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Go West, Young Lady (1941) is a comedy-western that features Penny Singleton as Belinda "Bill" Pendergast, a young woman fresh from an Eastern ladies' seminary. The nave but spirited Bill moves out West to live with her uncle (Charlie Ruggles) in Headstone, a rugged town still ruled by guns and outlaws. Glenn Ford, in an appealing turn, plays Tex, the latest in a series of sheriffs sent to Headstone to tame the lawless gun slinging and put an end to the reign of notorious criminal Killer Pete. Between Tex's fists and Bill's pie throwing, the two just might be able to restore law and order to the town once and for all.
Go West, Young Lady provided a rare break for actress Penny Singleton from her title role in the popular Blondie series that made her famous. The film marked the only non-Blondie film that Singleton made while at Columbia Pictures. Many of the same personnel that usually worked on the Blondie films also worked on Go West including writers Richard Flournoy and Karen DeWolf, director Frank R. Strayer, and producer Robert Sparks, who married Penny Singleton that same year.
The chemistry between Singleton and Ford brings charm to this delightful "B" picture, while plenty of action keeps the plot moving at the pace of a speeding bullet. Numbers from Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, Penny Singleton and Ann Miller (who shines in an early role as saloon girl Lola) provide plenty of good music throughout. Some of the tunes include "Somewhere Along the Trail," "I Wish I Could Be a Singing Cowboy", and "Gentlemen Don't Prefer a Lady".
Producer: Robert Sparks
Director: Frank R. Strayer
Screenplay: Karen DeWolf, Richard Flournoy
Cinematography: Henry Freulich
Film Editing: Gene Havlick
Art Direction: Lionel Banks
Music: Sammy Cahn, Saul Shaplin, Morris Stoloff
Cast: Penny Singleton (Belinda Pendergast), Glenn Ford (Sheriff Tex Miller), Ann Miller (Lola), Charles Ruggles (Jim Pendergast), Allen Jenkins (Deputy Hank), Jed Prouty (Judge Harmon).
by Andrea Passafiume