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

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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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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The Oregon Trail was accessible only by foot or horseback in its earliest days (1811-40). The first wagon train started out in 1836 when the road was improved to accommodate wagons from Independence, Missouri, to Fort Hill, Idaho. Each year improvements like ferry crossings were added. The eastern portion of the Trail also served as the beginning of other western routes--the California Trail, the Bozeman Rail, and the Mormon Trail--before they broke off into different directions. During its peak years (1846-69) 400,000 settlers, pioneers, trappers, miners, etc., took advantage of the highway. When the transcontinental railroad opened in 1869, use of the trail went into decline. See more »

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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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Edited into Wagon Wheels (1953) See more »

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Wagon Wheels
Words and Music by Billy Hill, Peter De Rose
Performed by Earl Covert and The Guardsmen (as 'The Singing Guardsmen') and by the cast
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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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