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How the West Was Won

Epic western about three generations of a pioneer family, showing how its fortunes fluctuated during the dynamic westward expansion of America during the 19th century. Three top directors each tackle separate episodes of the story, filmed in the short-lived three-camera Cinerama process, and with an all-star cast.

Release date:

2 hours, 26 minutes

Last on

Sun 5 Jun 2016 12:30
BBC Two except Northern Ireland


Role Contributor
Lilith PrescottDebbie Reynolds
Cleve Van ValenGregory Peck
Linus RawlingsJames Stewart
Eve PrescottCarroll Baker
Zeb RawlingsGeorge Peppard
Jethro StuartHenry Fonda
General William Tecumseh ShermanJohn Wayne
Mike KingRichard Widmark
Julie RawlingsCarolyn Jones
Zebulon PrescottKarl Malden
Abraham LincolnRaymond Massey
Charlie GantEli Wallach
Marshal Lou RamseyLee J Cobb
Roger MorganRobert Preston
NarratorSpencer Tracy
Dora HawkinsBrigid Bazlen
Colonel Jeb HawkinsWalter Brennan
Rebecca PrescottAgnes Moorehead
General Ulysses S GrantHarry Morgan
Agatha CleggThelma Ritter
Confederate DeserterRuss Tamblyn
WriterJames R Webb
DirectorJohn Ford
DirectorHenry Hathaway
DirectorGeorge Marshall
ProducerBernard Smith
ComposerAlfred Newman
Director of photographyWilliam H Daniels
Director of photographyMilton Krasner
Director of photographyCharles Lang Jr
Director of photographyJoseph LaShelle

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