Posts from ethanedwards in thread „The Trail Beyond (1934)“

    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,


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    Plot Summary

    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

    Writing Credits
    James Oliver Curwood novel The Wolf Hunters
    Lindsley Parsons screenplay

    Full Cast
    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)

    Original Music
    Lee Zahler (uncredited)

    Archie Stout

    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.

    Filming Locations
    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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    The Trail Beyond