The Oregon Trail

  • 1959
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Western

MacMurray is a New York reporter sent to cover the opening of the Oregon territory in 1846. He is investigating whether President James Polk is sending troops disguised as pioneers to hold the land. MacMurray is captured by Indians and escapes with the help of Indian maiden Talbott. He quits his newspaper job, helps the soldiers fight the Indians, and settles...read more

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MacMurray is a New York reporter sent to cover the opening of the Oregon territory in 1846. He is investigating whether President James Polk is sending troops disguised as pioneers to hold the land. MacMurray is captured by Indians and escapes with the help of Indian maiden Talbott. He

quits his newspaper job, helps the soldiers fight the Indians, and settles down with Talbott in the new territory. A routine western directed by Gene Fowler, Jr., who also directed I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF and I MARRIED A MONSTER FROM OUTER SPACE. This was the fifth movie made called either OREGON

TRAIL or THE OREGON TRAIL. Universal made a silent version in 1923 starring Art Acord, who reportedly committed suicide while in a drunken stupor. Next, in 1936 Paul Malvern produced a John Wayne film for Republic called OREGON TRAIL. In 1939, Universal again picked up THE OREGON TRAIL and turned

it into a 15-chapter photoplay. Ford Beebe directed John Mack Brown in this version. Republic recycled the name THE OREGON TRAIL in 1945, in a version that featured Sunset Carson. Twentieth Century-Fox appropriated the name for this film.

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