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The Telegraph Trail ()


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A greedy businessman-turned-renegade foments an Indian uprising against the coming telegraph to perpetuate his economic stranglehold on the territory.

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John Trent
Duke ...
Duke - John's Horse
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Corporal Tippy
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Alice Keller
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Uncle Zeke Keller
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Gus Lynch
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High Wolf
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Lafe
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chuck Baldra ...
Chuck - Guitar Player (uncredited)
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Indian Chief (uncredited)
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Tall Man in Store (uncredited)
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Benny - Wagon Driver (uncredited)
Frank Ellis ...
First Henchman (uncredited)
Bob Fleming ...
Officer (uncredited)
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Army Captain (uncredited)
Jack Jones ...
Banjo Player (uncredited)
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Jack - Guitar Player (uncredited)
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Man at Meeting (uncredited)
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Indian (uncredited)
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Army Telegrapher (uncredited)
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Jonesy (uncredited)
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Telegraph Line Worker (uncredited)
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Second Henchman (uncredited)

Directed by

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Tenny Wright

Written by

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Kurt Kempler ... (screenplay)
 
Kurt Kempler ... (dialogue)

Produced by

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Sid Rogell ... associate producer
Leon Schlesinger ... co-producer

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Leo F. Forbstein

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Ted D. McCord ... (as Ted McCord)

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William Clemens ... (as Wm. Clemens)

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Rufus Le Maire ... (uncredited)

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Yakima Canutt ... stunts (uncredited)
Ben Corbett ... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Jones ... stunts (uncredited)
Artie Ortego ... stunts (uncredited)

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William Forsyth ... casting assistant (uncredited)
William Maybery ... casting assistant (uncredited)

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Leon Schlesinger ... presenter
Jack Kirk ... singing voice: John Wayne (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Greedy opportunist Gus Lynch, in order to continue to gouge townsfolk for necessary supplies, convinces High Wolf and his Indian tribe that they need to prevent the completion of the new telegraph lines or their tribe will be wiped out by a new influx of white men. Receiving an incomplete message warning of a white man's involvement in the recent Indian uprisings, cavalry scout John Trent is sent in to rectify the situation. Written by Doug Sederberg

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Taglines The story of how the telegraph was laid from East to West, with plenty of hardships and Indian attacks. (Print Ad- Register-Herald,((Pine Plains, NY)) 16 March 1933) See more »
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Also Known As
  • High Wolf (Germany)
  • Indianerne overfalder (Denmark)
  • Farornas dal (Sweden)
  • A Trilha do Telégrafo (Brazil)
  • Na Trilha do Telégrafo (Brazil)
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  • 54 min
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Trivia Yakima Canutt appeared here in only his second outing with John Wayne. From this film on, the two were to research, choreograph and perfect the western genre fight scene by camera angle position and their throwing of punches technique. From here on, their technique would be employed by Hollywood and became one of the most widely used techniques in the film industry. See more »
Goofs Shot of the Indians attacking, you can see the tracks of the camera car. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Footlight Parade (1933). See more »
Soundtracks My Pony Boy See more »
Crazy Credits Opening credits list "Duke" second, closing credits list "Duke" last. See more »
Quotes Gus Lynch: You are wise, High Wolf. Them singin' wires would call the soldiers and that would mean the finish for your braves.
High Wolf: Good. Gus Lynch good friend to Red Man.
Gus Lynch: I tell you only what is good for High Wolf and his people.
High Wolf: Ugh!
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