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 overview, first billed only:
Nancy Wellington
Sonny Wellington
Kenneth Murdock
Jim Burch
Abby Masters
Leila Bennett ...
Hetty Masters
Bill O'Leary
Howard Wilson ...
Permit Officer
Julian Madison ...
Lester - Guard
Donald Gray ...
Chauncey (as Eldred Tidbury)
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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 <>

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Adventure-loving men and their devoted women in a breathtaking romance of the Oregon Trail! See more »


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Release Date:

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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This film was re-released theatrically under its original title, but when it was sold to television, it was re-titled 'Caravans West', most likely to protect the theatrical re-release showings which were still in progress in some territories. See more »


Although he refers to them as trappers. Jim makes reference to the cannibalism of the Donner "Party," but that didn't occur until 1847, not 1845. See more »


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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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

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