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George H. Plympton (original screenplay) &
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Release Date:
4 July 1939 (USA) See more »
Wagon trains are not making it to Oregon and Jeff Scott has been sent to investigate. Morgan, the representitive of an eastern syndicate... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Johnny Mack Brown ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hank Bell ... Clear Water Barfly [Ch. 3] (uncredited)

Chief John Big Tree ... Spotted Elk (uncredited)

Dick Botiller ... Yellow Snake [Ch. 3, 6] (uncredited)

Ed Brady ... Settler (uncredited)

Horace B. Carpenter ... Pioneer at Wagon Train Camp [Ch. 2] (uncredited)

Lane Chandler ... Corporal in Sherman's Office [Ch.1] (uncredited)

Iron Eyes Cody ... Crow Foot [Ch. 10] (uncredited)
Gomer Cool ... Wagon Train Musician (uncredited)

Jim Corey ... Pioneer at Wagon Train Camp [Ch.2 and Others] (uncredited)
Robert 'Captain Bob' Crawford ... Wagon Train Musician (uncredited)
Edward 'Tookie' Cronenbold ... Wagon Train Musician (uncredited)

Frank Ellis ... Clear Water Blacksmith [Ch. 5 and Others] (uncredited)

Helen Gibson ... Wagon Train Pioneer [Ch. 6] (uncredited)
Karl Hackett ... Clark [ch. 1] (uncredited)

Chick Hannan ... Henchman (uncredited)

Kenneth Harlan ... General Terry [Ch. 1] (uncredited)
George Hazel ... Squirrel Tooth [ch. 7] (uncredited)

Bob Kortman ... Bartender (uncredited)

Frank LaRue ... Luke Shaver [Ch. 5] (uncredited)

Tom London ... Pete Cave Henchman [Ch. 12] (uncredited)

Johnny Luther ... Paradise Valley Henchman [Ch. 15] (uncredited)

Cactus Mack ... Settler (uncredited)
Francis 'Irish' Mahaney ... Wagon Train Musician (uncredited)
Chief Many Treaties ... Red Fox (uncredited)
Roderic 'Dave' May ... Wagon Train Musician (uncredited)

Bud McClure ... Timmons [Ch. 15] (uncredited)

Lafe McKee ... Settler (uncredited) (archive footage)

Horace Murphy ... Irate Agitaiting Townsman [Ch. 6] (uncredited)
George Plues ... Settler & Stage Driver (uncredited)

Warner Richmond ... General Sherman [Ch.1] (uncredited)
Matty Roubert ... Paradise Valley Henchman [Ch. 15] (uncredited)
Dick Rush ... Clear Water Marshal [Ch. 3] (uncredited)

Tom Smith ... Settler (uncredited)

Tom Steele ... Deputy (uncredited)

Harry Tenbrook ... Henchman [Ch. 11] (uncredited)

Blackjack Ward ... Henchman (uncredited)
Bill Wolfe ... Settler (uncredited)
Tex Young ... Settler (uncredited)

Directed by
Ford Beebe 
Saul A. Goodkind 
Writing credits
George H. Plympton (original screenplay) (as George Plympton) &
Basil Dickey (original screenplay) &
Edmond Kelso (original screenplay) (as Edmund Kelso) &
W.W. Watson (original screenplay)

Produced by
Henry MacRae .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Jerome Ash (photography)
William A. Sickner (photography) (as William Sickner)
Film Editing by
Joseph Gluck 
Louis Sackin 
Alvin Todd 
Art Direction by
Ralph M. DeLacy  (as Ralph DeLacy)
Sound Department
Bernard B. Brown .... sound supervisor
Jess Moulin .... sound technician
Yakima Canutt .... stunts (archive footage) (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... stunt double (uncredited)
Matty Roubert .... stunt double (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunt double (uncredited)
Ray Telford .... stunt double: Kenneth Harlan (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Saul A. Goodkind .... supervising editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Charles Previn .... musical director
W. Franke Harling .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Sam Perry .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Charles Previn .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
David Raksin .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Clifford Vaughan .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Franz Waxman .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Dorothy B. Cormack .... dialogue director

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Additional Details

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USA:320 min (15 chapters)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #5150) (Ch. 1-6) | USA:Approved (PCA #5154) (Ch. 7) | USA:Approved (PCA #5155) (Ch. 8) | USA:Approved (PCA #5156) (Ch. 9) | USA:Approved (PCA #5157) (Ch. 10) | USA:Approved (PCA #5158) (Ch. 11) | USA:Approved (PCA #5159) (Ch. 12) | USA:Approved (PCA #5166) (Ch. 13-15)

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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 Vengeanc 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.See more »
Continuity: Chapter 13: Jeff is shot at and he falls into the water, a white hat can be seen, but when he comes out of the water, he has a black hat.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into Overland Mail (1942)See more »
Battle Hymn of the RepublicSee more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Good Ol' West., 8 September 2010
Author: harlow28 from Byron Bay, Australia

Glad this was a Serial (Universal Pictures) and not a 60 minute 1930's Western.

Enjoyed each and every 15 chapters. I reckon this is the best of the 5 Western Serials, Johnny Mack Brown appeared in (he only ever appeared in 5 serials). The others are:

'Fighting with Kit Carson' 1933. Mascot Pictures. 'The Rustlers of Red Dog' 1935. Universal Pictures. 'Wild West Days' 1937. Universal Pictures. 'Flaming Frontiers' 1938. Universal Pictures.

In 1934 Johnny Mack got 3rd Bill in Mae West's "Belle of the Nineties" and Fuzzy Knight played one of the Comedians.

'The Oregon Trail' was the next film they both appeared in and was the start of over 30 films with Fuzzy as Johnny's sidekick.

Ford Beebe the Director also directed the Serials 'Flash Gordon', 'The Green Hornet'1940 and 'Buck Rogers'. He also directed all 12 movies in the "Bomba the Jungle Boy' series.

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