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Wagon Wheels (1934)

SIn 1844 scout Cint Belmet and his two sidekicks guide a wagon train to the newly opened Oregon territory despite hardships and Indian attack.

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Cast

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Nancy Wellington
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Sonny Wellington
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Kenneth Murdock
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Jim Burch
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Abby Masters
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Hetty Masters
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Bill O'Leary
Howard Wilson ...
Permit Officer
Julian Madison ...
Lester - Guard
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Ebe
Donald Gray ...
Chauncey (as Eldred Tidbury)
Colin Tapley ...
Mountaineer
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Couch
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Jed
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Storyline

The trio of Belmet, Burch, and O'Meary are leading a wagon train west and Murdock is out to stop them. The settlers fight off his initial Indian attack and reach the mountains. With the wagon train vulnerable as it crosses a river, Murdock has the Indians make a final attack. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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THROUGH FIRE, FLOOD, AND BLOODY BATTLES... THE COVERED WAGONS FOUGHT WESTWARD TO OPEN THE OREGON TRAIL! (reissue) See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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15 September 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Caravans West  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The casting of Michael Visaroff makes it appear that Russian interests were involved in the Oregon fur trade. Actually, Russian-American interests were involved in the Alaskan fur trade, not Oregon, which was established by German-born American John Jacob Astor and later British and American interests. See more »

Goofs

Before the wagon train leaves Independence, they all sing Onward Christian Soldiers. Sir Arthur Sullivan didn't compose this hymn until 1871. See more »

Quotes

Kenneth Murdock: There'll be no fur trade if the white man builds his house in Oregon.
Russian: Of course, this immigration cannot be halted permanently. It can be discouraged for a number of years, and now is the time to do it, but we don't want bloodshed, you understand that?
Kenneth Murdock: I understand the white man. When he wants land, for which he gives nothing, he'll destroy anything to get it.
Russian: You speak almost as an Indian.
Kenneth Murdock: My mother was an Indian... my father I never saw.
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Connections

Referenced in Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs (2000) See more »

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Estrelita
Written by Manuel M. Ponce
Adapted by Frank La Forge
Performed by Lorraine Bridges
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the best of the 1930s zane greys
6 May 2001 | by (palm bay florida u.s.a.) – See all my reviews

this 1934 remake of fighting caravans(1931) is by far superior in every way. basically the same story of a wagon train heading to oregon in the 1850s. it has plenty of action to satisfy anyone who craves it. the sound recording was excellent. the acting of the principal players was the best of paramounts long string of zane grey westerns, and the finale with a tremendous musical score to back it up was outstanding. with stock footage from the earlier film,this 54 minute gem flies by. try it i think you will agree.yours at the movies joe rinando. p.s it is available on vhs from amazon.com


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