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Santa Fe Trail (December 28, 1940)

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Errol Flynn and Raymond Massey in Santa Fe Trail
 

Released on December 28, 1940: Before the Civil War begins, a U.S. Cavalry Officer from the North and a U.S. Cavalry Officer from the South are stationed in Bloody Kansas, where the war of John Brown is tearing the state apart.

Produced by Hal B. Wallis

Directed by Michael Curtiz

The Actors: Errol Flynn (J.E.B. 'Jeb' Stuart), Olivia de Havilland ('Kit Carson' Holliday), Ronald Reagan (George Custer), Raymond Massey (John Brown), Alan Hale (Tex Bell), William Lundigan (Bob Holliday), Van Heflin (Rader), Gene Reynolds (Jason Brown), Henry O'Neill (Cyrus Holliday), Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams (Windy Brody), Alan Baxter (Oliver Brown), John Litel (Martin), Moroni Olsen (Robert E. Lee), David Bruce (Phil Sheridan), Hobart Cavanaugh (Barber Doyle), Charles D. Brown (Major Sumner), Joe Sawyer (Kitzmiller), Frank Wilcox (James Longstreet), Ward Bond (Townley), Russell Simpson (Shubel Morgan), Charles Middleton (Gentry), Erville Alderson (Jefferson Davis), Spencer Charters (the conductor), Susan Peters (Charlotte Davis), William Marshall (George Pickett), George Haywood (John Hood), Arthur Aylesworth (Abolitionist at Russell's house), Roy Barcroft (conductor), Trevor Bardette (agitator in Palmyra), Al Bridge (Palmyra townsman), Jess Lee Brooks (doorman at Washington party), Georgia Caine (Officer's wife at the party), Lucia Carroll (girl at the wedding), Eddy Chandler (armory guard), Lane Chandler (the Adjutant), Mildred Coles (girl at the wedding), Harry Cording (workman in Delaware Crossing), Joseph Crehan (Officer at Washington party), Neal Dodd (preacher at the wedding), Jim Farley (Brewer, an Armory hostage), Mildred Gover (Mammy), Mitzi Green (girl at the wedding), Creighton Hale (telegraph operator), Henry Hall (Abolitionist at Russell's house), Theresa Harris (maid), Edward Hearn (Abolitionist in armory), Russell Hicks (Dr. J. Boyce Russell), Selmer Jackson (Officer reading the names of the graduates), Payne B. Johnson (western boy), Victor Kilian (dispatch rider), Richard Kipling (Army doctor attending Jason), Wilfred Lucas (Weiner), Frank Mayo (Engineer), Tom McGuire (man with surveyor), Lafe McKee (minister), Mira McKinney (survivor at Delaware crossing), John Meyer (workman), Edmund Mortimer (extra at the Washington party), Jack Mower (surveyor), Nestor Paiva (Abolitionist noticing the Army horse brand), Bernice Pilot (Hannah), Alex Proper (townsman), Clinton Rosemond (black man on the train), Napoleon Simpson (Samson), Walter Soderling (Abolitionist at Russell's house), Grace Stafford (farmer's wife), Libby Taylor (black woman), Ernestine Wade (black woman), Eddy Waller (workman), Ernest Whitman (black man in the barn), Maris Wrixon (girl at the wedding)

 

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In 2010 the population of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia was 286 people. One of those citizens is a fan of old movies and every once in a while, we chat via e-mail. The Potomac River meets the Shenandoah river in Harpers Ferry in a peaceful and serene valley. Few people remember the battle between John Brown and Robert E. Lee, Jeb Stuart, George Custer and more, that grew into the American Civil War.

The story begins at West Point Military Academy, where U.S. Secretary of War Jefferson Davis, along with Robert E. Lee, are congratulating the graduating class, which includes Jeb Stuart, George Custer, Phil Sheridan, James Longstreet, George Pickett and more.

From there we travel to bloody Kansas territory, where settlers are divided and angry at each other as . . . . Well, . . . . Much like our political anger and disagreement that divides us today. It seems that while few would deny that the U.S. is one of the very best places to live on the face of the earth, it is not to be denied that we are, and it seems always have been, very divided by our political thoughts. My papa used to say that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

With movie stars like Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Raymond Massey, Ronald Reagan, and more familiar names than we see in all but a few blockbuster motion pictures, this story is as exciting a movie as any, . . . . And it is based on real facts and real history. When I watch the terrible telling of the times that our ancestors survived, I am awed that America is still a nation a century later. Yes, this is history, but I double-dog guarantee you that you will not be bored by this amazing story. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Ronald Reagan and Errol Flynn
Ronald Reagan and Errol Flynn
Alan Baxter
Alan Baxter
Alan Hale
Alan Hale
Charles D. Brown
Charles D. Brown
Errol Flynn
Errol Flynn
Errol Flynn
Errol Flynn
Errol Flynn and Ronald Reagan
Errol Flynn and Ronald Reagan
Errol Flynn and William Lundigan
Errol Flynn and William Lundigan
Errol Flynn
Errol Flynn
Errol Flynn
Errol Flynn
Errol Flynn
Errol Flynn
Erville Alderson
Erville Alderson
Erville Alderson and Susan Peters
Erville Alderson and Susan Peters
Erville Alderson
Erville Alderson
Frank Wilcox and William Lundigan
Frank Wilcox and William Lundigan
Gene Reynolds
Gene Reynolds
Gene Reynolds and Olivia de Havilland
Gene Reynolds and Olivia de Havilland
Gene Reynolds
Gene Reynolds
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams and Alan Hale
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams and Alan Hale
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams and Alan Hale
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams and Alan Hale
The Hanging of John Brown
The Hanging of John Brown
Henry O'Neill and Charles D. Brown
Henry O'Neill and Charles D. Brown
Henry O'Neill
Henry O'Neill
Hobart Cavanaugh
Hobart Cavanaugh
Hobart Cavanaugh
Hobart Cavanaugh
Jess Lee Brooks
Jess Lee Brooks
Jim Farley
Jim Farley
Moroni Olsen and Ronald Reagan
Moroni Olsen and Ronald Reagan
Moroni Olsen
Moroni Olsen
Olivia de Havilland and Henry O'Neill
Olivia de Havilland and Henry O'Neill
Olivia de Havilland and Susan Peters
Olivia de Havilland and Susan Peters
Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland
Raymond Massey and Alan Baxter
Raymond Massey and Alan Baxter
Raymond Massey
Raymond Massey
Raymond Massey
Raymond Massey
Ronald Reagan, Charles D. Brown and Errol Flynn
Ronald Reagan, Charles D. Brown and Errol Flynn
Ronald Reagan and Errol Flynn
Ronald Reagan and Errol Flynn
Ronald Reagan and Errol Flynn
Ronald Reagan and Errol Flynn
Ronald Reagan and Olivia de Havilland
Ronald Reagan and Olivia de Havilland
Ronald Reagan and Olivia de Havilland
Ronald Reagan and Olivia de Havilland
Spencer Charters
Spencer Charters
Spencer Charters
Spencer Charters
Susan Peters
Susan Peters
Van Heflin
Van Heflin
Van Heflin and Ward Bond
Van Heflin and Ward Bond
Van Heflin and Errol Flynn
Van Heflin and Errol Flynn
Van Heflin
Van Heflin
Van Heflin
Van Heflin
William Lundigan and Errol Flynn
William Lundigan and Errol Flynn