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The Oregon Trail (1959)

Approved | | Western | September 1959 (USA)
In 1846, a newspaperman joins an Oregon Trail wagon train to verify rumors about the U.S. government sending troops disguised as settlers there in order to claim Oregon.

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In 1846, a reporter for the New York Herald joins a wagon train bound for the Oregon Territory. He hopes to confirm a rumor that President Polk is sending in soldiers disguised as settlers in order to strengthen American claims to the Territory. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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When the cry of a frontier on the move was '54-40 or fight' !

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Mit Büchse und Colt  »

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This wasn't Fred MacMurray's first trip to Oregon; four years earlier, he played Merriweather Lewis in The Far Horizons (1955) opposite Charlton Heston as William Clarke. See more »

Goofs

Near the end during the big Indian attack, the soldiers blow up a wagon full of powder to deter the Indians. A few seconds after the 1st explosion, a slightly different camera angle shows a second explosion which is identical to the 1st. Although the wagon is fully engulfed in flames after these explosions, a minute later as the Indians retreat, the wagon is not on fire but on a subsequent shot, a small flame is now evident. See more »

Quotes

James Gordon Bennett: I wish you could write as well as you dress.
Neal Harris: Oh. Well, it all depends on the incentive, sir. Tonight, the incentive is much prettier than the people I interview.
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Ballad of the Oregon Trail
Lyrics by Charles Devlan
Music by Paul Dunlap
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outrageous
14 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

I was enjoyed to see this pretty little western again. Colourful, action packed, with interesting and deep searched characters. Real good picture indeed.

But there is one thing that petrified me literally.I was torn to pieces when the Indian girl, who was in love with Mac Murray and saved him from the Indian warrior, says that she disowns her own people - because of his ferocity, after the ending slaughter. SHAME ON HER !!!

I have never heard such a crap, sorry nonsense, in a western before; and I have already seen thousands of them since I was a kid !!!

I am an Indian lover, and proud of that. I am also sad and angry when I think about all that white people did to the Indian nation. They wiped them out. For their land only. They nearly killed them all with bullets, hunger, plagues, alcohol, misery in reservation - even now...

So, in short, when I hear that kind of nonsense from a character in a movie, particularly an Indian one, i prefer think about something else or switch my TV set off.

But, let's be fair, except for that, "Oregon trail" is nevertheless a good western.


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