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Westward Ho, the Wagons! (1956)

Approved | | Family, Western | 20 December 1956 (USA)
The adventures of a group of pioneers as their wagon train crosses the West.

Director:

William Beaudine

Writers:

Thomas W. Blackburn (screenplay) (as Tom Blackburn), Mary Jane Carr (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fess Parker ... John 'Doc' Grayson
Kathleen Crowley ... Laura Thompson
Jeff York ... Hank Breckenridge
David Stollery ... Dan Thompson
Sebastian Cabot ... Bissonette
George Reeves ... James Stephen
Doreen Tracey ... Bobo Stephen
Barbara Wooddell Barbara Wooddell ... Mrs. Stephen (as Barbara Woodell)
John War Eagle ... Wolf's Brother
Cubby O'Brien ... Jerry Stephen
Tommy Cole ... Jim Stephen
Leslie Bradley ... Spencer Armitage
Morgan Woodward ... Obie Foster
Iron Eyes Cody ... Many Stars
Anthony Numkena Anthony Numkena ... Little Thunder
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Storyline

Wagon master James Stephen leads a wagon train of settlers, including his wife and children, across the vast plains. Prominent among the settlers is Doc Grayson, who though not really a doctor provides what medical care he can to the travelers. The wagon train is beset by Pawnees, determined to make off with the horses. A later encounter with presumably friendly Sioux takes a dark turn when the son of the chief appears to be dying, and only Doc Grayson can help. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Walt Disney tells the real story of the fighting families who won the West !

Genres:

Family | Western

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Children of the Covered Wagon See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,750,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In addition to the four Mouseketeers who appear in the movie, David Stollery was seen on Mickey Mouse Club as Martin "Marty" Markham in the Spin and Marty serials. See more »


Soundtracks

The Ballad of John Colter
Music by George Bruns
Lyrics by Thomas W. Blackburn (as Tom Blackburn)
Sung by Fess Parker
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Fess Parker and the Mouseketeers
23 March 2003 | by NewEnglandPatSee all my reviews

This western was Disney's attempt to cash in on the popularity of Fess Parker and the Mousketeers. The lean story is about a wagon train that is obliged to pass through Indian country during a westward trek. The attack on the train is done in fine style by Yakima Canutt. The battle is intense and the Indians display expert horsemanship but seem more content to capture horses than to lift hair. Parker comes through as the hero later in the film as a doctor who must match skills with a medicine man to save a boy's life. The movie has the usual Disney gloss and fine western vistas but seems self-conscious and mannered. The Mouseketeers maintain their wholesomeness through the stress of the battle and tensions at the fort. Kathleen Crowley is pretty as Parker's romantic interest.


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