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The Hallelujah Trail (1965)

Approved | | Comedy, Western | 23 June 1965 (USA)
A wagon train heads for Denver with a cargo of whisky for the miners. Chaos ensues as the Temperance League, the US cavalry, the miners and the local Indians all try to take control of the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sgt. Buell
Kevin O'Flaherty
Chief Five Barrels
Clayton Howell
Denver bartender
Noam Pitlik ...


A wagon train heads for Denver with a cargo of whisky for the miners. Chaos ensues as the Temperance League, the US cavalry, the miners and the local Indians all try to take control of the valuable cargo. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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CINERAMA sends you roaring with laughter and adventure down that wide and wonderful fun-trail! See more »


Comedy | Western


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Release Date:

23 June 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

John Sturges' The Hallelujah Trail  »

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| (TCM print) | (Cinemax) | (cut)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


During location shooting in New Mexico the crew was confronted with the heaviest rainfalls in that region in 50 years. It washed away the tents as well as the set and props. See more »


During the close up of 'Oracle' Jones squatting during the dust storm, his horse is behind him. When they pull back to show the various groups ride by his horse cannot be seen. See more »


Capt. Paul Slater: Protect both rears simultaneously!
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Referenced in Life Itself (2014) See more »


Hallelujah Trail
Written by Elmer Bernstein and Ernie Sheldon
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A Wonderful Movie Experience For People Who Don't Take Themselves Too Seriously
13 March 2004 | by (Memphis, TN) – See all my reviews

Unfortunately, the pleasure of enjoying this life-affirming romp through fantasy is greatly diminished without the large screen for which it was designed. The cast is spectacular and so is the music. The dialog is nonstop humor but the narration by John Dehner is even better. I can't think of anyone who could have delivered the lines with such self-parodying pomposity. The interaction between the characters played by Lancaster and Remick leaves one wondering why the two actors weren't teamed regularly. Male and Female have seldom been more accurately and understandingly portrayed. The treatment of the Indians will likely offend many today. Mel Brooks may be one of the few (perhaps the only) movie-makers since the 60's who would have taken such a risk. At the time, tolerance was "in" and conditioned hyper-sensitivity and the thought police weren't taken seriously. We get to see Jim Hutton in one of the few roles he could handle well. We are also given a chance to appreciate Pamela Tiffin as more than just the background for a bikini. I'm sure her decision not to pursue a film career more aggressively was a wise one for her but it was nevertheless our loss.

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