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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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High Wolf
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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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Trivia

Yakima Canutt appeared here in only his second outing with John Wayne. From this film on, the two were to research, choreograph and perfect the western genre fight scene by camera angle position and their throwing of punches technique. From here on, their technique would be employed by Hollywood and became one of the most widely used techniques in the film industry. See more »

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Shot of the cavalry charging, you can see the tracks of the camera car. See more »

Quotes

Corporal Tippy: [Referring to Alice] I told ya she's in cahoots with Lynch.
John Trent: I don't know what their game is, but I'm not letting any woman pull the wool over my eyes!
Corporal Tippy: What wool?
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Opening credits list "Duke" second, closing credits list "Duke" last. See more »

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Features The Red Raiders (1927) See more »

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Oh Susanna
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Written by Stephen Foster
Played by the men at Pine Bluff, including John Wayne on harmonica
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Mildly Entertaining Western
22 August 2016 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Telegraph Trail (1933)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

A company is trying to hang telegraph wire out West but their men keep coming under attack by Indians so they send John Trent (John Wayne) out there along with his sidekick Tippy (Frank McHugh). Once out there John strikes up a relationship with Alice (Marceline Day) and begins to realize Gus Lynch (Albert J. Smith) is actually the one making the Indians attack.

This "B" Western certainly shows its low-budget nature but if you're a fan of such films then there's enough going on here to keep you entertained throughout the rather short running time. If you've seen enough of these films then you already know that they rarely have much of a story or at least much of an original one. The entire bit with telegraph wire had already been done countless times by 1933 but what's one more film? The highlight is certainly the cast with Wayne in good form as he obviously has no problem playing the hero. Day is good in her role as is Smtih in his. Duke, the horse, is back once again with his name in the credits right by Wayne. I also thought McHugh added some nice support and gets the biggest laugh in the film when he gives his silly one-tone laugh.

With that said, the film comes up ultra cheap at the end when the majority of the big battle is taken from other movies. The footage is obviously from a silent movie so that takes some points away since they couldn't even stage their own scenes here.


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