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The Oregon Trail (1939)

Passed  -  Action | Adventure | Western  -  4 July 1939 (USA)
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Wagon trains are not making it to Oregon and Jeff Scott has been sent to investigate. Morgan, the representitive of an eastern syndicate, controls the fur trade and does not want the area ... See full summary »

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Jeff Scott (as John Mack Brown)
Louise Stanley ...
Margaret Mason
Fuzzy Knight ...
Deadwood Hawkins
Bill Cody Jr. ...
Jimmie Clark
Edward LeSaint ...
John Mason (as Ed LeSaint)
James Blaine ...
Sam Morgan
Charles Stevens ...
'Breed'
Jack C. Smith ...
Bull Bragg
Roy Barcroft ...
Colonel Custer
Charles Murphy ...
Tompkins
Colin Kenny ...
Slade - Morgan Henchman
Forrest Taylor ...
Daggett - Morgan Henchman
Charles King ...
Dirk - Morgan Henchman
Jim Toney ...
Idaho Ike
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Wagon trains are not making it to Oregon and Jeff Scott has been sent to investigate. Morgan, the representitive of an eastern syndicate, controls the fur trade and does not want the area settled. So he sends his men lead by Bull Bragg to stop the latest wagon train. Scott is quickly on to Bragg and repeatedly captures him only to have him escape before he can reveal whom is responsible for the attacks. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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wagon train | oregon | capture | fur | escape | See more »

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15 THRILL-THRONGED CHAPTERS OF EXCITING SPEED-SCORCHED ACTION! (original poster) See more »


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4 July 1939 (USA)  »

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(15 chapters)

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Chapter Titles:
  • 1. The Renegade's Revenge
  • 2. The Flaming Forest
  • 3. The Brink of Disaster
  • 4. Thundering Doom
  • 5. Stampede
  • 6. Indian Vengeance
  • 7. Trail of Treachery
  • 8. Redskin's Revenge
  • 9. The Avalanche of Doom
  • 10. The Plunge of Peril
  • 11. Trapped in the Flames
  • 12. The Baited Trap
  • 13. Crashing Timbers
  • 14. Death in the Night
  • 15. The End of the Trail
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Edited into Overland Mail (1942) See more »

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Oh, Susanna
Played under credits and in various chapters
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Wagons West to the Promised Land
17 September 2000 | by (Gloucester, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

The Oregon Trail was the last of four serials that Johnny Mack Brown made for Universal in the 30's before moving exclusively to features. This 15 chapter saga details the trials and tribulations of a wagon trail headed west to the promised land in Oregon.

There are large scale Indian attacks, the cavalry riding to the rescue and the usual hair-raising escapes to entertain the avid serial lover. As in most Universal serials, liberal use is made of stock footage from the silent era.

Once again, Brown is cast as the dressed all in black hero who leads the wagon train. Fuzzy Knight provides support as Brown's sidekick.

Where the casting breaks down is in the portrayals of the chief villains. James Blaine is barely adequate as "Morgan", the chief baddie, but it is Jack C. Smith as "Bull Bragg" who clearly was not up to the role. Of the villains, Charles Stevens as "Breed" stands out. Either Forrest Taylor, Tom London or Charles King, who play small roles as henchmen, could have elevated this picture by playing the "Morgan" and "Bragg" roles.

If the producers could only have seen a few years into the future, they would have seen that they had the future "King of the Bad Guys", Roy Barcroft (cast curiously as General Custer) in their cast. Ah but hindsight is always 20/20.


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