MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 21,291 this week

The Covered Wagon (1923)

6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 293 users  
Reviews: 4 user | 4 critic

Two wagon caravans converge at what is now Kansas City, and combine for the westward push to Oregon. On their quest the pilgrims will experience desert heat, mountain snow, hunger, and ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (adaptation)
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 714 titles
created 02 Feb 2014
 
list image
a list of 1108 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 204 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 24 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 22 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Covered Wagon (1923)

The Covered Wagon (1923) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Covered Wagon.
2 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

3 Bad Men (1926)
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Three outlaws come to the aid of a young girl after her father is killed.

Director: John Ford
Stars: George O'Brien, Olive Borden, Lou Tellegen
Certificate: Passed Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A charming, happy-go-lucky bandit in old Arizona plays cat-and-mouse with the sheriff trying to catch him while he romances a local beauty.

Director: Irving Cummings
Stars: Warner Baxter, Edmund Lowe, Dorothy Burgess
Sparrows (1926)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Molly, the eldest child at a baby farm hidden deep in a swamp, must rescue the others when their cruel master decides that one of them will be disposed of.

Directors: William Beaudine, Tom McNamara
Stars: Mary Pickford, Roy Stewart, Mary Louise Miller
Certificate: Passed Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An insanely, egocentric ventriloquist, even though he is possessed by his wooden dummy, is in love with a dancer who is in love with another. The dummy gives advice to the ventriloquist.

Directors: James Cruze, Erich von Stroheim
Stars: Erich von Stroheim, Donald Douglas, Betty Compson
Tumbleweeds (1925)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The government will grant a fringe of terrain for the settlers who want to live and work there. The starting sign will be a gunshot which will iniciate the run for the best fields and ... See full summary »

Directors: King Baggot, William S. Hart
Stars: William S. Hart, Barbara Bedford, Lucien Littlefield
Scaramouche (1923)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When a nobleman murders his best friend, a lawyer becomes a revolutionary with his heart set on vengeance.

Director: Rex Ingram
Stars: Lloyd Ingraham, Alice Terry, Ramon Novarro
The Sea Hawk (1924)
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A wrongly convicted English gentleman goes from galley slave to pirate captain.

Director: Frank Lloyd
Stars: Milton Sills, Enid Bennett, Lloyd Hughes
Old Ironsides (1926)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An American fighting ship battles Barbary pirates in the Mediterranean in the 18th century.

Director: James Cruze
Stars: Charles Farrell, Esther Ralston, Wallace Beery
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young woman hits Hollywood, determined to become a star.

Director: Rupert Hughes
Stars: Eleanor Boardman, Frank Mayo, Richard Dix
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

When three thuggish men are responsible for the death of his father and the crippling of his brother, young David must choose between supporting his family or risking his life and exacting vengeance.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Richard Barthelmess, Gladys Hulette, Walter P. Lewis
Beau Geste (1926)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Michael "Beau" Geste leaves England in disgrace and joins the infamous French Foreign Legion. He is reunited with his two brothers in North Africa, where they face greater danger from their... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Brenon
Stars: Ronald Colman, Neil Hamilton, Ralph Forbes
Hell's Hinges (1916)
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When Reverend Robert Henley and his sister Faith arrive in the town of Hell's Hinges, saloon owner Silk Miller and his cohorts sense danger to their evil ways. They hire gunman Blaze Tracy ... See full summary »

Directors: Charles Swickard, William S. Hart, and 1 more credit »
Stars: William S. Hart, Clara Williams, Jack Standing
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
J. Warren Kerrigan ...
...
...
Ernest Torrence ...
William Jackson
...
Ethel Wales ...
Mrs. Wingate
Charles Ogle ...
Jesse Wingate
Guy Oliver ...
Johnny Fox ...
Jed Wingate
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Cruze ...
Indian (scenes deleted)
Edit

Storyline

Two wagon caravans converge at what is now Kansas City, and combine for the westward push to Oregon. On their quest the pilgrims will experience desert heat, mountain snow, hunger, and indian attack. To complicate matters further, a love triangle develops, as pretty Molly must chose between Sam, a brute, and Will, the dashing captain of the other caravan. Can Will overcome the skeleton in his closet and win Molly's heart? Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Indian Attacks, Prairie Fires, Fording of Swollen Streams, a Great Buffalo Hunt, Dramatic Situations Galore---All Go to Make Up "The Covered Wagon" See more »


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 September 1924 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Caravana Gloriosa  »

Box Office

Budget:

$782,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$3,800,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

An attempt to maneuver the covered wagons across a river for one scene resulted in two horses drowning. Lois Wilson said that this incident so upset her that she went back to her tent and couldn't work for the rest of the day. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in The Pie-Covered Wagon (1932) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Circle the Wagons
23 September 1999 | by (Gloucester, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

The first great western epic, The Covered Wagon established many of the cliches that appear in many subsequent westerns, both "A" and "B" features alike.

Here for the first time, we have the wagon train of eastern settlers trekking west in search of a new land and a new start. We have the circling of the wagons in preparation for the Indian attack, the attack itself and the ride to the rescue of the besieged wagons.

Cruze captures the feel of what a real wagon train journey must have been like. The long lines of slow moving covered wagons, the dusty trails, life and death situations on the prairie, as well as the celebrations around the campfire.

The sub-plot of boy-girl-villain is "B" western calibre, however, the players carry it of admirably. J. Warren Kerrigan as the hero is adequate but not memorable. The lovely Lois Wilson as the heroine and a young Alan Hale as the villain are much better. It is curious that the Cruze portrayed legendary mountain man Jim Bridger (Tully Marshall) as an absent-minded, liquor swilling comedy relief.

The ending is strictly Hollywood. Boy gets girl of course and the villain is defeated, but I thought that the final shoot-out left a little to be desired.

Despite its apparent faults, The Covered Wagon remains today as powerful a film as it must have been in 1923.


11 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
available DVD? pabstheineker
Libel suit edalweber
How many horses were killed for this film? hollywoodlegend
Discuss The Covered Wagon (1923) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?