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James Edward Grant (screenplay)
Frank J. Nevins (based upon a novel: A Yankee Dared)
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Release Date:
18 May 1950 (USA) See more »
Loumas, president of the Rock Island Trail company, tries to expand his rails into the Midwest but finds... See more » | Add synopsis »
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This movie is the story of my ancestor's life, in part See more (5 total) »


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Forrest Tucker ... Reed Loomis

Adele Mara ... Constance Strong

Lorna Gray ... Aleeta (as Adrian Booth)

Bruce Cabot ... Kirby Morrow

Chill Wills ... Hogger McCoy
Barbra Fuller ... Annabelle Marsh

Grant Withers ... David Strong

Jeff Corey ... Abe Lincoln

Roy Barcroft ... Barnes
Pierre Watkin ... Major
Valentine Perkins ... Annette
Jimmy Hunt ... Stinky Tanner
Olin Howland ... Saloonkeeper (as Olin Howlin)
Noble Johnson ... Bent Creek
John Holland ... Maj. Porter
Kate Drain Lawson ... Mrs. McCoy
Dick Elliott ... Martin, Railroad Conductor

Emory Parnell ... Sen. Wells
Billy Wilkerson ... Lakin, Indian Chief
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Alexander ... Morrow's Henchman (uncredited)

Stanley Andrews ... Businessman (uncredited)
George Barton ... Fireman (uncredited)
Clarence Brooks ... Butler (uncredited)
Bill Clark ... Railroad Workman (uncredited)
Edward Clark ... Old Man (uncredited)
John Compton ... Trooper (uncredited)
Charles J. Conrad ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Victor Cox ... Railroad Workman (uncredited)
Dick Curtis ... Barton - Railroad Agitator (uncredited)

Steve Darrell ... Stagecoach Driver (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Railroad Workman (uncredited)
Sam Flint ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Alex Gerry ... Masters, Morrow's Lawyer (uncredited)
Everett Glass ... Judge (uncredited)

William Haade ... Morrow's Henchman (uncredited)
Frank Jaquet ... Mr. Smith (uncredited)

I. Stanford Jolley ... Card Player (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Tavern Patron (uncredited)
Jack Low ... Railroad Workman (uncredited)
Emmett Lynn ... Old Timer (uncredited)
Frank McFarland ... Gentleman (uncredited)
John McGuire ... Army Lieutenant (uncredited)
Jerry Miley ... Surveyor (uncredited)
Billy Mitchell ... Carriage Driver (uncredited)
Monte Montague ... Yard Boss (uncredited)
Jack Montgomery ... Barfly (uncredited)

Ralph Moody ... Keokuk (uncredited)
Charles Morton ... McCarthy (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Army Lieutenant (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Norman Rainey ... Minister (uncredited)

Marshall Reed ... Stagecoach Passenger (uncredited)
Kathryn Sheldon ... Old Woman (uncredited)
Emil Sitka ... Railroad Fireman in Bar (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Colonel Cavenport, Board Member (uncredited)
Harmon Stevens ... Worker (uncredited)
Don Summers ... Mail Carrier (uncredited)
George Taylor ... Employee (uncredited)
Tex Terry ... McIntyre (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph Kane 
Writing credits
James Edward Grant (screenplay)

Frank J. Nevins (based upon a novel: A Yankee Dared)

Produced by
Paul Malvern .... associate producer
Original Music by
R. Dale Butts 
Cinematography by
Jack A. Marta  (as Jack Marta)
Film Editing by
Arthur Roberts 
Art Direction by
Frank Arrigo 
Set Decoration by
John McCarthy Jr. 
George Milo 
Costume Design by
Adele Palmer 
Makeup Department
Peggy Gray .... hair stylist
Bob Mark .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Nate H. Edwards .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dick Moder .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
T.A. Carman .... sound
Howard Wilson .... sound
Special Effects by
Howard Lydecker .... special effects
Theodore Lydecker .... special effects
Ted Mapes .... stunt double: Forest Tucker (uncredited)
Jack Montgomery .... stunts (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Austin Herrick .... gaffer (uncredited)
Ira Hoke .... still photographer (uncredited)
Garry Lambrecht .... grip (uncredited)
Joe Novak .... camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Jerry Roberts .... musical director (uncredited)
Stanley Wilson .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
William E. Hayes .... technical advisor: Rock Island Railroad
Harvey Parry .... assistant to associate producer
Herbert J. Yates .... presenter
James Yarborough .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
90 min
Color (Trucolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Finland:K-12 | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Approved (certificate #14223) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

"'Rock Island Trail' tells a story of the building of the first bridge and railroad over the Mississippi River from Rock Island, Illinois, to Davenport, Iowa. The World Premier of the film was in the Quad Cities, USA, on April 27th, 1950. Republic stars took part in a pre-show promotional parade which extended from Silvis, Illinois, the Home Yard of the mighty Rock Island Lines, at the time the largest rail yard in the world, to the theater in Rock Island, Illinois, and included John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans and Rock Island Railroad employees.See more »


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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
This movie is the story of my ancestor's life, in part, 21 August 2002
Author: Roz (rfd10) from Denver, Colorado

I saw this movie, Rock Island Trail, on cable about a year ago as I was looking for something to watch. As I got involved in the plot, I realized it was partly based on the life of my Grandfather's Grandfather, Henry Farnam of New Haven, Connecticut. Mr. Farnam was a railroad builder and president of the Rock Island Line in the 1850s. He built the first bridge across the Mississippi at Rock Island and the bridge in the movie looked just like it. The steamship industry did run a boat into the bridge and burned it down. They then sued and Mr. Farnam hired Abraham Lincoln to defend the railroad. The railroad won the right to build the bridge as it was not a hazard to navigation. All this was in the movie. The western, shoot-'em-up and romantic parts were fictional. I would like to see this movie again and see how much was fact and how much fiction. Mr. Farnam's papers are at the library at Yale University. He was a big donor to Yale and the city of New Haven.

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