Sunday Seconds with the Duke

The Big Trail (1930)

Episode #36

Fox Film Corporation released The Big Trail to theaters on November 1, 1930. Raoul Walsh directed the film starring John Wayne, Marguerite Churchill, and El Brendel.

‘The Big Trail’ Movie Summary

Out on a lavish riverboat, a rugged but friendly adventurer named Breck Coleman signs up to lead a trail for hundreds of settlers in wagons from the rivers of the Mississippi to out West. While getting ready for the big cross country trip, quarrels among those in charge heats up.

After a stampede and trouble crossing a river, the caravan finds itself heavily damaged, and they stop for repairs. Soon, the prairie schooners continue on West. When an assassination attempt on Breck fails, he returns back to the wagons safely, and keeps his romantic interest up with beautiful frontier woman Ruth.

Native American tribes lineup to halt progress, but Breck negotiates with them through a pow wow to continue through their territory unharmed. Native Americans raised Breck, and speaks their language. Reaching a cliff face, they literally lower their wagons down it alongside people and animals.

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Fox Film Corporation released The Big Trail to theaters on November 1, 1930. Raoul Walsh directs the film which stars John Wayne, Marguerite Churchill, and El Brendel.

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