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The Telegraph Trail (1933)

 -  Western  -  18 March 1933 (USA)
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A greedy businessman-turned-renegade foments an Indian uprising against the coming telegraph to perpetuate his economic stranglehold on the territory.



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Complete credited cast:
Duke ...
Duke - John's Horse
Frank McHugh ...
Corporal Tippy
Alice Keller
Otis Harlan ...
Uncle Zeke Keller
Albert J. Smith ...
Gus Lynch
Yakima Canutt ...
High Wolf
Lafe McKee ...


Greedy opportunist Gus Lynch, in order to continue to gouge townsfolk for necessary supplies, convinces High Wolf and his Indian tribe that they need to prevent the completion of the new telegraph lines or their tribe will be wiped out by a new influx of white men. Receiving an incomplete message warning of a white man's involvement in the recent Indian uprisings, cavalry scout John Trent is sent in to rectify the situation. Written by Doug Sederberg <>

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Release Date:

18 March 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Trilha do Telégrafo  »

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| (original release)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the film that James Cagney is shown as an example of talking pictures (and the reason for his impending unemployment) in Footlight Parade (1933). See more »


Shot of the Indians attacking, you can see the tracks of the camera car. See more »


Gus Lynch: You are wise, High Wolf. Them singin' wires would call the soldiers and that would mean the finish for your braves.
High Wolf: Good. Gus Lynch good friend to Red Man.
Gus Lynch: I tell you only what is good for High Wolf and his people.
High Wolf: Ugh!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits list "Duke" second, closing credits list "Duke" last. See more »


Featured in Footlight Parade (1933) See more »


My Pony Boy
Music by Charley O'Donnell
In the score during the pony express ride
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Some enjoyable intentional and unintentional comedy in this routine B-western with John Wayne.
1 January 1999 | by (Pine Grove, California) – See all my reviews

This early John Wayne western has the frequently used plot of some baddies convincing indians that the white men are up to no good, in this case by building a telegraph line to connect the east and west. But I still had some fun watching it, mostly because of the comedy by both Frank McHugh and Otis Harlan. In their funniest scene, they get drunk while the indians are attacking and they are bleary-eyed enough to think one bullet fells as many as 8 indians. The scene itself, in the middle of a battle in which many are killed, indicates director Tenny Wright did not direct with a heavy hand; I sensed a light-hearted touch throughout, which was a welcome change from most of these westerns. I also laughed whenever some clichéd event occurred, such as the love interest, Marceline Day, overhearing the the baddies talking about the upcoming ambush and getting the information to Wayne. And Wayne's horse, Duke, enters the fight by kicking indians when he was in a tent and observes their silhouettes against the tent wall. No wonder he was billed second in the opening credits, but I still wondered how the other actors felt about being outbilled by a horse.

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