The Telegraph Trail (1933)

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A greedy businessman-turned-renegade foments an Indian uprising against the coming telegraph to perpetuate his economic stranglehold on the territory.




  • John Wayne and Marceline Day in The Telegraph Trail (1933)
  • John Wayne and Albert J. Smith in The Telegraph Trail (1933)
  • John Wayne and Marceline Day in The Telegraph Trail (1933)
  • John Wayne in The Telegraph Trail (1933)
  • John Wayne in The Telegraph Trail (1933)
  • John Wayne and Duke in The Telegraph Trail (1933)

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1 January 1999 | Art-22
| Some enjoyable intentional and unintentional comedy in this routine B-western with John Wayne.
This early John Wayne western has the frequently used plot of some baddies convincing indians that the white men are up to no good, in this case by building a telegraph line to connect the east and west. But I still had some fun watching it, mostly because of the comedy by both Frank McHugh and Otis Harlan. In their funniest scene, they get drunk while the indians are attacking and they are bleary-eyed enough to think one bullet fells as many as 8 indians. The scene itself, in the middle of a battle in which many are killed, indicates director Tenny Wright did not direct with a heavy hand; I sensed a light-hearted touch throughout, which was a welcome change from most of these westerns. I also laughed whenever some clichéd event occurred, such as the love interest, Marceline Day, overhearing the the baddies talking about the upcoming ambush and getting the information to Wayne. And Wayne's horse, Duke, enters the fight by kicking indians when he was in a tent and observes their silhouettes against the tent wall. No wonder he was billed second in the opening credits, but I still wondered how the other actors felt about being outbilled by a horse.

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18 March 1933



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