A trail guide leading a wagon train to the West in the 1840s discovers that the U.S. and Mexico are at war.

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Jim Stockton (as James Davis)
Nancy Hadley ...
Consuela Montalvo
Ken Mayer ...
Beaver McBride
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Don Carlos Montalvo
Don Kelly ...
Lt. Kilpatrick (as Don O'Kelly)
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Ben Wright
Eugene Iglesias ...
Lt. Ruiz
John Marshall ...
Gen. Torena
David Renard ...
Lopez
Tudor Owen ...
Charley Bridger
Renata Vanni ...
Augustina
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Herman Rudin ...
Chief Taztay
Jan Arvan ...
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In about as close to a swipe as possible from 1940's "Kit Carson" with Jon Hall, and no accident since George Bruce wrote both, frontier scout Jim Stockton agrees to lead a wagon trail to Mexico-owned California, but is not aware that Mexico has declared war on the U.S., or that General Torena has formed an alliance with Chief Taztay. While the audience is waiting for some actor they ever heard of to show up besides Jim Davis, Taztay attacks the wagon train but is driven off. Jim follows and encounters Mexican-army Lieutenant Ruiz and they duel sword (Ruiz) against firearm (Stockton) and Stockton wins while setting up the line in "The Enforcers" about a dummy who brings a knife to a gun fight. Good loser Ruiz tells Stockton about the war. The wagon train arrives at Monterey as General Torena's forces attack the garrison. Outnumbered, Commander Kimball agrees to let Stockton dynamite the fort rather than allow it to fall to the Mexicans. Turns out to be a good plan as the loud ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Attack on the Oregon Trail!


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Although the story takes place in California in the 1840s, and an effort was made to have American and Mexican soldiers wear the appropriate uniforms of the time, the civilians are wearing the familiar Stetson-type cowboy hats, vests, boots and other clothing that can be seen in any western set in the 1880s-1890s Southwest, which weren't worn in the California of the 1840s. See more »

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Cheap, sluggish western
21 July 2007 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This western about a wagon train on its way across the US to California in the 1840s and its travails with attacking Indians and Mexican forces managed to attract a few familiar western faces, such as Jim Davis, Nestor Paiva, Stuart Randall and Addison Richards. Otherwise, it's a boring, mostly studio-bound effort saddled with a script of the consistency of molasses, leaden direction by veteran (which does not, in this case, mean competent) director Edward L. Cahn, very poor performances by a supporting cast of unknowns that explains why they remained unknowns, a preponderance of stock footage, some confused "action" scenes and muddy photography. Davis, as the scout leading the wagon train, tries hard, but his romance with Spanish "senorita" Nancy Hadley goes nowhere, mainly because of the idiotic drivel they're forced to recite and Hadley's shortcomings as an actress (she only made one more film after this, though she did do some TV work). Paiva, Randall and Richards try to inject some life--and professionalism--into the goings-on, but there's only so much they could do, and it wasn't enough. The film's cheapness shows through in every frame, and that's hardly the only area in which it's deficient. A very poor effort not worth wasting your time on.


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