The Big TrailThe film starring John Wayne, Marguerite Churchill, El Brendel is directed by Raoul Walsh, Louis R. Loeffler. It is about Breck Coleman is the leader of settlers who have a destiny journey, pass through Indian attack, storms, deserts and so on.
Critic Reviews of "The Big Trail"
New YorkerJuly 15, 2013
Integrating the settlers' passionate mortal conflicts into the landscape, Walsh turns the theatrical limitations of early sound technique to an advantage, composing vast, static tableaux with the mighty breadth and noble pace of epic stanzas.
Kansas City KansanFebruary 17, 2008
More historical than anything, but a must for Wayne fans.
EmanuelLevy.ComDecember 21, 2005
Raoul Walsh believed that John Wayne would become a big star after his epic Western but he did not. A combo of factors account for this failure, not just Wayne's stiff acting but also the cool reception of the horseopera itself.
Ozus' World Movie ReviewsJuly 05, 2005
John Ford recommended to his friend Walsh bit-part actor Marion Morrison for the lead, and for his first starring role he took the name John Wayne...
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)September 23, 2003
Interesting early wide-screen spectacle with indifferent acting and story.
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Actors of "The Big Trail"
John WayneBirth date: 26 May 1907, Winterset, Iowa, USADescription: John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison in Iowa, to Mary Alberta (Brown) and Clyde Leonard Morrison, a pharmacist. He was of English, Ulster-Scots, and Irish ancestry.Clyde developed a lung condition that required him to move his family from Iowa to the warmer climate of southern California, where they tried ranching in the Mojave Desert. Until the ranch failed, Marion and his younger brother Robert E. Morrison swam in an irrigation ditch and rode a horse to school. When the ranch failed, the family moved to Glendale, California, where Marion delivered medicines for his father, sold newspapers and had an Airedale dog named "Duke" (the source of his own nickname). He did well at school both academically and in football. When he narrowly failed admission to Annapolis he went to USC on a football scholarship 1925-7. Tom Mix got him a summer job as a prop man in exchange for football tickets. On the set he became close friends with director John Ford for whom, among others, he began doing bit parts, some billed as John Wayne. His first featured film was Men Without Women (1930). After more than 70 low-budget westerns and adventures, mostly routine, Wayne's career was stuck in a rut until Ford cast him in Stagecoach (1939), the movie that made him a star. He appeared in nearly 250 movies, many of epic proportions. From 1942-43 he was in a radio series, "The Three Sheets to the Wind", and in 1944 he helped found the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals, a Conservative political organization, later becoming its President. His conservative political stance was also reflected in The Alamo (1960), which he produced, directed and starred in. His patriotic stand was enshrined in The Green Berets (1968) which he co-directed and starred in. Over the years Wayne was beset with health problems. In September 1964 he had a cancerous left lung removed; in March 1978 there was heart valve replacement surgery; and in January 1979 his stomach was removed. He received the Best Actor nomination for Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) and finally got the Oscar for his role as one-eyed Rooster Cogburn in True Grit (1969). A Congressional Gold Medal was struck in his honor in 1979. He is perhaps best remembered for his parts in Ford's cavalry trilogy - Fort Apache (1948), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) and Rio Grande (1950).
Marguerite ChurchillBirth date: 26 December 1910, Kansas City, Missouri, USADescription: Marguerite Churchill was born on December 26, 1910 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. She was an actress, known for The Big Trail (1930), Dracula's Daughter (1936) and The Valiant (1929). She was married to George O'Brien. She died on January 9, 2000 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA.
El BrendelBirth date: 25 March 1890, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USADescription: El Brendel was born on March 25, 1890 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Elmer Goodfellow Brendel. He was an actor, known for Wings (1927), The Big Trail (1930) and Just Imagine (1930). He was married to Flo Bert. He died on April 9, 1964 in Hollywood, California, USA.
Tully MarshallBirth date: 13 April 1864, Nevada City, California, USADescription: Tully Marshall intended to pursue a legal career, until he tried a dramatic course at Santa Clara University. He started stage work in San Francisco in 1883 and moved to New York in 1887, where he played in various roles on Broadway and on the road. After a few small parts in films he was given the role of the High Priest of Babylon in the D.W. Griffith classic, Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916). One of his finest roles in silents was that of an old frontiersman in another classic, The Covered Wagon (1923).When sound arrived Marshall was very much in demand and worked for nearly every major studio. His last film was Behind Prison Walls (1943). He died on March 10, 1943, after a 60-year career in entertainment.
Tyrone Power Sr.Birth date: 2 May 1869, London, England, UKDescription: Frederick Tyrone Power was born in London, England, the son of concert pianist Harold Littledale Power and stage actress Ethel Lavenu, and the grandson of famed Irish actor Tyrone Power (1795-1841). He was educated at Dulwich College. His family emigrated to the U.S. and he was sent to Florida to work as a citrus farmer. However, he hated farming, having always wanted to be an actor, so he abandoned the citrus ranch and made his stage debut in 'The Private Secretary' in 1886. He toured the U.S., Britain, and Australia in theatrical tours, becoming a famed matinee idol and calling himself Tyrone Power II and Tyrone Power the Younger. In 1912, he was acclaimed for his Brutus in 'Julius Caesar'. In 1914, he entered films and played leading roles until age moved him into often villainous character roles. At home one night after shooting on the film 'The Miracle Man' in 1931, Power suffered a massive heart attack and died literally in the arms of his 17-year-old son, Tyrone Power (Tyrone Edmund Power Jr., as he was legally named).
David RollinsBirth date: 2 September 1907, Kansas City, Missouri, USADescription: Extremely handsome, juvenile lead of the silent era David Rollins was discovered as an extra and given a contract with Fox Films in 1927. He worked mostly in light comedies, frequently paired with Sue Carol (the future wife of Alan Ladd). While under contract to Fox he worked with many great directors just beginning their careers, including Howard Hawks, John Ford and George Stevens.Few of his films survive today. The best-known is probably The Big Trail (1930), a full-length talkie directed by Raoul Walsh featuring John Wayne in his first starring role. Though beautifully photographed, the sound is rather rickety and the film was seen by relatively few people due to the fact that it was shot in 70mm, which few theaters at the time were equipped to show.Rollins retired in the 1950s and spent the rest of his life traveling, raising dogs, volunteering at a local hospital and tending his citrus orchards in Encinitas, California. He was interviewed only once, by author Michael Ankerich, for his where-are-they-now-book, "Broken Silence."
Frederick BurtonBirth date: 20 October 1871, Indianapolis, Indiana, USADescription: Frederick Burton was born on October 20, 1871 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA as Frederick Wishard Burton. He was an actor, known for The Big Trail (1930), One Way Passage (1932) and Theodora Goes Wild (1936). He was married to Jessie Perine Lawrie and Lora Osgood. He died on October 23, 1957 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Ian KeithBirth date: 27 February 1899, Boston, Massachusetts, USADescription: Ian Keith became a well regarded fixture on the Broadway stage during the 1920s, but from 1924 through the remainder of the decade he expanded his acting into a string of silent movies as well. To begin the next decade, he appeared in the cast of Abraham Lincoln (1930), one of the later movies of D.W. Griffith. His forte was perhaps already becoming obvious -- his role was that of John Wilkes Booth. Keith had a sly look, and there was an irritated but deadpan demeanor and a side-of-the-mouth delivery to his speech that marked him as a great villain. And he played many -- including a surprising number in historic costume. There was never any emotional nuance, but his straight delivery was always completely effective. He figured prominently in some of the most ambitious of the early sound epics: The Sign of the Cross (1932), Cleopatra (1934), and The Crusades (1935) of Cecil B. DeMille, and in the latter Keith was -- a sort of good guy -- the great Sultan Saladin (surely a strange miscast but DeMille obviously liked him -- he showed up in the much later The Ten Commandments (1956) as well). He was the nemesis of John Gilbert in Queen Christina (1933) and of a similar cast in Mary of Scotland (1936), the early John Ford classic with Katharine Hepburn. He also portrayed an odd twist in the first sound The Three Musketeers (1935). Counter to the book, his Rochefort is the plotting genius, not Cardinal Richelieu, as it should be. Incidentally, he reprised Rochefort, but more in keeping with the original character, in The Three Musketeers (1948) version for Gene Kelly. In between those years were a lot of B level movies of everything from the comics to murder mysteries to mark a downturn said to be the result of too much nightlife. He still did Broadway intermittently throughout his career amid early TV theater and episodic fare from the late 1940s through the 1950s. The stage remained his first choice. At the time of his death he was appearing in "The Andersonville Trial" (1960) on Broadway.
Charles StevensBirth date: 26 May 1893, Solomonsville, Arizona, USADescription: Charles Stevens was born on May 26, 1893 in Solomonsville, Arizona, USA. He was an actor, known for The Black Pirate (1926), The Big Trail (1930) and Wild and Woolly (1917). He was married to Lila. He died on August 22, 1964 in Hollywood, California, USA.
Louise CarverBirth date: 9 June 1869, Davenport, Iowa, USADescription: Louise Carver was born on June 9, 1869 in Davenport, Iowa, USA as Louise Spilger Murray. She was an actress and writer, known for The Big Trail (1930), The Hollywood Kid (1924) and Broke in China (1927). She was married to Tom Murray. She died on June 18, 1956 in Hollywood, California, USA.
Directors of "The Big Trail"
Raoul WalshBirth date: 11 March 1887, New York City, New York, USADescription: Raoul Walsh's 52-year directorial career made him a Hollywood legend. Walsh was also an actor: He appeared in the first version of W. Somerset Maug...
Louis R. LoefflerBirth date: 24 February 1897, New York City, New York, USADescription: Long-time film editor Louis R. Loeffler met Yolanda Magliaro in Rome while he was working on a picture there. They married and had three children. ...
Creators of "The Big Trail"
Hal G. EvartsBirth date: 24 August 1887, Topeka, Kansas, USADescription: false