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The Oregon Trail (1939)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Western | 4 July 1939 (USA)
Frontier scout Jeff Scott (Johnny Mack Brown) and his pal, Deadwood Hawkins (Fuzzy Knight), are hired by Washington officials to stop outlaw and Indian raids on pioneer wagon trains ... See full summary »


George H. Plympton (original screenplay) (as George Plympton), Basil Dickey (original screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview:
Johnny Mack Brown ... Jeff Scott (as John Mack Brown)
Louise Stanley ... Margaret Mason
Fuzzy Knight ... Deadwood Hawkins
Bill Cody Jr. ... Jimmie Clark
Edward LeSaint ... John Mason (as Ed LeSaint)
James Blaine ... Sam Morgan
Charles Stevens ... Henchman Breed
Jack C. Smith Jack C. Smith ... Bull Bragg
Roy Barcroft ... Colonel Custer
Charles Murphy Charles Murphy ... Tompkins
Colin Kenny ... Slade - Morgan Henchman
Forrest Taylor ... Daggett - Morgan Henchman
Charles King ... Dirk - Morgan Henchman
Jim Toney Jim Toney ... Idaho Ike


Frontier scout Jeff Scott (Johnny Mack Brown) and his pal, Deadwood Hawkins (Fuzzy Knight), are hired by Washington officials to stop outlaw and Indian raids on pioneer wagon trains crossing the western plains. Strangely, only those trains bound for the rich fur-trapping regions of the Oregon territory are molested. Keeping their identity secret, Jeff and Deadwood overtake a wagon train in time to save its occupants from an Indian-attack massacre. They rescue Margaret Mason (Louise Stanley) and Johnnie Clark (Bill Cody, Jr.), a young boy whose father was killed in the attack. Jeff suspects that the wagonmaster "Bull" Bragg (Jack C. Smith) is a spy for the raiders and has Bragg thrown out of his job. Bragg, after inciting an Indian attack and starting a prairie fire, is thrown into jail. Bragg is working under the orders of Sam Morgan (James Blaine), the manager for a fur company syndicate that hopes to keep the settlers out of Oregon. After many dangers and disasters, the wagon train ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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DYNAMITE ACTION IN EVERY CHAPTER! - With smoking guns he held off bandits...to save the wagon trains...and the girl he loved! (original poster) See more »


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Chapter Titles: 1. The Renegade's Revenge 2. The Flaming Forest 3. The Brink of Disaster 4. Thundering Doom 5. Stampede 6. Indian Vengeanc 7. Trail of Treachery 8. Redskin's Revenge 9. The Avalanche of Doom 10. The Plunge of Peril 11. Trapped in the Flames 12. The Baited Trap 13. Crashing Timbers 14. Death in the Night 15. The End of the Trail. See more »


Chapter 13: Jeff is shot at and he falls into the water, a white hat can be seen, but when he comes out of the water, he has a black hat. See more »


Edited from The Flaming Frontier (1926) See more »


When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Written by Louis Lambert
Played under credits and in various chapters
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Good Ol' West.
8 September 2010 | by harlow28See all my reviews

Glad this was a Serial (Universal Pictures) and not a 60 minute 1930's Western.

Enjoyed each and every 15 chapters. I reckon this is the best of the 5 Western Serials, Johnny Mack Brown appeared in (he only ever appeared in 5 serials). The others are:

'Fighting with Kit Carson' 1933. Mascot Pictures. 'The Rustlers of Red Dog' 1935. Universal Pictures. 'Wild West Days' 1937. Universal Pictures. 'Flaming Frontiers' 1938. Universal Pictures.

In 1934 Johnny Mack got 3rd Bill in Mae West's "Belle of the Nineties" and Fuzzy Knight played one of the Comedians.

'The Oregon Trail' was the next film they both appeared in and was the start of over 30 films with Fuzzy as Johnny's sidekick.

Ford Beebe the Director also directed the Serials 'Flash Gordon', 'The Green Hornet'1940 and 'Buck Rogers'. He also directed all 12 movies in the "Bomba the Jungle Boy' series.

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Release Date:

4 July 1939 (USA) See more »

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(15 chapters)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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