The Oregon Trail


59m 1936

Brief Synopsis

U. S. Army Captain John Delmont takes a leave of absence to find out what happened to his missing father. Later he leads a wagon train to California and goes after the bad guys involved in his father's disappearance.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 18, 1936
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
59m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

Synopsis

Colonel Delmont and his expedition command perish in the Rocky Mountains as the result of a plot conceived by Major Harris, a renegade. Harris hopes to use Delmont's supplies and his name to claim outlying California settlements and create his own Western empire outside of the authority of the United States. Delmont's son John, a captain in the army, tracks the Delmont expedition and finds his father's diary, which reveals Harris' part in his death. John then meets a group of west-bound pioneers led by Jim Ridgley who are traveling on the Oregon Trail. Among them is Jim's daughter Anne, whom John met earlier. Jim's group joins a party of Californians and is attacked by a band of Harris' men, who are disguised as cavalrymen. After one of Ridgley's men is shot and captured, Harris sends for John to collect the man in person. Along the way, John changes clothes with Harris' messenger, who then walks into gunfire meant for John and dies. Together with his caravan of settlers, John storms Harris' stronghold and captures the renegades. The Californians hold a celebration, and John and Anne are united.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 18, 1936
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
59m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

Quotes

Trivia

This film is believed lost. Please check your attic.

Notes

According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, location shooting at Lone Pine, CA, began on December 13, 1935. Screen Achievements Bulletin records list Nat Levine, not Paul Malvern, as producer. No other contemporary source credits Levine, however. Exploitation ads in the copyright records give Lindsley Parsons sole credit on original story and give Robert Emmett and Jack Natteford credit for screenplay. The copyright records themselves show the writing credits altered to include Parsons in the screenplay credit. Modern sources credit Trem Carr as producer.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1936

Released in United States 1936