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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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Antique Western Worth Remembering See more (14 total) »

Cast

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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 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)
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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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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Antique Western Worth Remembering, 29 January 2005
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

During the Civil War, FIGHTING CARAVANS of freight wagons make their way West, crossing hostile Indian country.

This sturdy Zane Grey Western, largely forgotten over the decades, offers some fine entertainment with its good performances and vivid location filming. The number of wagons, livestock and extras used show that Paramount Studios paid out a fair few pennies for decent production values. The dramatic struggles across the wilderness and a rousing Indian attack help punch up the action considerably.

Laconic Gary Cooper stars as the trail guide helping to lead the teamsters and settlers through dangerous territory. Hot-tempered Lili Damita plays a solitary French maiden driving her wagon West. Their intermittent romance is completely predictable, but the two young performers make it all very watchable.

Stealing their every scene are a pair of old pros from the Silent days: Ernest Torrence & Tully Marshall. Playing a couple of grizzled, drunken, women-hating trail guides--as well as Coop's best buddies--they are very amusing in their attempts to break-up the budding romance between their protégé and the troubling Miss Damita.

Rotund Eugene Palette is on hand as a lovelorn member of the wagon train. Charles Winninger enlivens the film's opening minutes as the blustery Marshal of Independence, Missouri.

Movie mavens will recognize sweet Jane Darwell as a pioneer and Iron Eyes Cody as a Fort Indian in search of firewater, both uncredited.

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