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Wagon Wheels (1934)

SIn 1844 scout Cint Belmet and his two sidekicks guide a wagon train to the newly opened Oregon territory despite hardships and Indian attack.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Clint Belmet
... Nancy Wellington
... Sonny Wellington
... Kenneth Murdock
... Jim Burch
... Abby Masters
... Hetty Masters
... Bill O'Leary
Howard Wilson ... Permit Officer
Julian Madison ... Lester - Guard
... Ebe
Donald Gray ... Chauncey (as Eldred Tidbury)
... Mountaineer
... Couch
... Jed
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The trio of Belmet, Burch, and O'Meary are leading a wagon train west and Murdock is out to stop them. The settlers fight off his initial Indian attack and reach the mountains. With the wagon train vulnerable as it crosses a river, Murdock has the Indians make a final attack. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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The 20 Zane Grey stories sold by Paramount to Favorite Films for theatrical re-release, and then to Unity Television Corporation for television broadcast are as follows: The Light of Western Stars/Winning the West (1930), Fighting Caravans/Blazing Arrows (1931), Heritage of the Desert/When the West Was Young (1932), The Mysterious Rider/The Fighting Phantom (1933), The Thundering Herd/Buffalo Stampede (1933), Man of the Forest/Challenge of the Frontier (1933), To the Last Man/Law of Vengeance (1933), Wagon Wheels/Caravans West (1934), Rocky Mountain Mystery/The Fighting Westerner (1935), Drift Fence/Texas Desperadoes (1936), Desert Gold/Desert Storm (1936), The Arizona Raiders/Bad Men of Arizona (1936), Arizona Mahoney/Arizona Thunderbolt (1936), Forlorn River/River of Destiny (1937), Thunder Trail/Thunder Pass (1937), Born to the West/Hell Town (1937), The Mysterious Rider/Mark of the Avenger (1938), Heritage of the Desert/Heritage of the Plains (1939), Knights of the Range/Bad Men of Nevada (1940), and The Light of Western Stars/Border Renegade (1940). See more »

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Although he refers to them as trappers. Jim makes reference to the cannibalism of the Donner "Party," but that didn't occur until 1847, not 1845. See more »

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Abby Masters: What'll we do if the food were all gone?
Jim Burch: Dunno. Bunch of trappers got in that fix once... and they jest et each other.
Abby Masters: Ooooh...
Hetty Masters: I don't believe it.
Bill O'Leary: Jim oughta know. He's the sole survivor of that party.
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Referenced in Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs (2000) See more »

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Wagon Wheels
Music by Peter De Rose
Lyrics by Billy Hill
Performed by Earl Covert and The Guardsmen (as 'The Singing Guardsmen') and by the cast
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Excellent western from 1934
23 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

Wagon Wheels is a really enjoyable old western to watch. Set in the year 1844, any viewer will find humor, music, drama, suspense, romance, and excellent acting throughout the cast. It is also a superb depiction of some of the elements, and especially equipment that beset an 1840's wagon train heading west. The ensemble actors had a keen sense of playing their roles in a manner depicting that previous period. Randolph Scott leads the players, where he is heroic, valiant of character, and sagacious of spirit. . .while his easy natural ways are endearing. Beautiful Gail Patrick is perfect for her role as a widowed mother taking a 4 year old son west. Her little boy, played by Billy Lee, is one of the great child actors ever, and gives a wonderful performance here. The 3 men leading the wagon west (Randolph Scott & 2 grizzled characters) have a real challenge defeating the elements that fall upon them. I don't want to give the whole story away, only to say I've seen a whole lot of westerns, and this one is one of the most enjoyable to me.


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