Cinema: Oklacoma: Cimarron

Cimarron (M-G-M), a remake of the 1931 western based on Edna Ferber's bestselling novel about the opening of Oklahoma, might more suitably have been called Cimarron-and-on-and-on-and-on. It lasts 2 hours and 27 minutes, and for at least half of that time most spectators will probably be Oklacomatose.

This effect was apparently not easy to achieve. Cimarron took 15 weeks to film, cost $6,000,000, involved six name performers (Glenn Ford, Maria Schell, Anne Baxter, Arthur O'Connell, Russ Tamblyn, Mercedes McCambridge), 360 bit-players, 700 extras, 700 horses, 500 assorted gigs, carts, buggies, stagecoaches and prairie...

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