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Oregon Trail Scouts (1947)

Passed | | Western | 5 May 1947 (USA)
Red Ryder battles an unscrupulous fur thief named Hunter for the right to trap beaver and otter on the land of Chief Running Fox. Hunter attempts to ambush Ryder and his pal "Bear Trap" and... See full summary »

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Red Ryder battles an unscrupulous fur thief named Hunter for the right to trap beaver and otter on the land of Chief Running Fox. Hunter attempts to ambush Ryder and his pal "Bear Trap" and when this fails, he kidnaps Little Beaver, grandson of the Chief, and kills the Judge, with whom the boy had been staying. But the boy manages to escape. The Duchess, Ryder's aunt, turns up and tries to persuade Ryder to return east with her. He discovers her and Little Beaver as stowaways in the supply train he is taking to the Indian camp. Hunter stages a fake Indian attack and attempts to recapture Little Beaver. The latter escapes and locates Running Fox who leads his warriors to the rescue. Hunter tries to escape by using Little Beaver as a shield, but he is knocked cold by the Duchess who sneaks up behind him. There is a joyful reunion between the old chief and his grandson, but Little Beaver elects to stay with Ryder and renounces his right to one day be chief in favor of Barking Squirrel. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Red Ryder tale set in the past
26 November 2004 | by (Flushing, NY) – See all my reviews

The film starts takes place before the series began telling the story of how Red met and became guardian of Little Beaver. Years back, Red led a wagon train of fur trappers into an Indian reservation, where an Indian agent, Bliss, is getting permission from Chief Running Fox to have the trappers hunt on the reservation. Hunter, a trapper himself, as well as outlaw, is also trying to get to hunt on Running Fox' land, and has an ace in the hole. It seems years ago he kidnapped Running Fox' grandson as a baby, and planned to exchange the future chief for the land. The baby, now grown as Little Beaver (who lives on the reservation unknown that he is the future chief) is the target of Hunter, who now needs to get the child to have something to hold against Running Fox. Red, Bear Trap, and the Duchess (who has just arrived west to bring Red back to Pennsylvania, to get him away from the untamed west) to stop Hunter and his gang from creating a war between the wagon train and Indians. Nice entry in the Ryder series, but far from the best, much of it because the lack of a big action sequence, settling for smaller fights. The Little Beaver origin story is good, also including the Duchess coming out west (as usual the interaction between Lynn and Wentworth is priceless). Some nice camera-work by Springsteen heightens the film. Rating, based on B westerns, 7.


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