Three Faces West

1940

Adventure / Drama

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IMDb Rating 6.2

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79 min
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Reviewed by emdragon 10

An old fashion moral tale with sweetness. John Wayne gives a great performance, and Sigurd Gurie shines as the daughter of a Viennese Surgeon (Charles Coburn). The historical significance of this picture is accurate and compelling, though rather melo-dramatic. Ms Gurie gives a kind and sensitive performance in one of the finest roles of her brief career. The Oklahoma dust bowl is the setting for this early 20th century tale that keeps an eye on several moral issues. It tells the brave tale of poor farmers who were strongly bonded with "good honest sweat", and who face a decision to stick together and head west. Spencer Charters, playing the town veterinarian/comedian gives a fine performance as do many of the players in this one. Well worth a watch.

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Reviewed by morrisonhimself 10

In a subdued and understated role, John Wayne is excellent.<br/><br/>Other commenters have placed the action in North Dakota and in Oklahoma, but I never heard a home stated. In fact, I thought the script specifically avoided mentioning one. (Maybe like the Simpsons&#39; Springfield?) <br/><br/>The situation and the timing would seem to indicate Oklahoma, but in truth it really doesn&#39;t matter, and the film can be seen as somewhat of an allegory, as representative of the dilemma many poor farmers faced during the Dust Bowl and Depression days.<br/><br/>Regardless, it is worth saying again that John Wayne gave one of his best performances, that his character was a different one from what he so often played and he demonstrated that he was by gosh an actor! <br/><br/>The chief bad guy also stood out, and should have, being played as it was by the great Trevor Bardette.<br/><br/>The subplot, the almost thwarted love story, was poignant and timely, and there was a wonderful line spoken by the Wayne character: &quot;We get all tangled up in other people&#39;s feelings and duties and obligations,&quot; a fact that gets so many people, and even nations, into trouble.<br/><br/>&quot;Three Faces West&quot; is a very good movie, with great direction, some superior camera angles, and possibly some great stock footage, as well as great acting, from Wayne to the atmosphere players.<br/><br/>All of that with an intelligent script makes it well worth watching.

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Reviewed by bkoganbing 6

Viennese surgeon Charles Coburn and daughter Sigrid Gurie arrive in America and are placed in a rural area of Oklahoma. They stay in a large old house with John Wayne and Spencer Charters. Pretty soon, despite Gurie&#39;s homesickness, they are involved in the social and political life in the area. <br/><br/>This is the famous Oklahoma dust bowl era when drought and poor cultivation practices brought about a drying up of once fertile farm land. Wayne and the other farmers do their best to save the land, but in the end except a government offer to homestead new farm land created by a dam built in Oregon, I presume on the Columbia River or one of its tributaries.<br/><br/>Gurie of course falls big time for the Duke. But she hears that Roland Varno who saved them from the Nazis and who she thought dead is still alive. Wayne of course leads a modern day wagon train to Oregon with automobiles instead of Conestoga wagons. He&#39;s got his own problems with Trevor Bardette, another farmer who&#39;s constantly trying to undermine his leadership.<br/><br/>23 years later John Wayne made McLintock which is more a serious statement of his conservative political and economic philosophy than one realizes. In Three Faces West we have him accepting a government program&#39;s help, albeit a self help type program. The film though is couched in terms good enough to satisfy any free marketeer.<br/><br/>One thing I could not understand. Roland Varno purportedly risked his life to save Gurie and Coburn from the Nazis. But when both of them meet up with Varno in San Francisco, he&#39;s now a big time Nazi supporter and wants to take them back to Vienna to aid in his new cause. They are taken aback and walk right out on him.<br/><br/>I&#39;m somewhat taken aback myself. For the life of me I don&#39;t understand Varno&#39;s about face. The script gives us no explanation. It&#39;s a big hole in the plot.<br/><br/>Three Faces West also labors under the handicap of coming out in the same year as The Grapes of Wrath. A much better film about the dust bowl and its economic effects.

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