Director : Wesley Ruggles
Year Of Release : 1931
Principal Cast : Richard Dix, Irene Dunne, Estelle Taylor, Nance O’Neill, William Collier Jr, Roscoe Ates, George E Stone, Stanley Fields, Robert McWade, Edna May Oliver, Judith Barrett, Eugene Jackson.
Approx Running Time : 123 Minutes
Synopsis: A newspaper editor settles in an Oklahoma boom town with his reluctant wife at the end of the nineteenth century.
A sprawling melodramatic epic centred around the great Land Rush of 1889 and its aftermath, Richard Dix and Irene Dunne ham their way through this ragged, vaguely racist stereotypical period piece that hasn’t held up well. Cimarron was the first of RKO’s two Oscar-winning Best Picture films, boasting some jaw-dropping opening sequences and establishing the first time we see the famous studio’s “cowboy ranch” location used as the basis for its setting of the fictional town of Osage. The film’s attitudes and depiction of the period are often cringe-worthy, even if they might appear accurate, with several cheap jibes at both black culture (a brief comedic bit about watermelons early in the film is awful) and the plight of the American Indians, while the central arc never generates an ounce of emotive weight.