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Kit Carson (1940)

Indian fighter, trapper and frontier scout Kit Carson leads a wagon train of settlers from Fort Bridger, along the Oregon Trail through Shoshone territory, to California which plans to secede from Mexico.

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Lopez
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Ape
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Miss Pilchard
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Paul Terry
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Alice Terry
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General Vallejo
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Larkin
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John Sutter
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James King (as Peter Lynn)
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Storyline

Trapper Kit Carson and his band of men join John C. Fremont on his way to California. Enroute they are subjected to Indian attacks that are propagated by the Mexican Government, that does not want the contingency to reach California. Once in California, Fremont and Carson initiate a campaign to free the state from Mexican control. Written by Buxx Banner <buxx572@aol.com>

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A MIGHTY SAGA OF PIONEER COURAGE...that gave the nation a new empire!


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30 August 1940 (USA)  »

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Im Tal des Schreckens  »

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(Western Electric Sound System: The Voice of America)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Both Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels appear in this movie, better known as the Lone Ranger and Tonto. See more »

Goofs

Kit Carson comments to Fremont about playing "Taps" the bugle call. "Taps" was first written in 1862 by General Dan Butterfield and soon accepted for lights out and then at funerals. There was a "Tatoo" call used for lights out in 1850 and the army also used a French set of bugle calls, but not yet had "Taps" at the time of the setting of the movie. See more »

Quotes

Ape: It's love. I'm in it.
Lopez: Oh-ho!
Kit Carson: Who?
Ape: Genevieve.
Kit Carson: Oh! Well, what are you gonna do about it?
Ape: Well, the first thing I'm gonna do is swear off lyin'.
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Connections

Edited into Davy Crockett, Indian Scout (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair
(1854) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Often in the score as a love theme for Kit and Dolores
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Not bad not good....in fact, pretty ordinary.
2 February 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Aside from the novelty of seeing Jon Hall and Harold Huber in a western (as neither were the type to usually do westerns), there isn't a whole lot distinctive about this western. It's one of a billion (give or take 5) that are completely fictional stories about real life westerners. In this case, it's Kit Carson--an interesting guy but also someone where about 98% of what you read and see in movies about his is complete fiction. In this case, it's pretty much more of the same.

Kit (Jon Hall) and his friends (Harold Huber and Ward Bond) have just finished an adventure which includes the hilarious pastime of killing Indians and scalping them. So, when the cavalry officer (Dana Andrews) asks them to guide a wagon train west to California, Kit is not interested. However, when Kit gets a gander at a feisty lady, he completely changes his mind and leads the settlers. The problem is that an evil Spanish megalomaniac is planning on turning California into is own little fiefdom and plans on wiping out the settlers. Can Kit and the cavalry stop this nut-job and make America safe for more white folks wanting Indian scalps? Bad history but somewhat entertaining. Not a great film but a decent one if you adore the genre. Not much more I want to say about this rather forgettable film.


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