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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.


George B. Seitz


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




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Hall ... Kit Carson
Lynn Bari ... Dolores Murphy
Dana Andrews ... Capt. 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 ... Sgt. Clanahan
C. Henry Gordon ... Gen. Castro
Lew Merrill Lew Merrill ... Gen. Vallejo
Stanley Andrews ... Larkin
Edwin Maxwell ... John Sutter
George Lynn ... James King (as Peter Lynn)


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!


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Film remade as Frontier Uprising in 1961. See more »


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


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 »


Referenced in Studios on Parade (1941) See more »


Buffalo Gals (Won't You Come Out Tonight)
(1844) (uncredited)
Written by William Cool White
Played during the opening scene and often in the score
Sung by Jon Hall, Ward Bond and Harold Huber a cappella
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Just a good 'ol western... as a young boy I had constant nightmares with dozens of Indians chasing me on horseback
11 March 2018 | by Ed-ShullivanSee all my reviews

Well they just don't make them like this anymore. I for one would enjoy new releases of this calibre of the western genre. The original western cowboy and the officer and a gentleman vying for the heart of the classy lady who is travelling across the prairies heading for California to re-unite with her wealthy cattle rancher father. The only problem is there are hundreds of Indians behind the tall hills who do not want the Americans settling on the land that they already are sharing with the Mexicans who also have aspirations of taking the beautiful state of California land as their own.

The rugged frontiersman is a real life cowboy named Kit Carson (played by Jon Hall) who has teamed up with two of his best friends and loyal followers whose names appropriately are Ape (Ward Bond), and Lopez (Harold Huber). These three amigos agree to be the lead scouts for the wagon train that the unmarried damsel named Dolores Murphy (Lynn Bari) has secured their services for a wheel barrel full of cash. The wagon train also has a flank of American soldiers at their side led by Captain John C. Fremont (Dana Andrews).

What is different about this western/romance is that the two alpha males who are vying for Ms. Murphy's affections act more like the courteous animated chipmunks Chip and Dale then two adversaries. Both are true gentlemen and only want Ms. Murphy to be happy with her choice for her future husband.

This film is filled with action, light humor, cowboys and Indians, chivalry, romance and a pretty darn good ending for a black and white film released 78 years ago. I liked it a lot and I give it a sound 7 out of 10 rating.

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Release Date:

30 August 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Cayente, Arizona, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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