Santa Fe Trail

Overview

Santa Fe Trail, Errol Flynn's third western, has precisely nothing to do with the titular trail. Instead, the film is a simplistic retelling of the John Brown legend, with Raymond Massey playing the famed abolitionist. The events leading up to the bloody confrontation between Brown and the US Army at Harper's Ferry, Virginia, are treated in a painstakingly even-handed fashion: Brown's desire to free the slaves is "right" but his methods are "wrong." Whenever the leading characters are asked about their own ...
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Overview

Santa Fe Trail, Errol Flynn's third western, has precisely nothing to do with the titular trail. Instead, the film is a simplistic retelling of the John Brown legend, with Raymond Massey playing the famed abolitionist. The events leading up to the bloody confrontation between Brown and the US Army at Harper's Ferry, Virginia, are treated in a painstakingly even-handed fashion: Brown's desire to free the slaves is "right" but his methods are "wrong." Whenever the leading characters are asked about their own feelings towards slavery, the response is along the noncommittal lines of "A lot of people are asking those questions," "I don't have the answer to that," and so forth. Before we get to the meat of the story, we are treated to a great deal of byplay between West Point graduates Jeb Stuart (Flynn) and George Armstrong Custer (Ronald Reagan), who carry on a friendly rivalry over the affections of one Kit Carson Halliday (Olivia DeHavilland). Just so we know that the picture is meant to be a follow-up to Warners' Dodge City and Virginia City, Flynn is saddled with Alan Hale and "Big Boy" Williams, his comic sidekicks from those earlier films. Despite its muddled point of view, Santa Fe Trail is often breathtaking entertainment, excitingly staged by director Michael Curtiz. The film's public domain status has made Santa Fe Trail one of the most easily accessible of Errol Flynn's Warner Bros. vehicles.
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Special Features

Interactive menus; Scene index; Quiz
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/25/2001
  • UPC: 096009011192
  • Original Release: 1940
  • Rating:

  • Source: Platinum Disc
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 49,981

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Errol Flynn Jeb Stuart
Olivia de Havilland Kit Carson Halliday
Raymond Massey John Brown
Ronald Wilson Reagan George Armstrong Custer
Alan Hale Tex Bell
Ward Bond Townley
Van Heflin Rader
William Lundigan Bob Holliday
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 Maj. Sumner
Joe Sawyer Kitzmiller
Frank Wilcox James Longstreet
Russell Simpson Shoubel Morgan
Charles B. Middleton Gentry
Erville Alderson Jefferson Davis
Spencer Charters Conductor
Suzanne Carnahan Charlotte
William Marshall George Pickett
George Haywood John Hood
Luis Alberni
Arthur Aylesworth
Roy Barcroft
Trevor Bardette
Al Bridge
Jess Lee Brooks Doorman
Georgia Caine Officer's Wife
Lucia Carroll
Eddy Chandler
Lane Chandler Adjutant
Cliff Clark Instructor
Edmund Cobb
Mildred Coles Girl
Harry Cording
Joseph Crehan
Rev. Neal Dodd
James Farley
Mildred Gover Woman
Mitzi Green
Creighton Hale Telegraph Operator
Henry Hall Abolitionist
Theresa Harris Maid
Edward Hearn Guard
Louis Jean Heydt Farmer
Russell Hicks J. Boyce Russell
William Hopper Officer
Selmar Jackson
Victor Kilian Dispatch Rider
Richard Kipling Army Doctor
Wilfred Lucas Weiner
Frank Mayo Bit
Lafe [Lafayette] McKee Minister
Mira McKinney Woman
Jack Mower Surveyor
Nestor Paiva Agitator
Edward Peil Sr.
Susan Peters Charlotte Davis
Bernice Pilot
Addison Richards Sheriff
Clinton Rosemond
Napoleon Simpson Samson
Walter Soderling
Grace Stafford Farmer's Wife
Harry Strang Sergeant
Libby Taylor
Emmett Vogan Lieutenant
Eddy Waller Man
Maris Wrixon
Technical Credits
Michael Curtiz Director
George J. Amy Editor
Milo Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Buckner Screenwriter
Robert M. Fellows Producer
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Hugo W. Friedhofer Musical Direction/Supervision
Byron Haskin Special Effects
John Hughes Art Director, Production Designer
H.F. Koenekamp Special Effects
Robert B. Lee Sound/Sound Designer
Sol Polito Cinematographer
Max Steiner Score Composer
Hal B. Wallis Executive Producer, Producer
Jack L. Warner Producer
Perc Westmore Makeup
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
2. Graduation [3:39]
3. The Railway [13:54]
4. John Brown [13:52]
5. Jason Brown [8:18]
6. Shubel Morgan [8:31]
7. Palmyra [10:57]
8. The Cavalry [5:08]
9. The Ball [18:27]
10. Harper's Ferry [6:10]
11. Battle [10:56]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Film
   Chapters
   Biography
      Ronald Reagan
   Quiz
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