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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.


Edwin L. Marin (as Edwin L.Marin)


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




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 Charles Anthony Hughes ... Dr. John S. Rhodes (as Tony Hughes)
Mary Kent ... Mrs. Martha Winters
Ray Hyke Ray Hyke ... Jones
Jerome Root Jerome Root ... Jenkins (as Jerry Root)


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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Between majestic mountain and frozen waste lay the Cariboo trail ... gateway to gold, greed and glory ! See more »




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


During the gunfight in town late in the movie, the first of Victor Jory's men who gets shot starts falling before there is an audible gunshot. The other men are all shot after audible gunshots. See more »


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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Acceptable and decent western set in British Columbia with nice performances from some big names
18 November 2018 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

It deals with two prospecting and cowmen, Randolph Scott, Bill Williams, head into Canadian mountains seeking their fortune in British Columbia, via the Cariboo trail, the golden west of Canada in the 1890s, as they intent to raise cattle and dig for gold . But the two Montanans find themselves opposed by claim-jumpers, ranchers and a ruthless land baron from a prosperous city , who is owner of the general store , trading post , Cariboo Hotel, and mining company called Walsh : Victor Jory, and his henchmen : Douglas Kennedy, Jim Davies . Meanwhile, Scott falls in love for the beautiful owner of the Gold Palace Saloon, Karin Booth.

Passable western with good cast in in which two gold diggers protagonists, Scott and Williams, fight in hopes a better life and stifle conflicts, but encounter problems instead. It is a medium budget movie with thrills, noisy action, shootouts, stampedes as well as fine players, nice production design and pleasing results. It is still a run-of-the-mill entry in Western genre, set when Gold Fever expanded in Canada in which Scott and his colleague Bill Williams go British Columbia leading their cattle hoping in achieving fortune. Actually shot in Colorado with adequate interpretations and solid sets . Made the same year that the Gaby Hayes show was aired. The picture is well starred by Randolph Scott . He was a prolific actor in Western, his career is divided in films directed by Budd Boetticher in Seven men from now, The tall T, Decision at sundown, Buchanan rides alone, Comanche station, Westbound. Henry Hathaway as : Heritage of the desert, Wild horse, Sunset Pass, Man of the Forest. Ray Enright directed him in : The spoilers, Trail street, Alburquerque, Coroner creek, Return of the bad men. Andre De Toth directed him in Men in the saddle, Carson city, The stranger wore a gun, Riding shotgun, The bounty hunter. Finally, his main testament, Ride the high country along with Joel MacCrea directed by Sam Peckinpah .Support cast is pretty good with notorious secondaries as the always sympathetic George Gaby Hayes, Victor Jory, Jim Davies, James Griffith, Douglas Jackson, Mary Stuart and Dale Robertson.

Atmospheric cinematography in a fading Cinecolor by Fred Jackson, though there are prints in black and white. Evocative and thrilling musical score by Paul Sawtell. Well produced by Nat Holt, the motion picture was professionally directed by Edwin L Marin. He directed in sure visual style and he made all kinds of genres, especially Westerns. As he shot various Westerns as Tall in the saddle with John Wayne and Ella Raines, Canadian Pacific, Fighting man of the Plains, Colt 45, Raton pass, The Younger Brothers . Randolph Scott starred his last Westerns until his early death at 53, such as The Cariboo trail, Sugarfoot, and Fort Worth.

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Release Date:

1 August 1950 (USA) See more »

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Die Todesschlucht von Arizona See more »

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Nat Holt Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Cinecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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