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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 »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

In real life Kit Carson never learned to read or write and in two scenes, he's showed reading something. See more »

Quotes

Kit Carson: There's more in them graves than just people.
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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

Prairie Schooner
(1940) (uncredited)
(Also called "Sail Away Prairie Schooner")
Music by Edward Ward
Lyrics by Chet Forrest and Bob Wright
Played and sung by an offscreen chorus during the opening and closing credits
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******* Great 'B'
17 May 2018 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

It's really rewarding when you can find a gem where you weren't expecting to. I watched "Kit Carson" because it was raining and golf was cancelled, and I wanted to kill some time. What a surprise to see Jon Hall, of all people, in an action-packed story better than many with higher ratings. I figure it must have been the second feature paired with a more expensive picture, but this one held its own. It moves along at a good clip with some good second unit work on several fight scenes between the settlers and the Cavalry troop, led by Capt. Dana Andrews, chief scout Jon Hall and sidekick Ward Bond. One of the settlers wagons is driven by Clayton Moore - you can close your eyes when he talks and he becomes the Lone Ranger. Close your eyes again, and Jon Hall sounds like Randolph Scott, soft drawl and all.

See it when it's on again if you like surprises and action westerns, and overlook the plot holes. It's one of those pictures that is better the younger you are. I found it was nice to be young again.

Star rating is in the heading. The website no longer prints mine.


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