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The Oregon Trail

The Oregon Trail(1959)

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A May 1959 Daily Variety news item stated that Gloria Moreland was originally cast as "Shona Hastings." Several historical inaccuracies in the film were described in the Hollywood Reporter review, including the use of Colt revolvers, which were not part of Army equipment until a year later than the time portrayed in the film, and the fact that the troops marching to the Mexican war were wearing Spanish-American war uniforms. The Variety reviewer noted that the low-budget film used footage from other pictures and called scenes shot with a painted backdrop "embarrassingly phony." The same reviewer complimented Del Aceredo's Indian makeup, however.