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Western Trails (1938)

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In a remake of Dawn Trail, Bob Mason is wounded chasing the killers of his father. During his recovery, his nurse is Alice whom his friend Ben plans to marry. He eventually learns the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Bob Baker ...
Marjorie Reynolds ...
Alice Gordon
John Ridgely ...
Ben McClure
Rudd Gordon (as Carlyle Moore)
Forrest Taylor ...
Stagecoach Shotgun Guard
Franco Corsaro ...
Indian Joe (as Franko Carsarro)
Bob Burns ...
Dan 'Dad' Mason
Jack Rockwell ...
Livery Stable Owner
Wimpy ...
Smoky - Bob's Dog
Apache ...
Apache - Bob's Horse


In a remake of Dawn Trail, Bob Mason is wounded chasing the killers of his father. During his recovery, his nurse is Alice whom his friend Ben plans to marry. He eventually learns the killer was Alice's brother Rudd. But Rudd convinces Ben that Bob is taking Alice away from him. So Ben removes the bullets from Bob's gun just before Bob goes off to face Rudd. Written by Maurice VanAuken <>

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1 June 1938 (USA)  »

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De misdaad in het veeland  »

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[Ben has been mortally wounded while fighting outlaws with Bob]
Ben McClure: It's getting dark - it ain't sundown, is it? You better tell Alice I won't be home for dinner.
[Ben dies in Bob's arms]
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Remake of Galloping Thru (1931) See more »


Riding the Trail Again
Written by Fleming Allen
Sung by Bob Baker
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With one exception,each and every film, starring Bob Baker, that Trem Carr and Paul Malvern made for Universal Pictures was a remake of some previous film they had produced circa 1931-35 that had starred either Bob Steele or Tom Tyler (for Monogram) or John Wayne (for Lone Star/Monogram.) This one was no exception and, in, fact, was nearly an exact-remake of two of those films..."Galloping Thru" with Tom Tyler and "The Dawn Rider" with John Wayne.

Baker's version even used most of the same role names from the Wayne film...Bob Mason rather than John Mason, but retained all the major role names...Alice Gordon, Ben McClure, 'Dad' Mason and Rudd Gordon. Norton S. Parker was credited on the Baker film with "Story" but the story of "Western Trails" is the exact same story as used on "Galloping Thru" and "The Dawn Rider," so the man, Lloyd Nosler, who actually wrote the original story, for all three films got a royal short-changing on "Western Trails," while Norton S. Parker got credit for something written by somebody else.

Where was the WGA when they were needed? Well, obviously, not present and accounted for on 1938's "Western Trails."

Despite reports to the contrary elsewhere, "Western Trails" was not a remake of a Buck Jones film called "The Dawn Trail."

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