THE BIG TRAIL-an excellent 1930 Old West Movie with John Wayne in his 1st Starring Role.

This is one of my most Favorite John Wayne Movie. I’ve seen it at least a dozen times and it just has so much in it for all of us to view. I hope all of us can perk up the interest in these kinds of Movies by present and future Generations. It’s fun excitement for the whole family. And it’s in a desperate time Period when People wanted to change their Lives for, hopefully, the better. It’s hard to believe that it’s nearly 100 years Old. You might have seen it as a child or even saw it in the Movie Theater. The scenery is amazing.

But pop up some Popcorn and sit back and enjoy! And share this with your children and grandchildren. Enjoy!

A large caravan of settlers attempt to cross the Oregon Trail. Breck Coleman (John Wayne) is a young trapper who just got back to Missouri from his travels near Santa Fe, seeking to avenge the death of an old trapper friend who was killed the winter before along the Santa Fe Trail for his furs, by Red Flack (Tyrone Power Sr.) and his minion Lopez (Charles Stevens). At a large trading post owned by a man named Wellmore, Coleman sees Flack and suspects him right away as being one of the killers. Flack likewise suspects Coleman as being somebody who knows too much about the killing. Coleman is asked by a large group of settlers to scout their caravan west, and declines, until he learns that Flack and Lopez were just hired by Wellmore to boss a bull train along the as-yet-unblazed Oregon Trail to a trading post in northern Oregon Territory (which at the time extended into current British Columbia), owned by another Missouri fur trader. Coleman agrees to scout for the train, so he can keep an eye on the villains and kill them as soon as they reach their destination. The caravan of settlers in their Prairie schooners would follow Wellmore’s ox-drawn train of Conestoga Wagons, as the first major group of settlers to move west on the Oregon Trail. The film is set somewhere between 1837 and 1845.[notes 1] This is historically accurate, as the first major wave of settlers on the Oregon Trail was in 1843, although the details were completely different.

Coleman finds love with young Ruth Cameron (Marguerite Churchill), whom he’d kissed accidentally, mistaking her for somebody else. Unwilling to accept her attraction toward him, Ruth gets rather close to a gambler acquaintance of Flack’s, Thorpe (Ian Keith), who joined the trail after being caught cheating. Coleman and Flack have to lead the settlers west, while Flack does everything he can to have Coleman killed before he finds any proof of what he’d done. The three villains’ main reason for going west is to avoid the hangman’s noose for previous crimes, and all three receive frontier justice instead. The settlers trail ends in an unnamed valley, where Coleman and Ruth finally settle down together amidst giant redwoods.

The Big Trail is a 1930 American pre-Code Western film early widescreen movie shot on location across the American West starring John Wayne in his first leading role and directed by Raoul Walsh.

The Big Trail
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRaoul Walsh
Story byHal G. Evarts
StarringJohn Wayne
Marguerite Churchill
El Brendel
CinematographyLucien Andriot
Arthur Edeson
Edited byJack Dennis
Fox Film Corporation
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release dateNovember 1, 1930
Running time122 min. 70mm version
108 min. 35mm version
CountryUnited States

In 2006, the United States Library of Congress deemed this film “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”, and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry, saying “the plot of a trek along the Oregon Trail is aided immensely by the majestic sweep provided by the experimental Grandeur wide-screen process used in filming”.[2][3][4]