All-star, multiple-director epic brings Cinerama to television
There aren’t many films so big, they require multiple directors, but “How the West Was Won” is one. The 1962 epic — a frequent attraction on Turner Classic Movies, which presents it again as part of its “31 Days of Oscar” event Saturday, April 10 — was made to show off the ultra-widescreen Cinerama process, and utilized the talents of filmmakers John Ford, Henry Hathaway and George Marshall for different segments.
With Spencer Tracy as its narrator, the truly sprawling saga boasts an all-star cast in weaving its multiple tales of the Old West … and stunning sequences in a ride down a raging river aboard an out-of-control raft, and a shootout aboard a moving train. Carroll Baker, Lee J. Cobb, Henry Fonda, Karl Malden, Gregory Peck, Robert Preston, Debbie Reynolds, James Stewart, John Wayne and Richard Widmark are but a few of the familiar faces on hand.