The Trail Beyond (1934)

55 mins | Western | 22 October 1934

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Wolf Hunters . It was reviewed by MPD as Beyond the Trail . Although contemporary sources claim that this was the first film in which Noah Beery, Sr. and Noah Beery, Jr. appeared together, the father and son team had acted together in the 1933 Mascot serial Fighting with Kit Carson . According to a DV news item, scenes for the production were shot in General Grant National Park in central California. General Grant National Park was incorporated into Kings Canyon National Park in 1940. Modern sources include Artie Ortego ( Towanga ) and Reed Howes in the cast. In addition, modern sources list James Marcus' character name as "Mr. Ball," and credit Yakima Canutt with stunt work. James Oliver Curwood's novel was first filmed in 1926 as The Wolf Hunters by Ben Wilson Productions (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.6450), and was remade by Monogram and director Oscar "Budd" Boetticher under that title in ... More Less

The working title of this film was Wolf Hunters . It was reviewed by MPD as Beyond the Trail . Although contemporary sources claim that this was the first film in which Noah Beery, Sr. and Noah Beery, Jr. appeared together, the father and son team had acted together in the 1933 Mascot serial Fighting with Kit Carson . According to a DV news item, scenes for the production were shot in General Grant National Park in central California. General Grant National Park was incorporated into Kings Canyon National Park in 1940. Modern sources include Artie Ortego ( Towanga ) and Reed Howes in the cast. In addition, modern sources list James Marcus' character name as "Mr. Ball," and credit Yakima Canutt with stunt work. James Oliver Curwood's novel was first filmed in 1926 as The Wolf Hunters by Ben Wilson Productions (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.6450), and was remade by Monogram and director Oscar "Budd" Boetticher under that title in 1949. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
7 Jul 34
p. 2, 4
Film Daily
15 Sep 34
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Sep 34
p. 4.
Motion Picture Daily
18 Sep 34
p. 8.
Motion Picture Herald
22 Sep 34
p. 47.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Paul Malvern Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOUND
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Wolf Hunters: A Tale of Adventure in the Wilderness by James Oliver Curwood (Indianapolis, 1908).
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Beyond the Trail
Wolf Hunters
Release Date:
22 October 1934
Production Date:
began 7 July 1934
Copyright Claimant:
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
15 September 1934
Copyright Number:
LP5281
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
55
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Rod Drew, who is traveling to French Canada to track down the niece of his father's best friend, runs into a half-breed college chum, Wabi, on the train. After Wabi is framed in an on-board poker game, Rod helps him to escape from the ensuing shooting brawl. Rod and Wabi jump the train and are chased by authorities to an abandoned cabin, where they find a map to a gold mine and two skeletons, one, that of John Ball, the father of the girl he must find. Seeking refuge at Wabinosh House, a general store run by the unsuspecting Felice Newsome and her father, Rod and Wabi request that the map be stored in Newsome's safe. The map is seen by Benoit, a henchman of renegade trapper Jules LaRoque, who then plots to rob the safe but ends up kidnapping Felice instead. Through a decoy, Rod and Wabi rescue Felice, but a determined LaRoque sends gang member Marie La Fleur to Wabinosh House to pose as a bookkeeper and steal the map. Before she can break into the safe, Rod and Wabi, who secretly loves Felice, canoe their way to the map's location and discover not only the gold, but papers identifying Felice as John Ball's daughter as well. Caught by one of LaRoque's men posing as a Royal Canadian Mountie, Rod and Wabi are tied up with the real Mountie in LaRoque's hideout. Rod breaks free, and after several canoe and horse chases with the Mounties, the gang is apprehended and LaRoque is shot and killed. Pardoned by the Mounties, Rod and Felice say goodbye to a heartbroken Wabi and return together to ... +


Rod Drew, who is traveling to French Canada to track down the niece of his father's best friend, runs into a half-breed college chum, Wabi, on the train. After Wabi is framed in an on-board poker game, Rod helps him to escape from the ensuing shooting brawl. Rod and Wabi jump the train and are chased by authorities to an abandoned cabin, where they find a map to a gold mine and two skeletons, one, that of John Ball, the father of the girl he must find. Seeking refuge at Wabinosh House, a general store run by the unsuspecting Felice Newsome and her father, Rod and Wabi request that the map be stored in Newsome's safe. The map is seen by Benoit, a henchman of renegade trapper Jules LaRoque, who then plots to rob the safe but ends up kidnapping Felice instead. Through a decoy, Rod and Wabi rescue Felice, but a determined LaRoque sends gang member Marie La Fleur to Wabinosh House to pose as a bookkeeper and steal the map. Before she can break into the safe, Rod and Wabi, who secretly loves Felice, canoe their way to the map's location and discover not only the gold, but papers identifying Felice as John Ball's daughter as well. Caught by one of LaRoque's men posing as a Royal Canadian Mountie, Rod and Wabi are tied up with the real Mountie in LaRoque's hideout. Rod breaks free, and after several canoe and horse chases with the Mounties, the gang is apprehended and LaRoque is shot and killed. Pardoned by the Mounties, Rod and Felice say goodbye to a heartbroken Wabi and return together to Ball's ranch. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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