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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' Olivia DeHavilland and Olivia DeHavilland 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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 28, 1940

Cast

Errol Flynn
as Jeb Stuart
Olivia de Havilland
as Kit Carson Halliday
Raymond Massey
as John Brown
Ronald Reagan
as George Armstrong Custer
Alan Hale
as Tex Bell
William Lundigan
as Bob Holliday
Ward Bond
as Townley
Van Heflin
as Rader
Gene Reynolds
as Jason Brown
Henry O'Neill
as Cyrus Holliday
Alan Baxter
as Oliver Brown
John Litel
as Martin
Moroni Olsen
as Robert E. Lee
David Bruce
as Phil Sheridan
Hobart Cavanaugh
as Barber Doyle
Charles D. Brown
as Maj. Sumner
Joe Sawyer
as Kitzmiller
Frank Wilcox
as James Longstreet
Russell Simpson
as Shoubel Morgan
Charles B. Middleton
as Gentry
Erville Alderson
as Jefferson Davis
Spencer Charters
as Conductor
Suzanne Carnahan
as Charlotte
George Haywood
as John Hood
Arthur Aylesworth
Roy Barcroft
Trevor Bardette
Al Bridge
Lucia Carroll
Eddy Chandler
Lane Chandler
as Adjutant
Cliff Clark
as Instructor
Edmund Cobb
Harry Cording
Joseph Crehan
James Farley
Creighton Hale
as Telegraph Operator
Theresa Harris
as Maid
Edward Hearn
as Guard
Louis Jean Heydt
as Farmer
Russell Hicks
as J. Boyce Russell
William Hopper
as Officer
Selmar Jackson
Victor Kilian
as Dispatch Rider
Richard Kipling
as Army Doctor
Wilfred Lucas
as Weiner
Mira McKinney
as Woman
Jack Mower
as Surveyor
Nestor Paiva
as Agitator
Addison Richards
as Sheriff
Clinton Rosemond
Napoleon Simpson
as Samson
Walter Soderling
Grace Stafford
as Farmer's Wife
Harry Strang
as Sergeant
Libby Taylor
Emmett Vogan
as Lieutenant
Eddy Waller
as Man
Maris Wrixon
Susan Peters
as Charlotte Davis
Frank Mayo
as Bit
Luis Alberni
Napoleon Simpson
as Samson
Frank Mayo
as Bit
Susan Peters
as Charlotte Davis
Cliff Clark
as Instructor
Theresa Harris
as Maid
Victor Kilian
as Dispatch Rider
Mira McKinney
as Woman
Harry Strang
as Sergeant
Eddy Waller
as Man
Addison Richards
as Sheriff
Wilfred Lucas
as Weiner
Russell Hicks
as J. Boyce Russell
William Hopper
as Officer
Nestor Paiva
as Agitator
Emmett Vogan
as Lieutenant
Richard Kipling
as Army Doctor
Louis Jean Heydt
as Farmer
Edward Hearn
as Guard
Creighton Hale
as Telegraph Operator
Grace Stafford
as Farmer's Wife
Lane Chandler
as Adjutant
Jack Mower
as Surveyor

Crew

Michael Curtiz
Director
Hal B. Wallis
Producer
Jack L. Warner
Producer
Robert Buckner
Screenwriter
Sol Polito
Cinematographer
Max Steiner
Composer (Music Score)
Leo F. Forbstein
Musical Direction/Supervision
Hugo W. Friedhofer
Musical Direction/Supervision
George J. Amy
Editor
Hal B. Wallis
Executive Producer
Milo Anderson
Costume Designer
Byron Haskin
Special Effects
Perc Westmore
Makeup
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