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Some of the scenes in this movie were filmed here
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The Trail Beyond is a 1934 Western film
starring John Wayne, Noah Beery, Sr., and Noah Beery, Jr..
This film presents an extremely rare opportunity to see Wallace Beery's brother and nephew appear
together in a movie.
Noah Beery, Jr., who played "Rocky" in The Rockford Files forty years later,
has an extremely large role as John Wayne's character's best friend
and appears alongside Wayne in almost every scene,
while the senior Beery enjoys only a few minutes of screen time despite his higher billing.
Wayne was 27 years old when The Trail Beyond was shot, while Beery, Jr. was 21.
Stunning location backgrounds filmed around Mammoth Lakes, California
set this film firmly apart from most of the other Poverty Row westerns
shot during the decade in which Wayne found himself trapped between his screen masterpieces
The Big Trail (1930) and Stagecoach (1939).
I am biased towards, these Lone Star films.
I enjoy all of them, for all their whirlwind, few days, low budget filming,
they are a joy, and fun to watch.
It is great to see Duke maturing in his career, and by the end of the series,
his cadence is lower, and more mature.
Duke's love interest, proving there was some early screen chemistry,
was Vera Hillie, and she was a cracker!!!
Duke has a great supporting acts, with many Lone Star favourites.
This is one of my favourite Lone Star films,and is very interesting.
Great story line, which is based on the novel The Wolf Hunters, by popular writer,
James Oliver Curwood.
The Trail Beyond is quite unique, for fans of these films,
as it includes both father and son, Noah Beery and Noah Beery Jr..
It had some great twists and turns in it.
Yakima Canutt, did a great stunt, where he leaps from a horse onto a wagon.
During the take he missed,so he got up, remounted his horse,and did the leap again.
Malvern decided to keep both shots in the film!!
These films are great fun and should be seen by everyone,
Author: Mike-764 from Flushing, NY, from IMDb
Rod Drew is sent by a friend to locate his long lost daughter Marie,
who he believes is in Northwest Canada. En route by train, Drew meets his old friend, a half breed named Wabi,*
who immediately becomes involved in a murder frame up and the two jump from the train wanted men.*
Tracking down clues to Marie's whereabouts, Drew and Wabi make their way to an abandoned cabin and find a map
that Drew's friend and a partner made, showing the location of a treasure. Wabi takes Drew to a trading post run by Newsome
and assisted by his daughter Felice (whom Wabi loves).*
Benoit, who works as a clerk in Newsome's store, tries to grab the map so he can get the treasure for LaRocque,*
a trapper and the film's bad man. Noting that Drew and Wabi are wanted men,
LaRocque has one of his men kidnap and impersonate a Mountie, and get the map when they arrive back at the cabin,*
however Drew gives them a fake map, and he, Wabi, and Ryan (the Mountie) go after the treasure,*
while LaRocque and his men close in on Newsome's cabin to get the map.
A very enjoyable B film with what seems like better directing and production values than seen in previous Bradbury films,
which probably due to the fact that its based on the Curwood novel, rather than being an original Bradbury story.*
Nice cinematography highlight the film and overshadow the wooden acting by the entire cast, especially by Frazer and Dwire*
as the villains. Much of the start of the movie has character introduction which gets the film off on a wrong foot,
but the film settles in and becomes enjoyable.
THE TRAIL BEYOND
DIRECTED BY ROBERT NORTH BRADBURY
PRODUCED BY PAUL MALVERN
LONE STAR PRODUCTIONS
Photo with the courtesy of lasbugas
INFORMATION FROM IMDb
Rod Drew has been sent to find a missing miner and his daughter. He is joined by old friend Wabi whom he has to rescue from card cheats that framed him for murder. Later they find a skeleton and a map to a mine. When they put the map into a safe, a LaRocque henchman sees them. LaRocque wants the map and captures the Mountie sent to get Wabi. His man then dressed as the Mountie captures Rod and Wabi.
Summary written by Maurice VanAuken
James Oliver Curwood novel The Wolf Hunters
Lindsley Parsons screenplay
John Wayne .... Rod Drew
Verna Hillie .... Felice Newsome
Noah Beery .... George Newsome
Noah Beery Jr. .... Wabi
Robert Frazer .... Jules LaRocque
Iris Lancaster .... Marie LaFleur
James A. Marcus .... John Ball (as James Marcus)
Eddie Parker .... Ryan, the Mountie
Earl Dwire .... Henchman Benoit
Reed Howes .... Fake RCMP Constable (uncredited)
Artie Ortego .... Henchman Towanga (uncredited)
Tex Palmer .... R.C . Mounted Policeman (uncredited)
Lee Zahler (uncredited)
Yakima Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Parker .... stunts (uncredited)
* Continuity: In the canoe scene when Drew and Wabi
leave the cabin with the rescued Mountie, when the Mountie
is shot by one of the villains, he falls backwards toward Wabi.
In the very next scene he's lying in the other direction toward Drew.
Big Bear Lake, Big Bear Valley, San Bernardino National Forest, California, USA
Grant's Grove, King's Canyon National Park, Three Rivers, California, USA
Mammoth Lakes, California, USA
Railroad Station, Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California, USA
Trem Carr Ranch, Newhall, California, USA.
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