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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 »
When Johnny Comes Marching HomeSee more »


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Wagons West to the Promised Land, 17 September 2000
Author: Brian J. Smith from Gloucester, Ontario, Canada

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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