The Big Trail

Dir. Raoul Walsh. 1930, 121 mins. Digital projection. With John Wayne, Marguerite Churchill, Tyrone Power Sr. One of the earliest films ever shot in widescreen (in Fox’s short-lived “Grandeur” process), The Big Trail is a stunningly inventive movie landmark, a vibrant piece of Americana that portrays the American melting pot and the stunning Western landscape. A remarkably youthful Wayne stars, in his first leading role, as a trail guide leading a wagon train, which encounters both the dangers and pleasures of the wide-open, uncharted territory.

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Leonard Maltin reviews The Big Trail
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Review by The New York Times, October 25, 1930