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?
Harry Carey Jr.
rode his own horse called "Mormon" and Ben Johnson
rode a famous movie horse called "Steel" that was owned by his father-in-law "Fat" Jones, who ran the most well known horse renting stable in Hollywood. In the galloping scenes Johnson rode Steel's stunt double Bingo and was quoted as saying he was just a passenger as "Bingo" thundered down the hills. According to Carey, Steel and Mormon became very attached and ruined quite a number of scenes by calling out to each other. 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
[after Sandy pushes a gun down the back of his pants
Be careful or you'll blow yer brains out.
Featured in Directed by John Ford
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