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The Big Trail ()


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Breck Coleman leads hundreds of settlers in covered wagons from the Mississippi River to their destiny out West.

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Breck Coleman
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Ruth Cameron
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Gus
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Zeke
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Red Flack (as Tyrone Power)
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Dave Cameron
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Pa Bascom
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Bill Thorpe
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Lopez
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Gus's mother-in-law
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Wagon Train Man (uncredited)
Walter Bacon ...
Pioneer (uncredited)
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Indian (uncredited)
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Sid Bascom (uncredited)
Nino Cochise ...
Indian (uncredited)
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Indian (uncredited)
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Wrangler (uncredited)
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Pioneer (uncredited)
Emslie Emerson ...
Sairey (uncredited)
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Marshal (uncredited)
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(uncredited)
Marcia Harris ...
Mrs. Riggs (uncredited)
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Pioneer Girl (uncredited)
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Boat Captain Hollister (uncredited)
Marjorie Leet ...
Mildred Riggs (uncredited)
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(uncredited)
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Wellmore (uncredited)
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Wrangler (uncredited)
Dodo Newton ...
Abigail Vance (uncredited)
Jack Padjan ...
Pioneer (uncredited)
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Honey Girl Cameron (uncredited)
Robert Parrish ...
Pioneer Boy (uncredited)
Jack Peabody ...
Bill Gillis (uncredited)
Russ Powell ...
Windy Bill (uncredited)
Frank Rainboth ...
Ohio Man (uncredited)
Apache Bill Russell ...
(uncredited)
Lucile Sewall ...
Pioneer Girl (uncredited)
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Ohio Man's Son (uncredited)
Gertrude Van Lent ...
Sister from Missouri (uncredited)
Lucille Van Lent ...
Sister from Missouri (uncredited)

Directed by

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Raoul Walsh
Louis R. Loeffler ... (uncredited)

Written by

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Hal G. Evarts ... (story)
 
Marie Boyle ... (dialogue) (uncredited)
 
Marie Boyle ... (screenplay) (uncredited)
 
Jack Peabody ... (dialogue) (uncredited)
 
Jack Peabody ... (screenplay) (uncredited)
 
Florence Postal ... (dialogue) (uncredited)
 
Florence Postal ... (screenplay) (uncredited)
 
Raoul Walsh ... (story contributor) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Winfield R. Sheehan ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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R.H. Bassett ... (uncredited)
Peter Brunelli ... (uncredited)
Alfred Dalby ... (uncredited)
Arthur Kay ... (uncredited)
Jack Virgil ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Lucien N. Andriot ... (photographed by) (as Lucien Andriot)
Arthur Edeson ... (photography)

Film Editing by

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Jack Dennis

Makeup Department

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Jack Dawn ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Louise Sloane ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Archibald Buchanan ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Sid Bowen ... assistant director (uncredited)
Clay Crapnell ... assistant director (uncredited)
Virgil Hart ... assistant director (uncredited)
Earl Rettig ... assistant director (uncredited)
Ewing Scott ... assistant director (uncredited)
George Walsh ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Harold Miles ... settings by
Fred Sersen ... settings by
Don B. Greenwood ... property master (uncredited)
Tom Plews ... property master (uncredited)
Les Shaw ... chief carpenter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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William Brent ... assistant sound engineer (uncredited)
E. Corkley ... sound (uncredited)
D. Daniels ... sound (uncredited)
W.D. Flick ... sound engineer (uncredited)
W. Griffith ... sound (uncredited)
Paul Heinly ... assistant sound engineer (uncredited)
Charles Kehl ... sound (uncredited)
George Leverett ... sound recording engineer (uncredited)
V.O. McCann ... sound (uncredited)

Stunts

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Steve Clemente ... stunts (uncredited)
Iron Eyes Cody ... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Padjan ... stunt coordinator (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Don Anderson ... camera operator (uncredited)
L.E. Barber ... chief electrician (uncredited)
Max Cohn ... assistant camera: Grandeur camera (uncredited)
Harry Dawe ... assistant camera: Grandeur camera (uncredited)
Curt Fetters ... camera operator: Grandeur camera (uncredited)
Sol Halperin ... camera operator: Grandeur camera (uncredited)
Lou Kunkel ... assistant camera: Grandeur camera (uncredited)
Bobbie Mack ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Bill McDonald ... camera operator (uncredited)
Henry Pollack ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Frank Powolny ... still photographer (uncredited)
Dave Ragin ... camera operator: Grandeur camera (uncredited)
Roger Shearman ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Harkness Smith ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Harry Smith ... assistant camera: Grandeur camera (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Sam Benson ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Earl Moser ... wardrobe master: men (uncredited)

Music Department

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Arthur Kay ... musical director (uncredited)

Other crew

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George Leverett ... engineer
Louis Witte ... engineer
Harry Brand ... publicist (uncredited)
George Busch ... business manager (uncredited)
Steve Clemente ... technical advisor: knife throwing (uncredited)
Ray Fitzgerald ... assistant chief engineer (uncredited)
Joseph Flores ... wrangler (uncredited)
Cheyenne Flynn ... wrangler (uncredited)
Lumsden Hare ... dialogue director (uncredited)
Karl Malkames ... 65mm camera negative to 35mm anamorphic fine grain preservation (uncredited)
Jack Padjan ... wrangler (uncredited)
Walter Quinlan ... chief engineer (uncredited)
Ben Wurtzel ... business manager (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Breck leads a wagon train of pioneers through Indian attack, storms, deserts, swollen rivers, down cliffs and so on while looking for the murder of a trapper and falling in love with Ruth. Written by Ed Stephan

Plot Keywords
Taglines Youth, Love and Courage Blaze Through to Glory! (Print Ad- Amsterdam Evening Recorder, ((Amsterdam, NY)) 5 December 1930) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Raoul Walsh's The Big Trail (United States)
  • The Oregon Trail (United States)
  • Raoul Walsh's The Big Trail (United Kingdom)
  • La piste des géants (France)
  • Der große Treck (Germany)
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Runtime
  • 125 min
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Budget $2,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Gary Cooper was originally offered the role of Breck Coleman and wanted it, but he was under contract to Paramount Pictures, which refused to loan him out. The role was eventually given to John Wayne. See more »
Goofs (at around 10 mins) Breck Coleman leans his rifle against the water pump, then leaves it there and goes into the house. Not something a 'real' frontiersman would do. See more »
Movie Connections Alternate-language version of La gran jornada (1931). See more »
Soundtracks Song of the Big Trail See more »
Crazy Credits Opening credits prologue: DEDICATED- To the men and women who planted civilization in the wilderness and courage in the blood of their children. Gathered from the north, the south, and the east, they assemble on the bank of the Mississippi for the conquest of the west. See more »
Quotes Zeke: When a man begins to do a lot of talking about hanging, he better make pretty sure as to who is going to decorate the end of the rope.
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