SANTA FE TRAIL-An Outstanding 1940 OLD WEST Western

Santa Dr Trail is one of my all-time BEST Movies I’ve ever seen. It will grow on you and there is so much in this Movie to Watch. But this is one you must see

Dame Olivia Mary de Havilland DBE was a British-American actress. The major works of her cinematic career spanned from 1935 to 1988. She appeared in 49 feature films and was one of the leading actresses of her time. 

Santa Fe Trail is a 1940 American western film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Errol FlynnOlivia de HavillandRaymond MasseyRonald Reagan and Alan Hale. Written by Robert Buckner, the film is about the abolitionist John Brown and his campaign against slavery prior to the American Civil War. In a subplotJ. E. B. Stuart and George Armstrong Custer compete for the hand of Kit Carson Holliday.

Santa Fe Trail
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMichael Curtiz
Produced byHal B. Wallis
Screenplay byRobert Buckner
Based onstory by Buckner
StarringErrol FlynnOlivia de HavillandRaymond MasseyRonald Reagan
Music byMax Steiner
CinematographySol Polito
Edited byGeorge Amy
Warner Bros. Pictures
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release dateDecember 28, 1940 (USA)
Running time110 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$2,533,000[2]

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The film was one of the top-grossing films of the year, and the seventh Flynn–de Havilland collaboration. Its content has little relevance to the actual Santa Fe Trail.


At West Point Military Academy in 1854, cadet Carl Rader (Van Heflin), an agent of John Brown, is dishonorably discharged for distributing anti-slavery pamphlets. His classmates Jeb Stuart (Errol Flynn) and George Custer (Ronald Reagan) become second lieutenants and are posted to Fort LeavenworthKansas Territory, the most dangerous duty in the Army—an assignment they relish. On the way to Kansas, Custer and Stuart meet Cyrus K. Holliday, in charge of building the railroad to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and his daughter Kit (Olivia de Havilland), with whom both officers fall in love.

The Kansas Territory is bloodstained and war-torn, a victim of John Brown’s (Raymond Massey) relentless crusade against slavery. Meanwhile, Rader has enlisted as a mercenary in Brown’s army, which has been terrorizing the countryside. During Brown’s attack on a freight wagon under the protection of the U.S. Army, Stuart and Custer capture Brown’s injured son Jason (Gene Reynolds) and, before he dies, the troubled boy informs them about his father’s hideout at Shubel Morgan’s ranch in Palmyra. In disguise, Stuart rides into Palmyra, the center of the Underground Railroad, but Brown’s men spot his horse’s army brand. He is captured and taken to Brown at gunpoint. Attempting to escape, Stuart is trapped in a burning barn but is saved as Custer leads the cavalry to the rescue, driving Brown into seclusion.

Three years later, in 1859, believing that Brown’s force has been broken, Stuart and Custer are sent back to Washington, D.C., where Stuart proposes to Kit. However, Brown is planning to re-ignite war by raiding the arsenal at Harper’s Ferry, Virginia. When Brown refuses to pay Rader for his services, Rader rides to Washington to alert Stuart of Brown’s plans, and the troops arrive just in time to crush the rebellion. Brown is then tried for treason by the state of Virginia and hanged. The movie ends with the marriage of Stuart and Kit.