Warner Archive Press Release: Cimarron (1960)

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CIMARRON (1960)
Run Time 147:00
Subtitles French, English SDH
Sound Quality DTS HD-Master Audio 2.0 STEREO – English
Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 16 X 9 LETTERBOX
Product Color COLOR
Disc Configuration BD 50

April 22, 1889. Tens of thousands of hopeful homesteaders are poised at the Oklahoma border, waiting for the gunshots that will send them on a feverish dash to claim a share of two million acres free for the taking. The spectacular Oklahoma Land Rush is just one of many pivotal moments in this rousing saga based on the novel by Edna Ferber (Giant) and filmed for a 1931 release to Academy Award®-winning* effect as the recipient of Best Picture and two other Oscars®. Anthony Mann (Winchester ’73, The Naked Spur) directs, and Glenn Ford, Maria Schell and Anne Baxter play central figures in this epic tale set where towns spring up, black gold rains, greed vies with goodness, and settlers sink roots into a land big enough to hold their dreams. Highlighted by a stirring musical score from the great Franz Waxman!

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  2. I also wish it were the 1930 Best Picture Richard Dix/Irene Dunne Cimarron which is head and heels above this 1960 remake. Pretty sad if the '30 version never makes it to BD since I'd imagine it's on the "must have" list for all Best Picture collectors like me. Oh well. Maybe (but probably not) next time.

  3. A film undone by the miscasting of the leads. Ford is too old, and Schell is European. This is not what Ferber created. And yes, I agree that the original is superior. The '89 Rush alone is worth the price of admission. The 1930 screenplay hews closer to the novel's plot and makes much more sense.

  4. Ed Lachmann

    I also wish it were the 1930 Best Picture Richard Dix/Irene Dunne Cimarron which is head and heels above this 1960 remake. Pretty sad if the '30 version never makes it to BD since I'd imagine it's on the "must have" list for all Best Picture collectors like me. Oh well. Maybe (but probably not) next time.

    ME TOO!!

  5. I’m also looking forward to this release. Generally speaking, I don’t like when Oscar-winning Best Pictures are remade. However the 1931 film has dated very poorly with its stilted performances and I like the 1960 remake much, much better.

  6. PatrickDA

    Five! It's Anthony Mann, even though he was fired during filming.

    Based on a WB facebook statement, this blu-ray will use a new 2020 1080p master.

    Make that six.

    Indeed with Mann being fired during the production this cannot really be considered a proper Anthony Mann film but I will still get it for the action and outdoor scenes that should be mostly directed by Mann.

  7. I love Schell (that smile!), but she was terribly miscast. Plus the plot line is so severely changed that what makes Sabra a real female hero recognized by her indomitable spirit, is diluted. The novel ends very movingly during the '20s and she cradles Yancey's head in her bosom while quoting from Ibsen's Peer Gynt.
    The first time I saw this 1960 version was in school in a 35mm 'Scope print that was quite lovely.
    I'll buy the BD even though I still hold plenty of reservations.

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  9. I think the pluses outweigh the minuses with this remake. The success of BEN HUR encouraged MGM to remake some old period hits to varying degrees of artistic and commercial success.
    The main minus to me is the choppy re-editing in the latter portion of the film, which caused Anthony Mann to disown it. (It makes me think of THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, though not as badly mutilated and that film is far superior, in my opinion.) Maria Schell had talent but was no Irene Dunne and seemed to have a frozen smile on her pretty face. Ford fared better in this than in 4 HORSEMEN, made one year later, where he looked to be TWICE the age of the character (and this time his European co-star had to have her dialogue dubbed by Angela Lansbury). Going by his son’s biography, Ford & Schell became very involved and considered marriage at this time.
    The pluses for me are the outstanding supporting cast (especially Anne Baxter, Russ Tamblyn and Aline MacMahon, whose character unbelievably survives until the final scene!), the terrific Franz Waxman score and the beautiful CinemaScope cinematography, which could give DANCES WITH WOLVES a run for its money. The land rush scene is truly and thrillingly cinematic. The good 1931 version is bested by thst sequence, partly due to advances in technology.
    A must get for me.

  10. Added trivia note: The 1978 Richard Donner SUPERMAN was an unofficial reunion movie for Glenn Ford (Pa Kent) and Maria Schell (Krypton counsel member). They had no scenes together.
    Two others who had an on – screen reunion in this movie were Marlon Brando and Trevor Howard. The salary must have been good as Trevor Howard reportedly came to loathe Brando during the troubled shooting of MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY.

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