Girl of the Golden West (1942 film)

Girl of the Golden West (Italian: Una signora dell'ovest) is a 1942 Italian western film directed by Carl Koch and starring Michel Simon, Isa Pola and Rossano Brazzi. It is based on a novel by Pierre Benoit.[1] It was made at the Scalera Studios in Rome, and on location around Ciociaria. The film's title alludes to the opera The Girl of the Golden West by Giacomo Puccini, but is not an adaptation of it. It was one of only a handful of Westerns to be made during the silent and Fascist eras, in a genre in which Italy later became famous.[1]

Girl of the Golden West
Directed byCarl Koch
Produced byFranco Magli
Written byPierre Benoit (novel)
Lotte Reiniger
Carl Koch
StarringMichel Simon
Isa Pola
Rossano Brazzi
Valentina Cortese
Music byMario Nascimbene
CinematographyUbaldo Arata
Edited byEraldo Da Roma
Distributed byScalera Film
Release date
9 February 1942
Running time
85 minutes


Arianna, an Italian actress, joins a caravan heading into the American West with her companion Diego. Diego is eventually killed by a local villain. Arianna falls in love with the villain without realising that he is the murderer.



  1. Bondanella p. 338


  • Bondanella, Peter. A History of Italian Cinema. Continuum, 2009.
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