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The Telegraph Trail (1933)

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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Duke ...
Duke - John's Horse
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Corporal Tippy
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Alice Keller
Otis Harlan ...
Uncle Zeke Keller
Albert J. Smith ...
Gus Lynch
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High Wolf
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Lafe
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Storyline

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 <vornoff@sonic.net>

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18 March 1933 (USA)  »

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A Trilha do Telégrafo  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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

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Featured in Footlight Parade (1933) See more »

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Mandy Lee
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Written by Thurland Chattaway
Played by the men and sung at Pine Bluff
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"Them infernal redskins again!"
22 April 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Another B western from the early '30s with a young John Wayne and his horse Duke. A greedy white man is stirring up Indians to attack men installing telegraph lines. Army scout Wayne is sent to investigate. Frank McHugh plays Wayne's sidekick. He seems really out of place in a western. Get back to the city with Cagney, Frank. Marceline Day plays the inevitable love interest. Her character is responsible for some of the goofier parts of the plot. But she's likable and pleasant enough. It's a routine but enjoyable western with some comedy and romance. Nothing to write home about but Wayne fans will probably enjoy it for curiosity's sake.


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