At high noon April 22, 1889 a section of the last unsettled territories in America was to be given free to the first people who claimed it. They came from the north and they came from the south and they came from across the sea. In just one day an entire territory would be settled. A new state would be born. They called it Oklahoma.

Cimarron is a pretty solid entry in the genre. There isn’t a lot of cowboy action, but the film is worth a look to see how quickly life was transformed in so short a time. The Oklahoma town goes from nonexistent to sprawling metropolis in a quarter century, and its changes can also be viewed in the changes of the various side characters, making for a rich story that mostly satisfies. — Jamie S. Rich

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