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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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Big, splashy--but not particularly good 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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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:
Bill Jackson:He ain't been himself for the last three days. I've been watching him pretty close. Yesterday, he only had eleven drinks.
Jim Bridger:And he's been a-working too. Doing things he don't have to do.
Bill Jackson:She's got him all right.
Jim Bridger:Let's get drunk!
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Featured in Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs (2000) (TV)See more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Big, splashy--but not particularly good, 30 May 2014
Author: fredcdobbs5 (fredcdobbs5@yahoo.com) from California

"Fighting Caravans", while an "A" picture in presentation, is a "B" picture in spirit. Even allowing for the fact that talkies had only been around for a few years when this film came out in 1931, it's still very much rooted in silent-era melodrama, even though some comedy scenes between veterans Ernest Torrance and Tully Marshall are injected in an attempt to lighten things up. Gary Cooper is effective, if still a bit hesitant in delivering his lines, and his love interest Lili Damita is pretty and sexy but wildly miscast and not up to the job. The film had two directors, and it's painfully obvious which one did what--David Burton, a Russian émigré brought out from the Broadway stage, directed the non-action scenes and his background shows in the unimaginative staging (this was only his third film as a director) and overexaggerated acting. Co-director Otto Brower was an action specialist and second-unit director, and while he did some excellent work later in his career (he worked on 1946's "Duel in the Sun", 1944's "Buffalo Bill" and 1939's "Jesse James", among dozens of others), the climactic Indian attack in this film is actually pretty ineptly staged; although there are a lot of Indians riding around, whooping and getting shot off their horses, it's not particularly exciting or even involving and, in addition, is very poorly edited.

If Paramount meant this picture to be its answer to "The Big Trail", "The Iron Horse" or "The Covered Wagon", it fails badly. It has its moments (there's a good bar brawl about halfway through the picture) and Torrance and Marshall work well together, but all in all, it's just a "B" picture in everything but budget, and not as good as many others that cost far less. Worth a watch once, maybe, but not more than that.

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