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The Trail Beyond -- Rod Drew hunts for a missing girl and finds himself in a fight over a goldmine as well.
The Trail Beyond -- Rod Drew hunts for a missing girl and finds himself in a fight over a goldmine as well.


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James Oliver Curwood (based on the story: "The Wolf Hunters")
Lindsley Parsons (screen play)
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22 October 1934 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Rod Drew
Verna Hillie ... Felice Newsome
Noah Beery ... George Newsome (as Noah Beery Sr.)

Noah Beery Jr. ... Wabi
Robert Frazer ... Jules LaRocque
Iris Lancaster ... Marie LaFleur
James A. Marcus ... Brother of John Ball (as James Marcus)
Eddie Parker ... Ryan - the Mountie
Earl Dwire ... Henchman Benoit
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Artie Ortego ... Henchman Towanga (uncredited)
Tex Palmer ... R.C. Mounted Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert N. Bradbury  (as Robert Bradbury)
Writing credits
James Oliver Curwood (based on the story: "The Wolf Hunters")

Lindsley Parsons (screen play)

Produced by
Paul Malvern .... producer
Original Music by
Lee Zahler (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Archie Stout (photography)
Film Editing by
Charles R. Hunt (film editor) (as Charles Hunt)
Art Direction by
E.R. Hickson 
Sound Department
Ralph Shugart .... recordist
Yakima Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Parker .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Sam Perry .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Oliver Wallace .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Lee Zahler .... music supervisor (uncredited)
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55 min
Black and White | Color (colorized)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:S (1946) | Germany:16 | UK:U | UK:U (cut) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Continuity: In the canoe scene when Drew and Wabi leave the cabin with the rescued Mountie, when the Mountie is shot by one of the villains, he falls backwards toward Wabi. In the very next scene he's lying in the other direction toward Drew.See more »
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Featured in God's Country and the Man (1937)See more »


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There's Those "French-Canadian" Trappers Again, 4 December 2001
Author: ( from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

"The Trail Beyond" is another in the series of Lone Star westerns John Wayne starred in between 1933 and 1935. Most were directed by Robert Bradbury (father of Bob Steele). This one is significant in a number of ways:

1) George (Gabby) Hayes is NOT in the cast;

2) It is beautifully photographed (Archie Stout is credited);

3) It features Noah Beery Sr. and Jr.

4) It has "French Canadian" Trappers in the "wilds" of Canada.

The best thing about this film is the spectacular outdoor scenery which is supposed to be Northern Canada but actually is probably some place in California since the poverty row studios of the day simply would not have the resources to film in a distant location.

The plot involves Wayne headin' north to find the long lost niece of a friend and bring her back. Along the way he meets up with an old college chum (Beery Jr.) who just happens to be going the same way. They soon get accused of murder, discover a lost gold mine and are pursued by the Mounties.

Being a Canadian, I've always had a problem with Hollywood's depiction of the "wilds" of Canada. This film is no exception. The chief villains of the piece (Robert Frazer, Earl Dwire) are garbed in the stereotypical plaid shirts, checkered pants, sashes and brimmed caps (What no toques?). Their French accents are hilarious. We see log cabin "settlements" instead of towns and canoes and snowshoes abound everywhere.

On the positive side, Yakima Canutt's stuntwork is outstanding as usual. He performs a leap from a moving train off a bridge into a river, rides two horses in succession off of a cliff (I'm sure I've seen this stunt in other pictures in the series) and performs several horse falls during the film's climax. He can be clearly seen doubling Wayne when he vaults onto a horse and gallops away.

The acting in this film is just plain awful. Wayne was still learning his craft at this time and it shows. Berry Jr. was just starting out too. The less said about heroine Verna Hillie the better. I had higher hopes when I saw Berry Senior's name in the cast. But unfortunately, he is wasted in a bit part as a the owner of a trading post. (They didn't have stores in Canada you see). Berry Sr. might have lifted this picture a notch had he played the villain instead of the inept Frazer and Dwire.

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