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The Big Trail

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Big Trail, The [Blu-ray]

Tagline – The Most Important Picture Ever Produced

Starring – John Wayne (Breck Coleman), Marguerite Churchill (Ruth Cameron), El Brendel (Gus), Tully Marshall (Zeke), Tyrone Power, Sr. (Red Flack), Ward Bond (Sid Bascom).

Released – November, 1930

Directed By – Raoul Walsh

Produced By – Fox Film Corporation

Distributed By – Fox Film Corporation

Description – This motion picture was the first true ‘epic’ western to be made.  Breck Coleman leads a wagon train with hundreds of settlers on a perilous journey from the Mississippi River to the promise of the west.  Along the way they encounter Indian attacks, the heat of the desert, raging rivers, and snow storms.

Breck is also searching for the murderer of his trapper father and finds himself falling in love with wagon train member Ruth Cameron.

NOTABLE: In 2006, The Big Trail was added to the National Film Registry.

The Big Trail was John Wayne’s first leading role. He was given the opportunity after the part was turned down by Gary Cooper.

The Big Trail was shot using an early widescreen process called Fox Grandeur.