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The Big Trail (1930)

Breck Coleman leads hundreds of settlers in covered wagons from the Mississippi River to their destiny out West.

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Breck leads a wagon train of pioneers through Indian attack, storms, deserts, swollen rivers, down cliffs and so on while looking for the murder of a trapper and falling in love with Ruth. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Youth, Love and Courage Blaze Through to Glory! (Print Ad- Amsterdam Evening Recorder, ((Amsterdam, NY)) 5 December 1930) See more »


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1 November 1930 (USA)  »

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Raoul Walsh's The Big Trail  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric System)

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1.20 : 1
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John Wayne's first major movie role. Raoul Walsh was having trouble casting the movie when he saw Wayne taking furniture off a truck. Wayne worked for the studio in the prop department. See more »

Goofs

(at around 10 mins) Breck Coleman leans his rifle against the water pump, then leaves it there and goes into the house. Not something a 'real' frontiersman would do. See more »

Quotes

Ruth Cameron: Look how queer his horse is acting!
Zeke: Yeah, he's riding zigzag - that's the Indian sign for palaver. There's the chief riding out to meet him now for a powwow.
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The film finishes with THE END of the BIG TRAIL See more »

Connections

Alternate-language version of Die große Fahrt (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Song of the Big Trail
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by James F. Hanley
Lyrics by Joseph McCarthy
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Good wagons, wagon circling, and gun smoke. Corny but good historical props.
4 September 1998 | by See all my reviews

This movie is impressive for the type of physical props used. The wagons were real Conestoga, not the cut-down replicas seen in later movies. The circling of the wagons to fend off an attack by the locals was done with realism -- wagons overlapped with draft animals placed inside the ring -- resulting in what seems like hundreds milling about in the center. And when the shooting starts the wagons virtually disappear in the smoke. Very good representation of 'real life' (I shoot muzzle loading rifles so I know about the smoke part of it). Too bad I can't find this one on laserdisc for my library...


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