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How the West Was Won

How the West Was Won is a 1962 American epic Western adventure film directed by Henry Hathaway, John Ford, and George Marshall, produced by Bernard Smith, written by James R. Webb, and narrated by Spencer Tracy. The film stars an ensemble cast consisting of Carroll Baker, Lee J. Cobb, Henry Fonda, Carolyn Jones, Karl Malden, Gregory Peck, George Peppard, Robert Preston, Debbie Reynolds, James Stewart, Eli Wallach, John Wayne, and Richard Widmark.

Plot

The film begins with narration by Spencer Tracy as the aerial-borne camera sweeps over the Rocky Mountains. "This land has a name today", says Tracy in the opening lines of the film, "and is marked on maps."

Awards

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    award Academy Award for Best Film Editing Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay National Board of Review: Top Ten Films National Film Registry
    contentLocation California
    director George Marshall Henry Hathaway John Ford Richard Thorpe
    editor Harold F. Kress
    genre adventure western
    keywords american civil war arapaho battery rock battle of shiloh betray build california gold mine california gold rush cave-in-rock state park central pacific railroad cheyenne civil war covered wagon dance hall disillusion end erie canal farm four-level downtown freeway interchange four level interchange frontier justice gold mine gold shipment golden gate bridge hoover dam hope lange illinois inherit isolated kill learn los angeles lost love love triangle music hall native american new home nothing ohio river old friend open pittsburgh plan pony express professional gambler raft rapid river river pirate riverboat rock rocky mountains search sing southern edge state park telegraphy tour trading post train station train wreck transcontinental telegraph line travel ulysses s. grant union army union pacific union pacific railroad varmint wagon train wait want west widow william tecumseh sherman win wound
    musicBy Alfred Newman
    nomination Academy Award for Best Art Direction, Color Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Color Academy Award for Best Costume Design, Color Academy Award for Best Film Editing Academy Award for Best Original Score Academy Award for Best Picture Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay
    producer Bernard Smith
    productionCompany Cinerama Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
    recordedAt Alabama Hills Arizona California Colorado Custer State Park Hal Roach Studios Inyo National Forest Uncompahgre National Forest Utah
    theme epic war