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Trailin' West (1936)

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Sent by President Lincoln to prevent an outlaw band from hampering the war effort, secret agent Red Colton is ambushed and his identity papers stolen, setting him up to be accused by the ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Dick Foran ...
Lieut. Red Colton
Paula Stone ...
Lucy Blake
Bill Elliott ...
Jefferson Duane (as Gordon Elliott)
Addison Richards ...
Curley Thorne
Robert Barrat ...
Joseph Crehan ...
Colonel Douglas
Fred Lawrence ...
Lieutenant Dale (as Frank Prince)
Eddie Shubert ...
Happy Simpson
Henry Otho ...
Henchman Hawk
Stuart Holmes ...
Elwin H. Stanton
Milton Kibbee ...
Henchman Steve
Hotel Clerk
Edwin Stanley ...
Major Pinkerton (as Ed. Stanley)
Jim Thorpe ...
Black Eagle


Sent by President Lincoln to prevent an outlaw band from hampering the war effort, secret agent Red Colton is ambushed and his identity papers stolen, setting him up to be accused by the local army commander of being a traitor. An unknown second agent and a secret password are his only hope of clearing his name and exposing the real culprits. Written by Doug Sederberg <>

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REACH FOR THE SKY, STRANGER ! (original poster-all caps) See more »




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Release Date:

5 September 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Iroiki apostoli  »

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1.37 : 1
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In an outtake which appears in the Warner Club's 'Breakdowns of 1937' blooper reel, Dick Foran attempts to mount the saddle of his horse 'Smoke', only to fail and angrily shout, "I can't raise my ass off the ground!" Subsequently, the blooper became an annual tradition of the 'Breakdowns' series, appearing as the climatic clip up until 'Blow-Ups of 1946.' In these repeats, Foran's audio was slightly altered to say, "I still can't raise my ass off the ground!" See more »


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Moonlight Valley
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Played during the opening credis and often as background music
Played on piano by Paula Stone and sung by Dick Foran
Reprised by them at the White House at the end
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No wonder the spies they sent out never came back!
9 February 1999 | by (Springfield, VA) – See all my reviews

This is perhaps the dumbest spy movie I've ever seen. Everything possible is done to violate basic security procedures.

Maybe Civil War era spies weren't as sophisticated as they are now (or as the average movie fan), but it's impossible to imagine that they'd have been as stupid as they are depicted in this film. Maybe the script was written for Wheeler and Woolsey.

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