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According to a news item in HR , Randolph Scott was originally slated to play the role of Kit Carson. This picture was filmed on location at Cayente, AZ. The 1936 Universal film Sutter's Gold (see below) and the 1939 Universal film Mutiny on the Blackhawk (see below) also featured the character of Kit ... More Less

According to a news item in HR , Randolph Scott was originally slated to play the role of Kit Carson. This picture was filmed on location at Cayente, AZ. The 1936 Universal film Sutter's Gold (see below) and the 1939 Universal film Mutiny on the Blackhawk (see below) also featured the character of Kit Carson. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
27 Aug 40
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
1 May 40
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
15 May 40
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
18 May 40
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Aug 40
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
27 Aug 40
p. 1, 4
Motion Picture Herald
31 Aug 40
p. 52.
New York Times
15 Nov 40
p. 25.
Variety
28 Aug 40
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2d unit dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITORS
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
SOUND
Rerecording ed
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Photog eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Asst to prod
STAND INS
Stand-in for Jon Hall
Stand-in for Lynn Bari
Stand-in for Dana Andrews
Stand-in for Ward Bond
Stand-in for Harold Huber
Stand-in for Harry Strang
SOURCES
SONGS
"Sail Along Prairie Schooner," words by Chet Forrest and Bob Wright, music by Edward Ward
"With My Concertina," English lyrics by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest, Spanish lyrics by Carlos Ruffino, music by Edward Ward.
DETAILS
Release Date:
30 August 1940
Premiere Information:
Denver opening: 26 August 1940
Production Date:
began May 1940
Copyright Claimant:
Edward Small Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
6 September 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9897
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
97
Length(in reels):
11
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6527
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Fearless frontier scout and Indian fighter Kit Carson and his friends, Ape and Lopez, narrowly escape an attack by a tribe of gun-toting Shoshone Indians as they ride to Fort Bridger, the gateway to the Oregon Trail. After safely arriving at the fort, Kit is asked by wagon leader Paul Terry to guide his train south along the Oregon Trail to California. Kit at first refuses on the grounds that the trip is too dangerous, but when Terry and the wagons make arrangements to ride with Captain John Fremont and his cavalry troops, Kit reconsiders and agrees to lead the train. He soon finds himself in competition with Fremont for the leadership of the train as well as the attentions of Dolores Murphy, a young California beauty on her way to her father's hacienda in Monterey. Meanwhile, General Castro, the Mexican Governor General of California, arms the Indians in an effort to keep the Americans out of California. As the rivalry between Kit and Fremont mounts, Fremont insists upon leading his troops through a canyon, thus exposing them to the danger of ambush, while Kit insists upon leading the wagons along a safer route. As Fremont leads his men into the narrow pass, half the Indians dynamite the entrance, thus trapping the soldiers, while the other half of the tribe attacks the wagons. Kit blasts the entrance open in time to free the soldiers and rescue the wagons, and they continue on to Monterey. As Dolores and the others celebrate their safe passage at the Murphy hacienda, Castro plots the demise of the Americans. Kit discovers his plans when he sees ... +


Fearless frontier scout and Indian fighter Kit Carson and his friends, Ape and Lopez, narrowly escape an attack by a tribe of gun-toting Shoshone Indians as they ride to Fort Bridger, the gateway to the Oregon Trail. After safely arriving at the fort, Kit is asked by wagon leader Paul Terry to guide his train south along the Oregon Trail to California. Kit at first refuses on the grounds that the trip is too dangerous, but when Terry and the wagons make arrangements to ride with Captain John Fremont and his cavalry troops, Kit reconsiders and agrees to lead the train. He soon finds himself in competition with Fremont for the leadership of the train as well as the attentions of Dolores Murphy, a young California beauty on her way to her father's hacienda in Monterey. Meanwhile, General Castro, the Mexican Governor General of California, arms the Indians in an effort to keep the Americans out of California. As the rivalry between Kit and Fremont mounts, Fremont insists upon leading his troops through a canyon, thus exposing them to the danger of ambush, while Kit insists upon leading the wagons along a safer route. As Fremont leads his men into the narrow pass, half the Indians dynamite the entrance, thus trapping the soldiers, while the other half of the tribe attacks the wagons. Kit blasts the entrance open in time to free the soldiers and rescue the wagons, and they continue on to Monterey. As Dolores and the others celebrate their safe passage at the Murphy hacienda, Castro plots the demise of the Americans. Kit discovers his plans when he sees some Mexican army wagons carrying guns to the general and learns of his plans to destroy the hacienda. As the Americans rally at the Murphy hacienda to raise the flag of the California Republic, Kit orchestrates the forces to defeat Castro. After successfully routing Castro and his troops, Kit is appointed colonel in the United States Army and bids Dolores farewell as he rides off to defend the California Republic. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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