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The Oregon Trail (1959)

In 1846, a reporter for the New York Herald joins a wagon train bound for the Oregon Territory. He hopes to confirm a rumor that President Polk is sending in soldiers disguised as settlers ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Neal Harris
Capt. George Wayne
Nina Shipman ...
Prudence Cooper
Shona Hastings
George Seton
Zachariah Garrison
John Dierkes ...
Gabe Hastings
Roxene Wells ...
Flossie Shoemaker
Maria Cooper
Gene N. Fowler ...
Richard Cooper
Jeremiah Cooper
John Slosser ...
John Decker
Sherry Spalding ...
Tex Terry ...


In 1846, a reporter for the New York Herald joins a wagon train bound for the Oregon Territory. He hopes to confirm a rumor that President Polk is sending in soldiers disguised as settlers in order to strengthen American claims to the Territory. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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Release Date:

September 1959 (USA)  »

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Mit Büchse und Colt  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


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2.35 : 1
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This was William Bishop's last role and last movie. See more »


In scenes at the White House, President James K. Polk stands in front of a US map, but the map shows the US following the Compromise of 1850. The film is set in 1846, before the Texas border was changed, before the Mexican Cession resulted in the admission of California and the organization of the Territories of Utah and New Mexico, all of which are clearly seen on that map. See more »


James Gordon Bennett: I wish you could write as well as you dress.
Neal Harris: Oh. Well, it all depends on the incentive, sir. Tonight, the incentive is much prettier than the people I interview.
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Ballad of the Oregon Trail
Lyrics by Charles Devlan
Music by Paul Dunlap
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Where's Ward?
26 January 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Can't help but think this version of 'The Oregon Trail' was put together hurriedly to cash in on the enormous popularity of the TV series 'Wagon Train' with Ward Bond? Having said that, it's always a pleasure to watch Fred MacMurray, one of the movies most versatile stars, his stock in trade was comedy, but he was equally effective in drama, or rugged outdoor films, like this was supposed to be, and at 6'3" and that great physique, I think he fits the bill! First time I'd seen that gorgeous blonde, Nina Shipman, can't help but think Fred should have finished up with her instead of the Indian maiden? Fun to see some of the screens great old character actors like Henry Hull and John Carradine, plus Elizabeth Patterson, who played the Mother of Fred and Bing Crosby in 1938's 'Sing You Sinners', she would have been in her 80's here, and still great! Not a great film by any means, but enjoyable enough if your a fan of the stars, and I am! Sadly William Bishop died the same year the film was released, 1959!

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