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

Directed by

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

Written by

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

Winfield R. Sheehan ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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

Cinematography by

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

Film Editing by

Jack Dennis

Makeup Department

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

Production Management

Archibald Buchanan ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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

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

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)


Victor Adamson ... stunts (uncredited)
Steve Clemente ... stunts (uncredited)
Iron Eyes Cody ... stunts (uncredited)
Don Coleman ... stunts (uncredited)
Pete Morrison ... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Padjan ... stunt coordinator (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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

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

Music Department

Arthur Kay ... musical director (uncredited)

Other crew

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)
Crew verified as complete

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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

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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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Additional Details

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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  • 125 min
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Budget $2,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia Incredibly, six different versions of this film were shot simultaneously: (1) a 70mm version in the Grandeur process for exhibition in the biggest movie palaces, (2) a standard 35mm version for general release, (3) a 35mm alternate French-language version La piste des géants (1931)', (4) a 35mm alternate Spanish-language version La gran jornada (1931), (5) a 35mm alternate German-language version Die große Fahrt (1931), and (6) a 35mm alternate Italian-language version Il grande sentiero (1931). The four alternate-language versions were shot with (mostly) different casts. 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 Breck Coleman, Wagon Train Scout: We can't turn back! We're blazing a trail that started in England. Not even the storms of the sea could turn back the first settlers. And they carrie dit on further. They blazed it on through the wilderness of Kentucky. Famine, hunger, not even massacres could stop them. And now we picked up the trail again. And nothing can stop us! Not even the snows of winter, nor the peaks of the highest mountain. We're building a nation and we got to suffer! No great trail was ever built without hardship. And you got to fight! That's right. And when you stop fighting, that's death. What are you going to do, lay down and die? Not in a thousand years! You're going on with me!
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