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The Cariboo Trail (1950)

Approved | | Western | 1 August 1950 (USA)
Montanans Jim Redfern and Mike Evans head into Canada's British Columbia via the Cariboo Trail intent to raise cattle and dig for gold but find trouble instead.

Director:

Edwin L. Marin (as Edwin L.Marin)

Writers:

Frank Gruber (screenplay), John Rhodes Sturdy (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Randolph Scott ... Jim Redfern
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Oscar aka Grizzly
Bill Williams ... Mike Evans
Karin Booth ... Francie Harris
Victor Jory ... Frank Walsh
Douglas Kennedy ... Murphy
Jim Davis ... Bill Miller
Dale Robertson ... Will Gray
Mary Stuart ... Jane Winters
James Griffith ... Higgins
Lee Tung Foo Lee Tung Foo ... Ling
Charles Anthony Hughes ... Dr. John S. Rhodes (as Tony Hughes)
Mary Kent Mary Kent ... Mrs. Martha Winters
Ray Hyke Ray Hyke ... Jones
Jerome Root Jerome Root ... Jenkins (as Jerry Root)
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Storyline

Jim Redfern dreams of owning his own cattle ranch and along with his partners Mike Evans and Ling heads off on the Cariboo Trail into the interior of British Columbia. There's a gold rush on and along the way they're joined by old-timer Grizzly Winters, a prospector who hasn't had much luck of late. They soon come up against Frank Walsh whose men stampede their cattle. Evans is severely injured forcing Redfern to amputate his left arm. Evans hates him for that and will have nothing to do with him or his dream of the cattle ranch. Walsh owns the local town making it difficult for Redfern to get re-established. Things begin to go his way when he finds gold. Written by garykmcd

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As gold fever sweeps through the land, it takes blood to make a fortune. See more »

Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La piste des caribous See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Nat Holt Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Cinecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Re-release prints were struck in black-and-white, not in the original Cinecolor. See more »

Goofs

Randolph Scott leaves Carson Creek with the citizens chasing him. He rides down a hill, falls, remounts, and while riding across a creek, on a bluff above the creek, someone in a light colored shirt is visible running from left to right. The posse is behind Scott riding back to town, and of the people he soon meets raising the cattle, none of them are wearing a light colored shirt. See more »

Quotes

Oscar 'Grizzly' Winters: Don't ever sneak into a camp like that, neighbor! Not up here in the Gold Country where a feller usually shoots first and buries his mistakes.
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Alternate Versions

Some television prints of this movie are in black and white. The print currently (2005) being shown on Turner Classic Movies is in black and white. See more »

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Randolph Scott in one of his lesser western roles...
8 September 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

RANDOLPH SCOTT and BILL WILLIAMS share the co-starring credits in this rather weak western, nicely photographed in Cinecolor against some gorgeous western backgrounds in Canada. Unfortunately, the story of ranchers vs. gold prospectors has been done before with better results and it's not one of Scott's more memorable western roles.

Among the bad guys, it's interesting to note a young JIM DAVIS who would later make it big on "Dallas" TV. GEORGE 'GABBY' HAYES plays his usual rustic character, usually a sidekick for Gene Autrey or Roy Rogers. He has the sort of role as a grizzly old-timer usually played by Walter Brennan, calling all the other men "young fellas".

All of the ingredients usually found in a western of this kind--including shootouts and cattle stampedes--are here, but the results are pretty ordinary.

Summing up: Not recommended unless you're a die-hard western fan with time on your hands.


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