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The Big Trail (1930)

Passed  -  Adventure | Western | Romance  -  1 November 1930 (USA)
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Breck Coleman leads hundreds of settlers in covered wagons from the Mississippi River to their destiny out West.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Marguerite Churchill ...
Ruth Cameron
El Brendel ...
Gus
Tully Marshall ...
Zeke
Tyrone Power Sr. ...
Red Flack (as Tyrone Power)
David Rollins ...
Dave Cameron
Frederick Burton ...
Pa Bascom
Ian Keith ...
Bill Thorpe
Charles Stevens ...
Lopez
Louise Carver ...
Gus's mother-in-law
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Storyline

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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The Most Important Picture Ever Produced


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Release Date:

1 November 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Raoul Walsh's The Big Trail  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(35 mm) | (70 mm) | (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

John Wayne's first 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 »

Quotes

Red Flack, Wagon Boss: Well, if it ain't Bill Thorpe, hey? I always thought you was hung and planted, I expect.
Bill Thorpe: No, my time ain't arrived yet.
Red Flack, Wagon Boss: But it looks as though it might be drawing close.
Bill Thorpe: Well, I've been promised a hanging bee if I don't get out on the Penzy Belle, and the Captain promised me a necktie party if I set foot on the boat. It's a case of nowhere to go.
Red Flack, Wagon Boss: It appears to me you do your shooting by daylight with too many people looking on, hey?
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: John Wayne (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Gruss (Leise zieht durch mein Gemüth)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Words from a poem by Heinrich Heine (only instrumental)
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An early sound classic
11 March 2005 | by (smithtown ,ny) – See all my reviews

This movie literally stopped me in my tracks while it was on the TV and i was moving my furniture out of my apartment! Its that good .I found the scope and breath of not only the production but the story to be a real delight.The uneven sound quality (remember this 1930) -actors turning away from the microphone and becoming mute,the fact that many of the old-timers acting in this movie were actually plains people and had lived amongst the very type of people they were portraying gave this film a unique feel of authenticity. The Duke even comes off as a real actor in this first rate oater. How he didn't become a star for 9 more years is a real mystery.All in all a must see!!


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