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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)
Phyllis Bainbridge ...
Pioneer (uncredited)
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Indian (uncredited)
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Sid Bascom (uncredited)
Nora Bush ...
Pioneer (uncredited)
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Pioneer (uncredited)
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Wrangler (uncredited)
Nancy Crowley ...
Pioneer Child (uncredited)
Curley Dresden ...
Pioneer (uncredited)
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Pioneer (uncredited)
Emslie Emerson ...
Sairey (uncredited)
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Marshal (uncredited)
Theresa Garon ...
Pioneer (uncredited)
William Gillis ...
Pioneer (uncredited)
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Pioneer Boy (uncredited)
Virginia Griffith ...
Pioneer (uncredited)
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Mrs. Riggs (uncredited)
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Pioneer Girl (uncredited)
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Pioneer (uncredited)
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Boat Captain Hollister (uncredited)
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Pioneer (uncredited)
Bert Keys ...
Pioneer (uncredited)
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Pioneer (uncredited)
Marjorie Leet ...
Mildred Riggs (uncredited)
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Pioneer Girl (uncredited)
Frances Martinson ...
Pioneer (uncredited)
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Pioneer (uncredited)
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Wellmore (uncredited)
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Wrangler (uncredited)
Beth Nagel ...
Pioneer (uncredited)
Dodo Newton ...
Abigail Vance (uncredited)
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Pioneer (uncredited)
Jack Padjan ...
Pioneer (uncredited)
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Honey Girl Cameron (uncredited)
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Pioneer Boy (uncredited)
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Pioneer (uncredited)
Jack Peabody ...
Bill Gillis (uncredited)
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Windy Bill (uncredited)
Frank Rainboth ...
Ohio Man (uncredited)
Apache Bill Russell ...
Indian Scout (uncredited)
Lucile Sewall ...
Pioneer (uncredited)
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Ohio Man's Son (uncredited)
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Pioneer (uncredited)
Jean Stoddard ...
Pioneer (uncredited)
Gertrude Van Lent ...
Sister from Missouri (uncredited)
Lucille Van Lent ...
Sister from Missouri (uncredited)
Whitehorse ...
Indian (uncredited)
Bill Wilson ...
Pioneer (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 ... props (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)
Don Coleman ... stunts (uncredited)
Pete Morrison ... 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)
Robert 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)

Additional 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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Additional Details

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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)
  • Die große Fahrt (Germany)
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Runtime
  • 125 min
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Aspect Ratio
  • 1.20 : 1 (35 mm version) (sound on film version)
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Budget $2,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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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 1 hour 23 minutes 10 seconds: motor vehicles moving in the far distance (top left of frame). 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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