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The Trail Beyond (1934)

Rod Drew hunts for a missing girl and finds himself in a fight over a goldmine as well.


Robert N. Bradbury (as Robert Bradbury)


James Oliver Curwood (based on the story: "The Wolf Hunters"), Lindsley Parsons (screen play)




Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... Rod Drew
Verna Hillie ... Felice Newsome
Noah Beery ... George Newsome (as Noah Beery Sr.)
Noah Beery Jr. ... Wabi
Robert Frazer ... Jules LaRocque
Iris Lancaster ... Marie LaFleur
James A. Marcus James A. Marcus ... Brother of John Ball (as James Marcus)
Eddie Parker ... Ryan - the Mountie
Earl Dwire ... Benoit - Henchman


Rod Drew has been sent to find a missing miner and his daughter. He is joined by old friend Wabi whom he has to rescue from card cheats that framed him for murder. Later they find a skeleton and a map to a mine. When they put the map into a safe, a LaRocque henchman sees them. LaRocque wants the map and captures the Mountie sent to get Wabi. His man then dressed as the Mountie captures Rod and Wabi. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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The inset stills on Photos 4, 6 and 7(video box covers) are not from "The Trail Beyond." All three are the same still and that still is from "The Lucky Texan." Typical of video distributors' art work attitudes....a tree is a tree. Use anything if it shows John Wayne. This still also shows Lloyd Whitlock and George "Gabby' Hayes, and neither is in "The Trail Beyond. " See more »


The suits the passengers are wearing in the train, the decorum inside the coaches, as well as the train itself, are all indicative of the era in which this film was created. A telegram is also mentioned. However, the dress of the RCMP officers, the use of the Union Jack instead of the Canadian Red Ensign, the dress of the Native Americans, and the general lack of modern technology in the outposts in this film indicate more a 19th century setting. Thus, the audience is left very unclear as to what era the story is supposed to be set in. See more »

Alternate Versions

UK cinema and early video releases were uncut. DVD versions are cut by 29 secs by the BBFC to remove horse falls and shots of horses being ridden off a cliff. See more »


Edited into Six Gun Theater: The Trail Beyond (2015) See more »

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what a good movie!
13 December 2008 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

This is a terrific Monogram-Lone Star western from 1934 which for some reason has me quite enchanted. I find the whole look and tone of the film like a comic book from my childhood; and it is the imagination struck from this that has me remembering scenes for days later. I know it is not a lot different from a zillion other 55 minute westerns of the 30s from poverty row, but this one has several compelling factors: A tall, young and handsome John Wayne in really groovy jeans and shirts, Noah beery Jr whose modern hair style sees him look like a young Warren Beatty, astoundingly glorious photography of mountains streams mighty waterfalls and incredible jaw-dropping horse-over-the-cliff stunts, hilarious PepeLePew French Canadian baddies, a great scene with 2 skeletons at a table; and very inventive camera angles and clear- lake water photography. THE TRAIL BEYOND is a real time travel western and the viewer can really feel the time and place. I show this surprise gem to many modern friends who are equally astonished. If there are many more of this caliber I want to see them. THE TRAIL BEYOND is worth the journey.

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22 October 1934 (USA) See more »

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