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Santa Fe Trail (1940) Poster

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The seventh of nine movies made together by Warner Brothers' romantic couple Olivia de Havilland and Errol Flynn.
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Raymond Massey starred as John Brown again in Seven Angry Men (1955), the main story of which is also the trial and hanging of the abolitionist.
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Aptly enough, the movie made its world premiere in Santa Fe, NM.
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Shown at some engagements with Warner Bros.' new Vitasound audio process. Often incorrectly called a stereophonic process, Vitasound actually combined a standard, variable-width monophonic soundtrack with a second variable-width control track, located between the soundtrack and the sprocket holes, that increased loudness for certain scenes by switching on additional amplifiers and speakers. "Santa Fe Trail" was one of only two films shown in the Vitasound process (the other was Four Wives (1939)).
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The song "Benny Havens, Oh!" (sung by the soldiers at the farewell party at Fort Leavenworth) is a song from West Point. Benny Havens ran a public house near by West Point Military Academy. The writing of the song in his establishment by a Lt. O'Brien is commemorated in a mural in the Benny Havens Room of the West Point Army Mess.
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Errol Flynn plays Jeb Stuart, with Ronald Reagan playing George Armstrong Custer. A year later Flynn would play Custer in They Died with Their Boots On (1941).
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film.
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Ronald Reagan got the part of George Custer on the strength of his success playing George Gipp in Knute Rockne All American (1940).
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