Eve Prescott, pioneer wife and mother. A product of the famed Actors Studio,
Miss Baker was born in Johnstown, Pa., and began her career in television commercials.
Discovered by Elia Kazan, she appeared on the stage in "All Summer Long" and
became an overnight film star in Kazan's "Baby Doll." She has since appeared in
numerous important films.
LEE J. COBB
Lew Ramsay, a frontier marshal. Recognized internationally as an actor of
unusual versatility, Cobb was born in New York and studied to be an aeronautical engineer
before deciding to become an actor. Years of struggle preceded his first success on the
Broadway stage in "Clash by Night." Other plays have included "Jason,"
"Golden Boy" and "Death of a Salesman." His film credits include
"Anna and the King of Siam" and "On the Waterfront."
Jethro Stuart, buffalo hunter. At home on stage, screen and in television,
Nebraska-born Fonda began his acting career with a playhouse in Omaha after studying
journalism at the University of Minnesota. He served with the Navy in the Pacific during
World War II. His stage credits include "Mister Roberts" and "The Caine
Mutiny Court-Martial." His films include "Ox-Bow Incident," "Mister
Roberts" and "War and Peace."
Julie, wife of a frontier lawman. Born in Amarillo, Texas, Miss Jones has
established herself as a star of motion pictures, stage and television. For HOW THE
WEST WAS WON, she forgoes her usual youthful, romantic roles to portray a middle-aged
frontier wife. Her film credits include "The Tender Trap," "A Hole in the
Head" and "Bachelor Party."
Zebulon Prescott, a sod buster. This actors distinguished career began on
Broadway in Maxwell Anderson's "Truckline Cafe." The first film to bring him to
public attention was Tennessee Williams "A Streetcar Named Desire" in which he
won an Academy Award as best supporting actor. He also has achieved success as a director,
and his other films include "Ruby Gentry" and "On the Waterfront." He
was born in Gary, Indiana.
Cleve van Valen, tinhorn gambler. This actor has the distinction of having been
starred in every one of his motion pictures. Born in La Jolla, California, he returned to
the West Coast after a career on Broadway. His film credits include
"Spell-bound," "Gentlemen's Agreement," "The Paradine Case,"
"Roman Holiday," "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" and "Pork Chop
Hill," which he also produced.
Zeb Rawlings, soldier-turned-lawman. Born in Detroit, Michigan, this ex-Marine
is a graduate of Purdue University. After his stage debut in 1949 at the Pittsburgh
Playhouse, he enrolled in the Actors Studio in New York and worked in summer stock. An
appearance in The Pleasure of His Company" on Broadway led to an MGM contract and his
debut in "Home From the Hill." He also starred with distinction in
"Breakfast at Tiffany's."
Roger Morgan, wagonmaster. Robert Preston was born in Newton Highlands, Mass.
After attending school in Los Angeles, he joined the Pasadena Community Playhouse.
Forty-two plays later, he was signed by Paramount and became a star in "Union
Pacific." After starring in such films as "Beau Geste," "Reap the Wild
Wind" and "Northwest Mounted Police," he returned to the stage as star of
"The Music Man," a role he has re-created for the screen.
Lillith Prescott, gambler's bride. Born in El Paso, Texas, but raised in
Hollywood, Debbie Reynolds won the Miss Burbank contest and an MGM contract at the same
time. Her boop-boop-a-doop performance in "Three Little Words" led to a career
which has included dozens of important motion pictures, among them "Singin' in the
Rain," "Tammy and the Bachelor," "The Catered Affair,"
"Susan Slept Here" and "The Tender Trap."
Linus Rawlings, mountain man. Stewart was born in Indiana, Pa., and joined the
Falmouth Players after graduation from Princeton University. He was decorated for his
service in the Air Force in World War II and is a Brigadier General in the Air Force
Reserve. His films have included "The Philadelphia Story," for which he won the
Academy Award, "The Glenn Miller Story," and "Anatomy of a Murder."
The Narrator. Although this famous star, one of the few ever to be honored by
two Academy Awards, does not appear in the film, his
magnificent speaking voice has the important role of narrating the stirring drama of the
winning of the West. His Oscars came for "Captains Courageous" and "Boys'
Town," and this Milwaukee-born star also has appeared in "Boom Town,"
"Northwest Territory," "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo," "Bad Day at
Black Rock" and "Judgment at Nuremberg."
Charley Gant, outlaw leader. Another product of New York's Actors Studios,
Wallach was born in New York, and now divides his time between stage and screen, plus an
occasionaI television performance. Among his stage hits have been "The Cold and the
Warm," "Camino Real," "Teahouse of the August Moon." His film
credits include "The Magnificent Seven," in which he won international acclaim
portraying a Mexican bandit.
General Sherman at Shiloh. One of filmdom's outstanding outdoor actors, Wayne
was born in Winterset, Iowa, attended school in California and played varsity football at
the University of Southern California. He now is both star and producer. Among his ninety
motion pictures, including some of the most successful ever made, are "The Quiet
Man," "Stagecoach," "The Horse Soldiers," "She Wore A Yellow
Ribbon," "Red River" and "The Alamo."
Mike King, empire builder. After a brief career as a teacher, Widmark entered
the theatre and appeared in such hits as "Kiss Me Kate"; but it was the motion
picture, "Kiss of Death," which gave him an international reputation. Born in
Sunrise, Minnesota, and educated at Lake Forest University in Illinois, his major roles
have included "Panic in the Streets," "Broken Lance," "Prize of
Gold," "Saint Joan" and "Time Limit."