As Mormon settlers head to the promised land at the San Juan river in Utah, they hire horse traders Travis Blue and Sandy as wagon masters. They have to forge a trail across unknown territory and face many hardships along the way. They quickly come across some stranded travelers, a medicine show run by Dr. A. Locksley Hall which includes the attractive Denver. Along the way however, they are also joined by Shiloh Clegg and his murderous clan of robbers and thieves. An encounter with the Navajo leads to an invitation to their camp but after one of the Clegg boys gets a whipping for attacking one of the Navajo women, Uncle Shiloh plans his revenge. It's left to Sandy and Travis to protect the travelers and get them to their destination. Written by
John Ford's lusty successor to "Fort Apache" and "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon"
Did You Know?
In the scene where Sandy and the Mormon fight, the fight is broken up by Ward Bond
's character. Bond has ripped pants as he separates the fighters and you can hear a dog barking in the background. This happened because director John Ford
wanted to use two dogs, that had been ruining every scene in the film by fighting, in the background as the men fought, hoping the dogs would start fighting as a contrast to the men fighting. Instead of fighting, however, one of the dogs ran away and the other attacked Bond and ripped his pants. Ford could barely contain his laughter but kept filming. Afterward, he became quite concerned and said they needed to find the dog in case it had bitten Bond, not just ripped his pants. Ford was worried the dog might have needed a tetanus shot. See more
During the dance, when done going around in a circle, Travis has his hand on Denver's waist, in the next shot it is on her shoulder. See more
[Sandy fills a bucket of water from the river, and takes it to Prudence
I brought you some water, ma'am
[Prudence gratefully takes it
Thank you. Won't you stop and have a bit of breakfast with us?
[Sandy instantly leaps from his horse
[Travis comes riding up
Sandy, lets go!
[Sandy regretfully gets back on his horse, and bows repeatily to Prudence before riding away
SONG OF THE WAGON MASTER
Words and Music by Stan Jones
Recorded by Sons of the Pioneers
(as The Sons of the Pioneers)
Sung in part by Ben Johnson
and Harry Carey Jr.
Also sung by the Sons of the Pioneers
(uncredited) See more