. His chemistry with Dietrich is palpable, and their love story is central to the plot.

Randolph Scott, as Pittsburgh Markham, provides the perfect foil to Wayne's character. He is cautious, measured, and practical, and his performance is understated yet effective. The supporting cast is also impressive, with standout performances from Frank Craven as Shannon's manager and Shemp Howard as one of Joe's employees.

The film's soundtrack is also noteworthy, with several musical numbers performed by Marlene Dietrich, including her iconic rendition of "The Boys in the Backroom." The score, composed by Frank Skinner, is suitably dramatic and adds to the tension and excitement of the movie.

Overall, Pittsburgh is a highly entertaining and engaging film that showcases the talents of three Hollywood icons. It is a classic western romance with a twist, and it remains a favorite among fans of the genre.

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    6.4  (1,477)