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?
According to Harry Carey Jr.
, Joanne Dru
's husband, John Ireland
, stayed in town during the shooting and avoided the set, but did organize the company into a performance of "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" in the evening. See more
As the camera pans along the wagon train moving through Moab, Utah, it passes by a boulder, on which you see the shadows of the camera crew and director John Ford
. See more
Feet hurt, ma'am?
Well here, try these on!
[Hands here a pair of walking shoes, she puts them on
Did you get these from that... red-headed gal?
You mean Miss Prudence?... yes ma'am.
Is she your wife?
No ma'am... How do they feel?
Fine. A little large for me maybe, but fine. Thanks very much, and thank your lady friend.
[Denver arises, and starts to walk away, Travis looks after her
Referenced in Cult of the Cobra
"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