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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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IT TOOK FIGHTING COURAGE AND GLORY TO 'WIN THE WEST'! See more »


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15 September 1934 (USA)  »

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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

Abby Masters: What'll we do if the food were all gone?
Jim Burch: Dunno. Bunch of trappers got in that fix once... and they jest et each other.
Abby Masters: Ooooh...
Hetty Masters: I don't believe it.
Bill O'Leary: Jim oughta know. He's the sole survivor of that party.
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Soundtracks

Onward Christian Soldiers
(uncredited)
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by Sabine Baring-Gould
Sung by the pioneers
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Excellent western from 1934
23 March 2016 | by (Reno, Nv) – See all my reviews

Wagon Wheels is a really enjoyable old western to watch. Set in the year 1844, any viewer will find humor, music, drama, suspense, romance, and excellent acting throughout the cast. It is also a superb depiction of some of the elements, and especially equipment that beset an 1840's wagon train heading west. The ensemble actors had a keen sense of playing their roles in a manner depicting that previous period. Randolph Scott leads the players, where he is heroic, valiant of character, and sagacious of spirit. . .while his easy natural ways are endearing. Beautiful Gail Patrick is perfect for her role as a widowed mother taking a 4 year old son west. Her little boy, played by Billy Lee, is one of the great child actors ever, and gives a wonderful performance here. The 3 men leading the wagon west (Randolph Scott & 2 grizzled characters) have a real challenge defeating the elements that fall upon them. I don't want to give the whole story away, only to say I've seen a whole lot of westerns, and this one is one of the most enjoyable to me.


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