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Westward Ho, the Wagons! (1956)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... John 'Doc' Grayson
... Laura Thompson
... Hank Breckenridge
... Dan Thompson
... Bissonette
... James Stephen
... Bobo Stephen
Barbara Woodell ... Mrs. Stephen
... Wolf's Brother
Cubby O'Brien ... Jerry Stephen
... Jim Stephen
... Spencer Armitage
... Obie Foster
... Many Stars
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 !

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Western | Family

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20 December 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Children of the Covered Wagon  »

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$2,750,000, 31 December 1956
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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On Nov. 14, 1956, a one-hour Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (1954) telecast entitled "Along the Oregon Trail" included a behind-the-scenes of the shooting of this film. The first segment of a four-part series about Indians, called "The First Americans", began on the Disneyland series on the day of the premiere of this film. On Feb. 19 and 26, 1961, the film was shown in two parts on the "Disneyland" program. 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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Wringle wrangle! It's another ho-hum Disney western
2 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

Fess Parker is his usual stolid self leading wagon train to Oregon, crossing paths with bloodthirsty Pawnee tribe. Fans were attracted to Parker's workmanlike acting style and amiable, almost-shy personality. He's a headliner simply by default. This Disney film has nice outdoor scenery, some strong scenes of survival and a good supporting cast (including hammy, amusing Sebastian Cabot and a few Mouseketeers); otherwise, it's a formula-bound, banal sagebrush saga. B-grade director William Beaudine does his usual anonymous work behind the camera. Tom Blackburn adapted his screenplay from Mary Jane Carr's book, "Children of the Covered Wagon" (also the film's pre-production title). ** from ****


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