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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 ...
El Brendel ...
Gus
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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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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) | (TCM print)

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(Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

This film was shot in both a format known as Fox Grandeur, a 70mm wide screen film process developed by the Fox Film Corporation and used commercially on a small scale in 1929-31, as well as a standard Academy ratio format. Both versions survive, and differ significantly in composition, staging and editing. Grandeur was a forerunner of the Todd-AO 70mm system which was introduced in 1955.) Grandeur was one of a number of wide screen processes which were developed by the major Hollywood studios alongside sound in the late 1920s and early 1930s. A combination of the Great Depression and the costs of converting thousands of cinemas to sound prevented the successful introduction of any of these projection systems on a commercial scale. See more »

Quotes

Caption: The last outpost, the turning back place for the weak; the starting place for the strong.
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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 (Camarillo California) – 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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