California Trail

The California Trail

Director: Lambert Hillyer

Cast: Buck Jones, Helen Mack, George Humbert

     
 

Yankee Buck Jones turns into a south-of-the-border Robin Hood in this fine, if flawed, Western from Columbia Pictures. Arriving with a shipment of food for the starving peons of La Loma, CA, Santa Fe Stewart (Jones) finds himself falsely accused of murdering local businessman Don Marco Ramirez (Emile Chautard) and stealing his valuable cargo. The Yankee Bandit,…  See more details below

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Yankee Buck Jones turns into a south-of-the-border Robin Hood in this fine, if flawed, Western from Columbia Pictures. Arriving with a shipment of food for the starving peons of La Loma, CA, Santa Fe Stewart (Jones) finds himself falsely accused of murdering local businessman Don Marco Ramirez (Emile Chautard) and stealing his valuable cargo. The Yankee Bandit, however, manages to escape from jail and embarks on a quest to defeat local mayor Don Alberto (George Humbert) and his brother Commandante Emilio (Luis Alberni), who have been starving the populace in order to take over their valuable land. With the assistance of Juan (Charles Stevens), whose young son was killed by the Commandante, the hero does his best to feed the hungry and soon discovers a surprising ally in a rich stranger. The latter is revealed to be the governor of California, traveling to La Loma to investigate the uprising. When the dust settles, the governor appoints Juan the new mayor of La Loma and Santa Fe its new commandant. To make sure the Yankee will remain in town, the governor gives the blessing for a union with lovely Dolores Ramirez (Helen Mack).

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All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Had it not been for the buffoonish villainy of Luis Alberni and George Humbert, The California Trail would have been an exemplary B-Western. As it stands, however, the film is irritatingly lopsided. While Alberni and Humbert mug shamelessly, comic opera style, a young child is mercilessly shot in the back and his father tortured. Happily, Buck Jones delivers a standout performance as the "Yankee Bandit" (the film's working title, incidentally) and there is a surprisingly sympathetic portrayal by Charles Stevens, a fine B-Western regular usually cast as cowardly "half-breeds." Director Lambert Hillyer keeps the pace at a fast clip and the final confrontation is staged for maximum effect. Supporting actor William Steele is for unknown reasons listed as "Robert Steele" in the opening credits, a mistake that has caused The California Trail to be credited to B-Western star Bob Steele.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/05/2013
UPC:
0043396422902
Original Release:
1933
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures Home
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sales rank:
61,535

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Disc #1 -- The California Trail
1. Chapter 1 [9:15]
2. Chapter 2 [11:36]
3. Chapter 3 [10:22]
4. Chapter 4 [8:20]
5. Chapter 5 [11:21]
6. Chapter 6 [8:50]
7. Chapter 7 [6:13]

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