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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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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

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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Not bad not good....in fact, pretty ordinary.
2 February 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Aside from the novelty of seeing Jon Hall and Harold Huber in a western (as neither were the type to usually do westerns), there isn't a whole lot distinctive about this western. It's one of a billion (give or take 5) that are completely fictional stories about real life westerners. In this case, it's Kit Carson--an interesting guy but also someone where about 98% of what you read and see in movies about his is complete fiction. In this case, it's pretty much more of the same.

Kit (Jon Hall) and his friends (Harold Huber and Ward Bond) have just finished an adventure which includes the hilarious pastime of killing Indians and scalping them. So, when the cavalry officer (Dana Andrews) asks them to guide a wagon train west to California, Kit is not interested. However, when Kit gets a gander at a feisty lady, he completely changes his mind and leads the settlers. The problem is that an evil Spanish megalomaniac is planning on turning California into is own little fiefdom and plans on wiping out the settlers. Can Kit and the cavalry stop this nut-job and make America safe for more white folks wanting Indian scalps? Bad history but somewhat entertaining. Not a great film but a decent one if you adore the genre. Not much more I want to say about this rather forgettable film.


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