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Fighting Caravans (1931)

Passed  -  Romance | Western  -  1 February 1931 (USA)
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A young frontier scout helps guide a freight wagon train across the country, fighting off Indians and evil traders, while his two crusty companions try and save him from falling in love.


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Complete credited cast:
Lili Damita ...
Felice (as Lily Damita)
Ernest Torrence ...
Bill Jackson
Tully Marshall ...
Fred Kohler ...
Lee Murdock
Roy Stewart ...
May Boley ...
Eve Southern ...
Frank Campeau ...
Jeff Moffitt
Charles Winninger ...
Frank Hagney ...


A young frontier scout helps guide a freight wagon train across the country, fighting off Indians and evil traders, while his two crusty companions try and save him from falling in love. Written by Rick Johnson <>

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frontier | wagon train | freight | scout | love | See more »


Men of valor! Women of high courage! The Founders of the new American empire beyond the frowning Rockies! (original poster) See more »


Romance | Western


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Release Date:

1 February 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blazing Arrows  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Clint Belmet: I'm asking you a question and the answer can't be maybe. I'm asking you straight out - will you marry? Yes or no?
Felice: Oui, Monsieur!
Clint Belmet: Huh?
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Referenced in No Limit (1931) See more »

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The Importance of Being Ernest
20 April 2008 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

In Missouri, during the Civil War, "high, wide, and handsome" Gary Cooper (as Clint Belmet) gets a little jail cell shut-eye. Awakening, he moseys over to the local saloon, where he is held at gunpoint by the town's drunken sheriff. Mr. Cooper's guardians, Ernest Torrence (as Bill Jackson) and Tully Marshall (as Jim Bridger), secure his release by convincing French lass Lili Damita (as Felice) to pretend she is Cooper's wife. Then, the quartet join a caravan to California. A real romance begins to bloom between Ms. Damita; but, Mr. Torrence and Mr. Tully want Cooper's bachelorhood preserved. Along the way, Indians (Native Americans) lurk…

Old pros Torrence and Marshall are "Fighting Caravans" main attraction. They were responsible for many memorable character roles (mostly) in silent films (mostly); and they are in excellent form, reprising their "Covered Wagon" roles. Cooper obviously enjoys working with them. Ms. Damita is cute and effective. The production levels are relatively high, leading to the obligatory ending battle; but, the performances make it entertaining. Unnecessarily re-made as "Wagon Wheels" (1934), with stock footage and Randolph Scott.

******* Fighting Caravans (2/1/31) Otto Brower, David Burton ~ Gary Cooper, Ernest Torrence, Tully Marshall

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