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The Oregon Trail
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Under director's Ford Beebe and Cliff Smith, associate producer Henry MacRae, screenplay by George Plympton, Basil Dickey, Edmund Kelso and W.W.Read more ›
Famous scout Jeff Scott (Johnny Mack Brown) and his sidekick Deadwood (Fuzzy Knight) are undercover agents for the Government, trying to determine who is behind attacks on settlers bound for Oregon. They join up with a wagon train headed by John Mason (Edward LeSaint) whose wagon boss, Bull Bragg (Jack C. Smith) is an underling of the main culprit, Sam Morgan (James Blaine). Morgan wants to keep settlers out of his territory so they don't disrupt his stranglehold on fur trade with the Indians. Bragg is quickly exposed, but isn't captured, and with Morgan's other main henchman, Breed (Charles Stevens) continues to disrupt Mason's efforts to get his wagons through to Paradise Valley.
This is a typical Universal western serial, which means lots of repetition, silent-era stock-footage Indians, cattle stampedes, and brush fires. There is a female, Mason's daughter Margaret (Louise Stanley) and a kid, Jimmie Clark (Bill Cody Jr.) that occasionally need rescue. The repetitive plot seems to have been desirable when these serials were first released; the kids in the audience were there for their weekly "fix" of Cowboys & Indians, and the associated features tended to do the same thing. Watched today for the "full story" it seems awfully slow-moving, but two things help redeem the serial: Fuzzy Knight's role as a useful comic-relief character, and that the hero can't just shoot Bull Bragg, who must be kept alive to expose the Big Boss. It's also interesting to have Roy Barcroft as Colonel Custer, occasionally coming to the rescue of the good guys. Barcroft's splendid delivery of lines is clearly evident here.Read more ›
Hey, it's Saturday Matinee time on a small budget. Transport yourself back to a time when filmed entertainment wasn't overblown by CGI and every character wasn't bent on getting laid. It's called "escapism," pal. If you weren't interested you wouldn't be reading these buyer reviews. And if you are even slightly interested, buy the dern thing. It's a time machine. Jump aboard and travel the fictional Oregon Trail. 'Nuff said!
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Plan a date night for this movie, but start it early like 1 p.m. and lasting until 8 p.m. and action packed. Read morePublished on October 6, 2013 by Randall Guinn
This is a classic B western starring Johnny Mac Brown. He was a star in the 1930's to 1940's. He is the icon hero of these western!. He always defeats his enemies. Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by K. Oliver