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Oregon Trail (1945)

Passed  -  Western  -  14 July 1945 (USA)
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Escaping the law, Jim Parker arrives in a town that is controlled by Higgins and his crony Judge. When he stands up to Higgins he is made Sheriff only to be shot in the back, After ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Sunset Carson ...
Frank Jaquet ...
John Merton ...
Mary Carr ...
Si Jenks ...
Andy Kline (as Si 'Rawhide' Jenks)
Bud Geary ...
Kenne Duncan ...
Steve Winston ...
Lee Shumway ...
Earle Hodgins ...
Tom London ...


Escaping the law, Jim Parker arrives in a town that is controlled by Higgins and his crony Judge. When he stands up to Higgins he is made Sheriff only to be shot in the back, After recovering he returns to get the man that shot him. When the gang attacks, he fights back from the newspaper office. When a stray bullet nicks the printing press plate he sees that it is solid gold and its not long before the masquerades on both sides of the law are revealed. Written by Maurice VanAuken <>

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SUNSET CARSON...backs up the law with roaring two-gun action! (original ad) See more »




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14 July 1945 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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[first lines]
[the conductor reads about a train robbery in Jim's newspaper]
Train conductor: I'm glad it didn't happen on my run. That Dawson gang is plenty tough.
Jim Parker: So I've heard!
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Oregon Trail trivia
8 March 2008 | by (Hamilton OHIO) – See all my reviews

Photos of the Oregon Trail (1945) show Sunset Carson standing with Peggy Stewart by a stagecoach and defending her with his gun drawn. He is wearing a black leather jacket with stud buttons. However, in the movie, he doesn't wear this jacket at all. Apparently this was his motorcycle jacket that he happened to have handy the day they were taking the photos. If you look carefully, you will see that this is true. There is a scene in the film that Peggy Stewart loves to tell about. Sunset was supposed to stop the stagecoach at one point and make everybody get out. He's looking for something. When he doesn't find it, he is supposed to say "Wind up those wheels and let 'er go." Director Tommy Carr did not want to have to dub the scene later so he told Sunset just to do the line. Sunset repeats the line "Wind (as in gust of wind). Apparently he kept making the same mistake in repeated takes, all of which cost the company money. Carr gets upset at Sunset and looks up at him. Sunset stood about 6'6" to Carr's 5'. Sunset looks down at Carr, pushes his Stetson back on his head, and says "I'll be damned, Tommy. It's "wind" in my script."

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