How the West was Won
Directed by John Ford and Henry Hathaway
An all star cast including: James Stewart, John Wayne, Gregory Peck, Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Carolyn Jones, Karl Malden, George Peppard, Robert Preston, Debbie Reynolds, Eli Wallach, Richard Widmark, Walter Brennan, Agnes Morehead, Harry Morgan, Thelma Ritter and narrated by Spencer Tracy
A Hollywood epic film like you don't see anymore. The story follos the Prescott family through four generations from traveling down the Erie Canal all the way to the west coast. Lilith, played by Debbie Reynolds survives to see the family journey after her parents drown and the country endures the Civil War.
Winner of the Academy Award for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen, Best Sound, Best Film Editing
Nominated for Best Picture, Best Cinematography/Color, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration/Color, Best Costume Design/Color, Best Music/Score-Substantiall Original
The west was won by its pioneers, settlers, adventurers is long gone now. Yet it is theirs forever, for they left tracks in history that will never be eroded by wind or rain - never plowed under by tractors, never buried in compost of events. Out of the hard simplicity of their lives, out of their vitality, of their hopes and sorrows grew legends of courage and pride to inspire their children and their children's children. From soil enriched by their blood, out of their fever to explore and be, came lakes where once there were burning deserts - came the goods of the earth; mine and wheat fields, orchards and great lumber mills. All the sinews of a growing country. Out of their rude settlements, their trading posts came cities to rank among the great ones of the world. All the heritage of a people free to dream, free to act, free to mold their own destiny.
-final narrative by Spencer Tracy