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Wagon Wheels (1934)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Gail Patrick ...
Nancy Wellington
Billy Lee ...
Sonny Wellington
Monte Blue ...
Kenneth Murdock
Raymond Hatton ...
Jim Burch
Jan Duggan ...
Abby Masters
Leila Bennett ...
Hetty Masters
Olin Howland ...
Bill O'Leary
Howard Wilson ...
Permit Officer
Julian Madison ...
Lester - Guard
Alfred Delcambre ...
Ebe
Donald Gray ...
Chauncey (as Eldred Tidbury)
Colin Tapley ...
Mountaineer
J.P. McGowan ...
Couch
James A. Marcus ...
Jed
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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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Frontier Busters....Fighting Men...In an Epic of the Oregon Trail! (original poster) 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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Oh Susannah
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A simple straight-forward old western starring Randolph Scott.
25 September 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The print for this old western is only fair and unfortunately it does not have any sort of captioning---either closed captioning or DVD captions.

I chose to watch this film because it starred Randolph Scott--and I never turn down a chance to see another one of his westerns. Compared to the average film in the genre, Scott's always seem a bit better--much of it due to Scott's seemingly effortless acting. Even here, early in his career, his gentle yet rugged persona is intact--and quite enjoyable in this rather short B-movie. Another reason, it turned out, to see it was young Billy Lee--one of the cutest child actors I can recall--and not in a cloying and saccharine manner.

Not surprisingly considering the title, "Wagon Wheels" is about a wagon train that is heading to Oregon but must deal with the elements as well as American-Indians that are being stirred up by a jerky half-Indian (Murdock). Scott and his two very scruffy looking friends are in charge of getting these settlers to their destination.

As for the story, it's very straight-forward---without a lot of the sentiment and clichés you'd normally find in a 30s B-movie. As a result, the film does seem a tad rushed but is otherwise pretty watchable.

By the way, for historical purists out there, while the story is supposed to be set around 1850, the guns are clearly newer--with the settlers using what appear to be cartridges--which were not readily available at that time in history. Also, while popular in films, American-Indians did NOT make a habit of attacking wagon trains--in fact, it was a very, very rare occurrence.


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