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Kit Carson (1940)

Indian fighter, trapper and frontier scout Kit Carson leads a wagon train of settlers from Fort Bridger, along the Oregon Trail through Shoshone territory, to California which plans to secede from Mexico.

Director:

George B. Seitz

Writers:

George Bruce (original screenplay), Evelyn Wells (based on a story by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Hall ... Kit Carson
Lynn Bari ... Dolores Murphy
Dana Andrews ... Captain John C. Fremont
Harold Huber ... Lopez
Ward Bond ... Ape
Renie Riano ... Miss Pilchard
Clayton Moore ... Paul Terry
Rowena Cook ... Alice Terry
Raymond Hatton ... Jim Bridger
Harry Strang ... Sergeant Clanahan
C. Henry Gordon ... General Castro
Lew Merrill Lew Merrill ... General Vallejo
Stanley Andrews ... Larkin
Edwin Maxwell ... John Sutter
George Lynn ... James King (as Peter Lynn)
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Storyline

Trapper Kit Carson and his band of men join John C. Fremont on his way to California. Enroute they are subjected to Indian attacks that are propagated by the Mexican Government, that does not want the contingency to reach California. Once in California, Fremont and Carson initiate a campaign to free the state from Mexican control. Written by Buxx Banner <buxx572@aol.com>

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A MIGHTY SAGA OF PIONEER COURAGE...that gave the nation a new empire!


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

30 August 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Im Tal des Schreckens See more »

Filming Locations:

Cayente, Arizona, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System: The Voice of America)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Victor McLaglen, Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea and Henry Fonda were considered for the title role. See more »

Goofs

Kit Carson comments to Fremont about playing "Taps" the bugle call. "Taps" was first written in 1862 by General Dan Butterfield and soon accepted for lights out and then at funerals. There was a "Tatoo" call used for lights out in 1850 and the army also used a French set of bugle calls, but not yet had "Taps" at the time of the setting of the movie. See more »

Quotes

Ape: It's love. I'm in it.
Lopez: Oh-ho!
Kit Carson: Who?
Ape: Genevieve.
Kit Carson: Oh! Well, what are you gonna do about it?
Ape: Well, the first thing I'm gonna do is swear off lyin'.
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Edited into Davy Crockett, Indian Scout (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

With My Concertina
(1940) (uncredited)
Music by Edward Ward
Lyrics by Chet Forrest and Bob Wright
Spanish Lyrics by Carlos Ruffino
Written for this movie but not sung
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Rousing tale of the conquest of California.
23 October 1998 | by buxSee all my reviews

Rousing, action packed tale of the taking of California from the Mexican Government. While historically inaccurate, the cast and direction move things along in a pleasant manner, with lotsa Indians and gunfire. It's a good thing that Andrews wears a moustache since he and Hall are almost twins.


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