The Oregon Trail (1936)

59 mins | Western | 18 January 1936

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HISTORY

According to a HR news item, location shooting at Lone Pine, CA, began on 13 Dec 1935. SAB records list Nat Levine, not Paul Malvern, as producer. No other contemporary source credits Levine, however. Exploitation ads in the copyright records give Lindsley Parsons sole credit on original story and give Robert Emmett and Jack Natteford credit for screenplay. The copyright records themselves show the writing credits altered to include Parsons in the screenplay credit. Modern sources credit Trem Carr as ... More Less

According to a HR news item, location shooting at Lone Pine, CA, began on 13 Dec 1935. SAB records list Nat Levine, not Paul Malvern, as producer. No other contemporary source credits Levine, however. Exploitation ads in the copyright records give Lindsley Parsons sole credit on original story and give Robert Emmett and Jack Natteford credit for screenplay. The copyright records themselves show the writing credits altered to include Parsons in the screenplay credit. Modern sources credit Trem Carr as producer. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
2 Dec 35
p. 2.
Daily Variety
6 Jan 36
p. 3.
Film Daily
16 Jun 36
p. 24.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Dec 35
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Jan 36
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
7 Jan 36
p. 11.
DETAILS
Release Date:
18 January 1936
Production Date:
began 2 December 1935
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
17 January 1936
Copyright Number:
LP6167
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor High Fidelity Recording System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
59
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Colonel Delmont and his expedition command perish in the Rocky Mountains as the result of a plot conceived by Major Harris, a renegade. Harris hopes to use Delmont's supplies and his name to claim outlying California settlements and create his own Western empire outside of the authority of the United States. Delmont's son John, a captain in the army, tracks the Delmont expedition and finds his father's diary, which reveals Harris' part in his death. John then meets a group of west-bound pioneers led by Jim Ridgley who are traveling on the Oregon Trail. Among them is Jim's daughter Anne, whom John met earlier. Jim's group joins a party of Californians and is attacked by a band of Harris' men, who are disguised as cavalrymen. After one of Ridgley's men is shot and captured, Harris sends for John to collect the man in person. Along the way, John changes clothes with Harris' messenger, who then walks into gunfire meant for John and dies. Together with his caravan of settlers, John storms Harris' stronghold and captures the renegades. The Californians hold a celebration, and John and Anne are ... +


Colonel Delmont and his expedition command perish in the Rocky Mountains as the result of a plot conceived by Major Harris, a renegade. Harris hopes to use Delmont's supplies and his name to claim outlying California settlements and create his own Western empire outside of the authority of the United States. Delmont's son John, a captain in the army, tracks the Delmont expedition and finds his father's diary, which reveals Harris' part in his death. John then meets a group of west-bound pioneers led by Jim Ridgley who are traveling on the Oregon Trail. Among them is Jim's daughter Anne, whom John met earlier. Jim's group joins a party of Californians and is attacked by a band of Harris' men, who are disguised as cavalrymen. After one of Ridgley's men is shot and captured, Harris sends for John to collect the man in person. Along the way, John changes clothes with Harris' messenger, who then walks into gunfire meant for John and dies. Together with his caravan of settlers, John storms Harris' stronghold and captures the renegades. The Californians hold a celebration, and John and Anne are united. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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