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Kurt Kempler (screenplay)
Kurt Kempler (dialogue)
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Release Date:
18 March 1933 (USA) See more »
A greedy businessman-turned-renegade foments an Indian uprising against the coming telegraph to perpetuate his economic stranglehold on the territory. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... John Trent
Duke ... Duke - John's Horse

Frank McHugh ... Corporal Tippy

Marceline Day ... Alice Keller

Otis Harlan ... Uncle Zeke Keller

Albert J. Smith ... Gus Lynch

Yakima Canutt ... High Wolf

Lafe McKee ... Lafe
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chuck Baldra ... Guitar Player Chuck (uncredited)

Chief John Big Tree ... Indian Chief (uncredited)

Bob Burns ... Tall Man in Store (uncredited)

Ben Corbett ... Wagon Driver Benny (uncredited)

Frank Ellis ... First Henchman (uncredited)
Bob Fleming ... Officer (uncredited)

Clarence Geldart ... Army Captain (uncredited)
Jack Jones ... Banjo Player (uncredited)

Jack Kirk ... Guitar Player Jack (uncredited)

Bud McClure ... Man at Meeting (uncredited)
Artie Ortego ... Indian (uncredited)

Bud Osborne ... Army Telegrapher (uncredited)

Al Taylor ... Jonesy (uncredited)

Blackjack Ward ... Telegraph Line Worker (uncredited)

Slim Whitaker ... Second Henchman (uncredited)

Directed by
Tenny Wright 
Writing credits
Kurt Kempler (screenplay)

Kurt Kempler (dialogue)

Produced by
Sid Rogell .... associate producer
Leon Schlesinger .... producer
Original Music by
Leo F. Forbstein 
Cinematography by
Ted D. McCord  (as Ted McCord)
Film Editing by
William Clemens  (as Wm. Clemens)
Yakima Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Other crew
Leon Schlesinger .... presenter
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54 min | USA:60 min (original release)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Norway:A (1933) | USA:Approved (certificate #2587-R) (1935 re-release)

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In "The Telegraph Trail," Yakima Canutt appeared 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 will become one of the most widely used techniques in the film industry.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Shot of the cavalry charging, you can see the tracks of the camera car.See more »
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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Referenced in You Ought to Be in Pictures (1940)See more »
Mandy LeeSee more »


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"Them infernal redskins again!", 22 April 2014
Author: utgard14 from USA

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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