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Trailin' West (1936)

Approved | | Western | 5 September 1936 (USA)
Sent by President Lincoln to prevent an outlaw band from hampering the war effort, secret agent Red Colton is ambushed and his identity papers stolen, setting him up to be accused by the ... See full summary »

Director:

Noel M. Smith (as Noel Smith)

Writer:

Anthony Coldeway (original and screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dick Foran ... Lieutenant Red Colton
Paula Stone ... Lucy Blake
Bill Elliott ... Jefferson Duane (as Gordon Elliott)
Addison Richards ... Curley Thorne
Robert Barrat ... Abraham Lincoln
Joseph Crehan ... Colonel Douglas
Fred Lawrence ... Lieutenant Dale (as Frank Prince)
Eddie Shubert ... Happy Simpson
Henry Otho Henry Otho ... Hawk - Henchman
Stuart Holmes ... Elwin H. Stanton
Milton Kibbee ... Steve - Henchman
Carlyle Moore Jr. ... Hotel Clerk
Edwin Stanley Edwin Stanley ... Maj. Pinkerton (as Ed. Stanley)
Jim Thorpe ... Black Eagle
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Storyline

Sent by President Lincoln to prevent an outlaw band from hampering the war effort, secret agent Red Colton is ambushed and his identity papers stolen, setting him up to be accused by the local army commander of being a traitor. An unknown second agent and a secret password are his only hope of clearing his name and exposing the real culprits. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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...cause the sky's the limit in thrills as this sensational new hard-swingin;, sweet-singin', trail-blazin' son of the west rides into action in his biggest hit yet! (original print ad) See more »

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Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Iroiki apostoli See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In an outtake which appears in the Warner Club's Breakdowns of 1937 (1937) blooper reel, Dick Foran attempts to mount the saddle of his horse "Smoke", only to fail and angrily shout, "I can't raise my ass off the ground!" Subsequently, the blooper became an annual tradition of the "Breakdowns" series, appearing as the climatic clip up until "Blow-Ups of 1946" (1946). In these repeats, Foran's audio was slightly altered to say, "I still can't raise my ass off the ground!" See more »

Goofs

In the archive footage in which the rider crosses the chasm on the fallen log, the rider is wearing a white hat, but in the rest of the sequence, Foran is wearing a black hat. See more »

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Featured in Breakdowns of 1937 (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Drums of Glory
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Played during the opening credis and often as background music
Played on piano and sung by Dick Foran at the White House
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One inept spy, one great cowboy hero
14 April 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Trailin' West casts Dick Foran as a Union officer in the west on detached duty as a spy to ferret out a nest of Confederate sympathizers. It's a tried and true plot premise used by Warner Brothers on a bigger scale. Foran gets his mission from no less than Abraham Lincoln played by Robert Barrat and Lincoln's spymaster Allan Pinkerton.

Foran has no better luck than previous agents from Pinkerton's own ranks who get caught and sometimes killed. He loses his credentials and has to rely on his own wits to complete his mission. That and an extraordinary amount of luck which cowboy heroes seem to be able to draw on like a six shooter if needed.

But this is a western made for the Saturday matinée kid crowd and Foran was Warner Brothers B picture western star when he wasn't in A films like The Petrified Forest or The Sisters. And Dick Foran was a good singer who even got to Broadway in a revival of A Connecticut Yankee later on. This film and his other westerns are to exhibit him as a singing cowboy.

Not a great spy, but he's got some nice notes.


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