Girl of the Golden West

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Play by Belasco, produced in 1905 and published in 1925. It became the libretto of an Italian opera by Puccini (1910).

“The Girl,” saloon keeper and schoolmistress in a Far Western mining community, falls in love with Dick Johnson, an outlaw who loves her too. Johnson, wounded, is tracked to her cabin by the sheriff, Jack Rance, who also loves the Girl but accepts her offer to decide by a game of poker whether he shall have her or, if he loses, discontinue his search for her lover. The sheriff is bested by her cheating, but Johnson is captured when he leaves the cabin. When the miners see how much she loves her outlaw, they free him, and Johnson and “The Girl” start eastward to a new life.

Subjects: Theatre — Literature.

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