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Santa Fe Trail (1940)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Biography, Drama | 28 December 1940 (USA)
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In 1854, Jeb Stuart, George Custer and other graduates from West Point are posted to Kansas to help pacify the territory before railroad construction to Santa Fe can resume.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writer:

Robert Buckner (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Errol Flynn ... Jeb Stuart
Olivia de Havilland ... 'Kit Carson' Holliday (as Olivia De Havilland)
Raymond Massey ... John Brown
Ronald Reagan ... George Armstrong Custer
Alan Hale ... Tex Bell
William Lundigan ... Bob Holliday
Van Heflin ... Rader
Gene Reynolds ... Jason Brown
Henry O'Neill ... Cyrus Holliday
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Windy Brody
Alan Baxter ... Oliver Brown
John Litel ... Martin
Moroni Olsen ... Robert E. Lee
David Bruce ... Phil Sheridan
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Barber Doyle
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Storyline

The story of Jeb Stuart, his romance with Kit Carson Holliday, friendship with George Custer and battles against John Brown in the days leading up to the outbreak of the American Civil War. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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A thousand miles of danger, a thousand thrills a mile! See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 December 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Diary of the Santa Fe See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)| Mono (Vitasound)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Olivia de Havilland recalled that former flame Errol Flynn behaved badly towards her onset (she was dating James Stewart and believed Flynn was jealous). See more »

Goofs

The railroad being built is called the "Santa Fe". The original company was the Atchison and Topeka Railroad Company chartered in 1859. Although one of the original destinations of the railroad, "Santa Fe" was not added to the name of the company until 1863, well after the setting of the movie. Further, contrary to what is shown, initial track laying did not begin until 1868. See more »

Quotes

James Ewell Brown 'Jeb' Stuart: What do you do on Saturday night for fun here?
Kit Carson Holliday: Well, as I remember, half of Leavenworth takes a bath and the other half gets drunk. And since there are only two bathtubs in town, things get kind of exciting around midnight.
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Crazy Credits

Opening card: "1854, THE UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY, WEST POINT When the gray cradle of the American Army was only a small garrison with few cadets, but under a brilliant Commandant, named Robert E. Lee it was already building for the defense of a newly-won nation in a new world." See more »

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Also available in a computer-colorized version. See more »

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Soundtracks

The Holliday Wagon Song
(uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Sung by Alan Hale, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams and others
Played often in the background while on the trail and at the camp
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A 1940 pro-slavery film
28 October 2001 | by christov4See all my reviews

This is really shocking to see that this sort of propoganda was still made in 1940. It's impossible to enjoy this film "historical accuracy aside," because it's so obviously pro-slavery. The fact is we are not talking about whether the Winchester repeating rifle was really invented by 1850. The abolitionists are painted as violent, crazy, murderous people, "the reason why Kansas is called Bloody Kansas." Anyone who knows anything about this tragic period knows that pro-slavery forces were first to engage in murder and pillage. John Brown was notable because he was the first free-stater who started murdering back, and he made a campaign of it. After that, wholesale murder was found on both sides. THAT is why they called it "Bloody Kansas." What we see in the movie, however, is only John Brown's violence, time after time. We also see simple-minded black folks who would have been better off if John Brown hadn't made them free and responsible for feeding themselves. You can try and enjoy the story for itself, but the ugly and badly slanted arguments against abolitionists (and by extension against any reform of Jim Crow Laws in the 1940s) make it appalling viewing.


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