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Wagon Wheels (1934)

SIn 1844 scout Cint Belmet and his two sidekicks guide a wagon train to the newly opened Oregon territory despite hardships and Indian attack.

Director:

Charles Barton

Writers:

Zane Grey (novel), Jack Cunningham (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Randolph Scott ... Clint Belmet
Gail Patrick ... Nancy Wellington
Billy Lee ... Sonny Wellington
Monte Blue ... Kenneth Murdock
Raymond Hatton ... Jim Burch
Jan Duggan ... Abby Masters
Leila Bennett ... Hetty Masters
Olin Howland ... Bill O'Leary
Howard Wilson Howard Wilson ... Permit Officer
Julian Madison Julian Madison ... Lester - Guard
Alfred Delcambre ... Ebe
Donald Gray Donald Gray ... Chauncey (as Eldred Tidbury)
Colin Tapley ... Mountaineer
J.P. McGowan ... Couch
James A. Marcus James A. Marcus ... Jed
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Storyline

The trio of Belmet, Burch, and O'Meary are leading a wagon train west and Murdock is out to stop them. The settlers fight off his initial Indian attack and reach the mountains. With the wagon train vulnerable as it crosses a river, Murdock has the Indians make a final attack. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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IT TOOK FIGHTING COURAGE AND GLORY TO 'WIN THE WEST'! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caravans West See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A campaign poster for the 11th President, James K, Polk, is seen. Polk beat Henry Clay in 1844 and is considered the least known of the consequential Presidents. He acquired not only the Oregon territory of the Pacific Northwest through negotiation with England, but also the territories of the Southwest (the result of a war with Mexico) and the Republic of Texas. Polk also made an effort to buy Cuba from Spain. He left office on March 4, 1849, and died not long afterwards on June 15, 1849 (most likely from cholera). See more »

Goofs

Although he refers to them as trappers. Jim makes reference to the cannibalism of the Donner "Party," but that didn't occur until 1847, not 1845. See more »

Quotes

Kenneth Murdock: There'll be no fur trade if the white man builds his house in Oregon.
Russian: Of course, this immigration cannot be halted permanently. It can be discouraged for a number of years, and now is the time to do it, but we don't want bloodshed, you understand that?
Kenneth Murdock: I understand the white man. When he wants land, for which he gives nothing, he'll destroy anything to get it.
Russian: You speak almost as an Indian.
Kenneth Murdock: My mother was an Indian... my father I never saw.
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Connections

Remake of Fighting Caravans (1931) See more »

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Onward Christian Soldiers
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Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by Sabine Baring-Gould
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Excellent western from 1934
23 March 2016 | by emdragonSee all my reviews

Wagon Wheels is a really enjoyable old western to watch. Set in the year 1844, any viewer will find humor, music, drama, suspense, romance, and excellent acting throughout the cast. It is also a superb depiction of some of the elements, and especially equipment that beset an 1840's wagon train heading west. The ensemble actors had a keen sense of playing their roles in a manner depicting that previous period. Randolph Scott leads the players, where he is heroic, valiant of character, and sagacious of spirit. . .while his easy natural ways are endearing. Beautiful Gail Patrick is perfect for her role as a widowed mother taking a 4 year old son west. Her little boy, played by Billy Lee, is one of the great child actors ever, and gives a wonderful performance here. The 3 men leading the wagon west (Randolph Scott & 2 grizzled characters) have a real challenge defeating the elements that fall upon them. I don't want to give the whole story away, only to say I've seen a whole lot of westerns, and this one is one of the most enjoyable to me.


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