The Hallelujah Trail (1965)

165 mins | Western, Comedy | 1965

Director:

John Sturges

Writer:

John Gay

Producer:

John Sturges

Cinematographer:

Robert Surtees

Editor:

Ferris Webster

Production Designer:

Cary Odell

Production Companies:

Kappa Corp., Mirisch Corp.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANIES
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
Scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Asst cam
Asst cam
Asst cam
2nd unit photog
2nd unit cam op
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Asst film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus comp & cond
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod supv
Prod mgr
Scr supv
Stills
Casting
Dial coach
Constr supv
Ch elec
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Hallelujah Train by Bill Gulick (Garden City, N. Y., 1963).
AUTHOR
MUSIC
Selected works, composer undetermined, performed by Leo Shuken, Jack Hayes and Fred Steiner.
SONGS
"Hallelujah Trail," "March to Denver" and "We Will Save," words and music by Ernie Sheldon.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 23 June 1965
Copyright Claimant:
Kappa Corp.
Copyright Date:
23 June 1965
Copyright Number:
LP31619
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor
gauge
35 & 70
Widescreen/ratio
Ultra-Panavision
Duration(in mins):
165
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Denver is faced with a crisis before the winter of 1867 when it is discovered that there is only enough whiskey to last 10 days more. An emergency meeting is held, and Oracle Jones, who has visions when drunk, devises a plan to bring 40 wagonloads of whiskey to Denver from Julesburg before winter comes. Hobbs, a teetotaling editor, wires Cora Templeton Massingale, a temperance leader at Fort Russell, about the whiskey. Three Sioux Indians, Chief Walks-Stooped-Over, Five Barrels, and Elks-Runner, become aware of the plans of the wagon train, which is traveling under the direction of distiller Frank Wallingham. Col. Thadeus Gearhart, commander of "B" Company, U. S. Cavalry, is forced to escort the band of temperance women who are marching to intercept the whiskey train. "A" Company, under the command of Capt. Paul Slater, is to protect the whiskey train. Slater is in love with Gearhart's daughter Louise, one of the temperance ladies. The Sioux and a Denver citizens' militia under the direction of Clayton Howell are also heading for the whiskey train. Kevin O'Flaherty and his Irish teamsters stage a slow-down strike, thus leaving the train open to attack, which comes at dawn from the Indians. Suddenly during the attack, a large sandstorm comes, totally confusing everyone. No one is hurt during the battle, and the Indians agree not to disturb the train in exchange for some whiskey. The train, now traversing territory made dangerous by quicksand, is host to a temperance meeting arranged by the ladies for the Indians, who promptly kidnap the ladies and demand whiskey as a ransom. An elaborate exchange procedure is arranged. Oracle Jones persuades Wallingham to leave immediately for Denver. ... +


Denver is faced with a crisis before the winter of 1867 when it is discovered that there is only enough whiskey to last 10 days more. An emergency meeting is held, and Oracle Jones, who has visions when drunk, devises a plan to bring 40 wagonloads of whiskey to Denver from Julesburg before winter comes. Hobbs, a teetotaling editor, wires Cora Templeton Massingale, a temperance leader at Fort Russell, about the whiskey. Three Sioux Indians, Chief Walks-Stooped-Over, Five Barrels, and Elks-Runner, become aware of the plans of the wagon train, which is traveling under the direction of distiller Frank Wallingham. Col. Thadeus Gearhart, commander of "B" Company, U. S. Cavalry, is forced to escort the band of temperance women who are marching to intercept the whiskey train. "A" Company, under the command of Capt. Paul Slater, is to protect the whiskey train. Slater is in love with Gearhart's daughter Louise, one of the temperance ladies. The Sioux and a Denver citizens' militia under the direction of Clayton Howell are also heading for the whiskey train. Kevin O'Flaherty and his Irish teamsters stage a slow-down strike, thus leaving the train open to attack, which comes at dawn from the Indians. Suddenly during the attack, a large sandstorm comes, totally confusing everyone. No one is hurt during the battle, and the Indians agree not to disturb the train in exchange for some whiskey. The train, now traversing territory made dangerous by quicksand, is host to a temperance meeting arranged by the ladies for the Indians, who promptly kidnap the ladies and demand whiskey as a ransom. An elaborate exchange procedure is arranged. Oracle Jones persuades Wallingham to leave immediately for Denver. He arranges for a safe journey over the quicksand by marking a trail with his underwear, but Cora and the temperance ladies move the markers. Cora causes the horses to stampede, and the barrels containing hot champagne pop their corks, simulating gunshots. The Indians form a circle with the wagons while the cavalry rides around them. Wallingham and the train follow the marked trail and end up in the quicksand, the whiskey lost. Gearhart and Cora and Slater and Louise marry, and everyone goes home, except for Wallingham and Oracle, who sit beside the quicksand waiting for the whiskey to surface. +

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