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Fighting Caravans (1931)

Passed | | Romance, Western | 1 February 1931 (USA)
A young frontier scout helps guide a freight wagon train across the country, fighting off Indians and evil traders, while his two crusty companions try and save him from falling in love.

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Zane Grey (novel), Edward E. Paramore Jr. (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... Clint Belmet
Lili Damita ... Felice (as Lily Damita)
Ernest Torrence ... Bill Jackson
Tully Marshall ... Jim Bridger
Fred Kohler ... Lee Murdock
Eugene Pallette ... Seth
Roy Stewart ... Couch
May Boley May Boley ... Jane
Eve Southern ... Faith
Frank Campeau ... Jeff Moffitt
Charles Winninger ... Marshall
Frank Hagney ... Renegade
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A young frontier scout helps guide a freight wagon train across the country, fighting off Indians and evil traders, while his two crusty companions try and save him from falling in love. Written by Rick Johnson <rickdjohnson@seanet.com>

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Writing, in flames and blood, the vivid history of those epic days (original poster) See more »

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Romance | Western

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blazing Arrows See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

When it was re-released theatrically in 1950 by Favorite Films, this film was often shown in tandem with Rocky Mountain Mystery (1935), which had been re-titled "Fighting Westerner", or Born to the West (1937), which had been re-titled "Hell Town". See more »

Quotes

Clint Belmet: I'm asking you a question and the answer can't be maybe. I'm asking you straight out - will you marry? Yes or no?
Felice: Oui, Monsieur!
Clint Belmet: Huh?
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Crazy Credits

Opening card: "In the days of the Civil War, the hard-won frontier country west of the Mississippi needed supplies. There were no railroads. Shipping had been tied up by the war. The burden of Transportation was taken up by trains of freight wagons - - Fighting Caravans banded together for the dangerous trip to California." See more »

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Remade as Wagon Wheels (1934) See more »

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The Importance of Being Ernest
20 April 2008 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

In Missouri, during the Civil War, "high, wide, and handsome" Gary Cooper (as Clint Belmet) gets a little jail cell shut-eye. Awakening, he moseys over to the local saloon, where he is held at gunpoint by the town's drunken sheriff. Mr. Cooper's guardians, Ernest Torrence (as Bill Jackson) and Tully Marshall (as Jim Bridger), secure his release by convincing French lass Lili Damita (as Felice) to pretend she is Cooper's wife. Then, the quartet join a caravan to California. A real romance begins to bloom between Ms. Damita; but, Mr. Torrence and Mr. Tully want Cooper's bachelorhood preserved. Along the way, Indians (Native Americans) lurk…

Old pros Torrence and Marshall are "Fighting Caravans" main attraction. They were responsible for many memorable character roles (mostly) in silent films (mostly); and they are in excellent form, reprising their "Covered Wagon" roles. Cooper obviously enjoys working with them. Ms. Damita is cute and effective. The production levels are relatively high, leading to the obligatory ending battle; but, the performances make it entertaining. Unnecessarily re-made as "Wagon Wheels" (1934), with stock footage and Randolph Scott.

******* Fighting Caravans (2/1/31) Otto Brower, David Burton ~ Gary Cooper, Ernest Torrence, Tully Marshall


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