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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.
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James Oliver Curwood (based on the story: "The Wolf Hunters")
Lindsley Parsons (screen play)
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Release Date:
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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Villain Noah Beery, Sr., challenged leading lady Verna Hillie to a drinking contest on location.See more »
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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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Surprisingly Attractive B-Western, 28 September 2012
Author: James Hitchcock from Tunbridge Wells, England

"The Trail Beyond" is one of many low-budget western B-movies made by John Wayne during the 1930s. Rather unusually for a Western, however, this one is set in Canada. No doubt the 19th-century Canadian West offered as many challenges to settlers as the American West, and gave rise to as many adventures, but in general Hollywood tended to ignore any part of the North American continent lying north of the 49th parallel. (Apart, of course, from Alaska).

Here Wayne's character Rod Drew and his friend Wabi travel to Northern Canada searching for a long-lost gold miner and his missing daughter. A complication arises, however, when they are falsely accused of murder and pursued by the Mounties. ("Wabi" is presumably an American Indian name as the character is said to be half-Indian. As, however, the name is pronounced "Wobbie" I assumed that he was really called "Robbie" but spoke with a lisp).

The film exhibits many of the weaknesses I have come to associate with "Poverty Row" westerns, namely:-

A hackneyed, cliché-ridden plot, in this case revolving around a treasure map, a gold mine and a gang of villains out to steal the treasure from its rightful owner.

Ethnically stereotyped bad guys, in this case French-Canadians with accents as villainous as their personalities. (Well, at least it makes a change from casting Mexicans or Indians as the villains).

Dubious acting skills. Even Wayne does little to suggest a major star in the making.

Lack of attention to period detail. Most of the cast wear generic late 19th century Western costumes, but at one point we see Rod and Wabi wearing 1930s-style lounge suits while travelling in a train of distinctly 20th century vintage.

Badly choreographed fist-fights. It would appear from watching this film that an extremely effective fighting technique, and one guaranteed to knock your opponent off his feet, is to punch the air about six inches away from his nose.

Some of the stunts, however, are well done, and the film does have one feature not normally associated with Poverty Row. Most B-movie Westerns of this period were filmed on a Hollywood back lot, but this one was obviously shot on location against a background of real forests, lakes and mountains. Admittedly, filming took place around Mammoth Lakes, California, around twenty degrees of latitude further south than the film's ostensible setting, but much of the photography is in fact strikingly attractive. It is this feature which is responsible for the film getting a higher mark from me than it otherwise would have done. 5/10

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