A wild west trader and his New York City wife head out for California by wagon train. The trader is killed en route, and his wife finds herself pregnant. She continues on, hoping to find a m... Read allA wild west trader and his New York City wife head out for California by wagon train. The trader is killed en route, and his wife finds herself pregnant. She continues on, hoping to find a man and a home.A wild west trader and his New York City wife head out for California by wagon train. The trader is killed en route, and his wife finds herself pregnant. She continues on, hoping to find a man and a home.
In 1845, trader Oliver Hale and his new wife are returning from New York City to California. In a New Orleans music hall, they meet and befriend an entertainer who uses the stage name of Florinda Grove. The dance hall singer is actually on the run from the New York City police since she's wanted for a murder, of which she claims to be innocent. The Hales believe her story, and help her escape the city under the guise of a widow bound for St. Louis on a riverboat. The newlyweds reach New Mexico where they plan to join a wagon train bound for California. In Santa Fe, the Hales bump into entertainer Florinda again. While Oliver Hale is away on a short business trip, a messenger from his brother Charles Hale arrives in town, bringing a special letter from Charles. In the letter, Charles explains that Carmelita Velasco, the daughter of a wealthy landowner, claims to be pregnant with Oliver's child and that she and her family expect Oliver to do the right honorable thing and marry her. But, alas, the letter reaches Oliver too late since he's now already married to New Yorker Garnet. By refusing to marry Carmelita, Oliver risks offending the whole Velasco family. To make matters worse, the dowry of Carmelita Velasco consists of a large Spanish land tract that Charles Hale covets. Days later, Oliver Hale, his wife Garnet and their new friend Florinda join a wagon train destined for Los Angeles. How will Oliver get out of this tight spot and conciliate his family with the Velasco family while preserving their honor ? —nufs68
Good movie; want to read the novel now
Republic pictures put out all the stops for them for this adaptation of the Gwen bistrow novel; class production values despite the backlot early Los Angeles set; good depiction of the friendship between Garnett and Floridan; their bond despite how opposite they are driven the story; Joan Leslie is very touching and sympathetic as Garnett; Vera ralston as Floridan isn't subtle or nuanced in her part but her flamboyance is lively and works well-too bad she didn't get more parts like this as she works well in such roles; I've a feeling a lot of the book was left out but the picture makes me want to read it; all in all a solid well produced and entertaining republic picture
- Jan 18, 2019
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