The Big Trail

Film, Action and adventure

Time Out says

Walsh's epic Western has gone down in cinema history as the film that made bit-part actor Marion Morrison into leading man John Wayne (though it needed Ford's Stagecoach to revive his career a decade later). Originally made simultaneously in normal 35mm and a short-lived 70mm process called 'Grandeur', it has recently been restored to its spectacular wide-screen glory. The saga of a wagon trail, the film is more striking now for its wide shots - vast landscapes, wagons being hauled up impossibly steep cliffs - than for the knockabout humour of the character scenes.


Release details

157 mins

Cast and crew

Raoul Walsh
Jack Peabody, Marie Boyle, Florence Postal
John Wayne
Marguerite Churchill
El Brendel
Tully Marshall
Ward Bond
Tyrone Power Sr
David Rollins
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