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Trailin' West (1936)

Approved | | Western | 5 September 1936 (USA)
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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Lt. Red Colton
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Lucy Blake
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Jefferson Duane (as Gordon Elliott)
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Curley Thorne
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Joseph Crehan ...
Col. Douglas
Fred Lawrence ...
Lt. Dale (as Frank Prince)
Eddie Shubert ...
Happy Simpson
Henry Otho ...
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Stuart Holmes ...
Elwin H. Stanton
Milton Kibbee ...
Steve - Henchman
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Hotel Clerk
Edwin Stanley ...
Maj. Pinkerton (as Ed. Stanley)
Jim Thorpe ...
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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 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 <vornoff@sonic.net>

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...cause the sky's the limit in thrills as this sensational new hard-swingin;, sweet-singin', trail-blazin' son of the west rides into action in his biggest hit yet! (original print ad) See more »

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Iroiki apostoli  »

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In an outtake which appears in the Warner Club's Breakdowns of 1937 (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" (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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Oh! Susanna
(1848) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Played off-screen on piano in the bar
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One inept spy, one great cowboy hero
14 April 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Trailin' West casts Dick Foran as a Union officer in the west on detached duty as a spy to ferret out a nest of Confederate sympathizers. It's a tried and true plot premise used by Warner Brothers on a bigger scale. Foran gets his mission from no less than Abraham Lincoln played by Robert Barrat and Lincoln's spymaster Allan Pinkerton.

Foran has no better luck than previous agents from Pinkerton's own ranks who get caught and sometimes killed. He loses his credentials and has to rely on his own wits to complete his mission. That and an extraordinary amount of luck which cowboy heroes seem to be able to draw on like a six shooter if needed.

But this is a western made for the Saturday matinée kid crowd and Foran was Warner Brothers B picture western star when he wasn't in A films like The Petrified Forest or The Sisters. And Dick Foran was a good singer who even got to Broadway in a revival of A Connecticut Yankee later on. This film and his other westerns are to exhibit him as a singing cowboy.

Not a great spy, but he's got some nice notes.


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