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Fighting Caravans -- 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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Writers:
Zane Grey (novel)
Edward E. Paramore Jr. (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
1 February 1931 (USA) See more »
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SMASHING OUTDOOR ROMANCE ( original poster) See more »
Plot:
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Interesting perceptions of an early Western period. See more (15 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gary Cooper ... Clint Belmet
Lili Damita ... Felice (as Lily Damita)
Ernest Torrence ... Bill Jackson

Tully Marshall ... Jim Bridger
Fred Kohler ... Lee Murdock

Eugene Pallette ... Seth
Roy Stewart ... Couch
May Boley ... Jane
Eve Southern ... Faith
Frank Campeau ... Jeff Moffitt
Charles Winninger ... Marshall
Frank Hagney ... Renegade
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Oscar Apfel ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Irving Bacon ... Mustachioed Barfly (uncredited)

Chief John Big Tree ... Indian Chief in Opening Credits (uncredited)
Chris Willow Bird ... Apache Indian (uncredited)
Frank Brownlee ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jack Carlyle ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Blue Cloud ... Navajo Indian (uncredited)

Iron Eyes Cody ... Indian After Firewater (uncredited)
Bill Cooley ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Rae Daggett ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Jane Darwell ... Pioneer Woman (uncredited)
Sidney De Gray ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Clifford Dempsey ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Walter Downing ... Minor Role (uncredited)
James Durkin ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Chief White Eagle ... Indian (uncredited)
Peggy Elinor ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jim Farley ... Amos (uncredited)
Pauline French ... Pioneer Woman (uncredited)
Rosa Gore ... Pioneer Woman (uncredited)
High Eagle ... Mission Indian (uncredited)
Helen Hunt ... Pioneer Woman (uncredited)
Dolores Johnson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jane Keckley ... Pioneer Woman (uncredited)
Harry Lamont ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Harry Lee ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Donald MacKenzie ... Gus (uncredited)
James A. Marcus ... The Blacksmith (uncredited)
Merrill McCormick ... Townsman (uncredited)
Guy Oliver ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Tiny Sandford ... Man at Wagon Train (uncredited)
Syd Saylor ... Charlie (uncredited)
Scott Seaton ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Brawler (uncredited)
Ernest Shields ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bruce Warren ... Minor Role (uncredited)
E. Alyn Warren ... Barlow (uncredited)
White Cloud ... Choctaw Indian (uncredited)
Chief White Feather ... Iroquois Indian (uncredited)

Directed by
Otto Brower 
David Burton 
 
Writing credits
Zane Grey (novel "Wagon Wheels")

Edward E. Paramore Jr. (screenplay) &
Keene Thompson (screenplay) &
Agnes Brand Leahy (screenplay)

Original Music by
Max Bergunker (uncredited)
Emil Bierman (uncredited)
A. Cousminer (uncredited)
Karl Hajos (uncredited)
Herman Hand (uncredited)
Emil Hilb (uncredited)
Sigmund Krumgold (uncredited)
John Leipold (uncredited)
Oscar Potoker (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Lee Garmes 
Henry W. Gerrard  (as Henry Gerrard)
 
Film Editing by
William Shea 
 
Art Direction by
Robert Odell (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Earl S. Hayman .... sound (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Spike Spackman .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Adolph Zukor .... presenter
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Blazing Arrows" - USA (TV title)
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Runtime:
92 min | USA:81 min (DVD)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-12 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)
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Quotes:
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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Featured in Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs (2000) (TV)See more »

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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Interesting perceptions of an early Western period., 10 February 2002
Author: rsoonsa (rsoonsa@bandbbooks.com) from Mountain Mesa, California

This film, Originally titled BLAZING ARROWS, is the first of several based upon a Zane Grey novel published only two years prior, and the version that is most faithful to the book, while being one of the largest budgeted Westerns of the early sound era, with the viewer advised to remember that the period of the narrative (1862) antedated its audience only to the extent that the Great Depression does to spectators today. The story tells of a caravan of freight wagons journeying from Independence, Missouri, to the West Coast during a pre-railroad time, with settlers accompanying, and the procession's four month struggle with hostile Indians, very harsh winter weather, forbidding terrain and renegade betrayal, and is particularly full of interesting detail as to the methods of the freightmen and their metier. Gary Cooper portrays Clint Belmet, a Missouri guide who has been reared and trained as a member of a successive generation of scouts and trappers by two veterans of the breed, Bill Jackson (Ernest Torrence) and Jim Bridger (Tully Marshall), who are unaware that their way of life is to be ended by an advancing intracontinental rail system, only temporarily slowed by the War Between the States. Because of plot circumstances, Belmet must pretend to be married to a lone traveller, Felice (Lily Damita), and their seesaw relationship provides one of the main themes of a wideranging scenario, with Belmet and his mentors trumpeting of the glories of their fading way of life while Felice seeks to inculcate within her swain a sense of domestic virtue. The cinematography of Lee Garmes is very effective with its images of the travails of the wagon train and his work is not compromised by the editing which is crisp and appropriate for a film as episodic as is this one. The work's most serious failing is a lack of a consistent point of view, as it is essentially a comedy, due largely to a highly effectual performance from Torrence, here permitted to utilize his native Scottish burr to its fullest, and is somewhat reduced in impact during scenes of action and romance as a result of only cursory emphasis upon each.

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