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Santa Fe Trail

The fictional story of James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart (February 6, 1833 May 12, 1864), his romance with Kit Carson Holliday (a fictional charcter), friendship with George Armstrong Custer (December 5, 1839 June 25, 1876), West Point Class of 1858, and battles against John Brown (May 9, 1800 December 2, 1859) in the days leading up to the outbreak of the American Civil War (1861-1865).

(iBid: While a fairly good 1940 action movie - most of the 'details' dealing with the West Class Class of 1854 are wrong - the interactions of the 'named' cast never happen. Max Steiner score is very good)


Directed by
Michael Curtiz

Writing Credits
Robert Buckner - (original screenplay)

Cast (in credits order)

Errol Flynn - James Ewell Brown "Jeb" Stuart (February 6, 1833 May 12, 1864)

Olivia de Havilland - 'Kit Carson' Holliday (as Olivia De Havilland)

Raymond Massey - John Brown

Ronald Reagan - George Custer

Alan Hale - Tex Bell

William Lundigan - Bob Holliday

Van Heflin - Rader

Gene Reynolds - Jason Brown

Henry O'Neill - Cyrus Holliday

Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams - Windy Brody

Alan Baxter - Oliver Brown

John Litel - Martin

Moroni Olsen - Robert E. Lee

David Bruce - Phil Sheridan

Hobart Cavanaugh - Barber Doyle

Charles D. Brown - Major Sumner

Joe Sawyer - Kitzmiller

Frank Wilcox - James Longstreet

Ward Bond - Townley

Russell Simpson - Shubel Morgan

Charles Middleton - Gentry (as Charles Middletown)

Erville Alderson - Jefferson Davis

Susan Peters - Charlotte (as Suzanne Carnahan)

William Marshall - George Pickett

George Haywood - John Hood

Rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Cliff Clark - Instructor (scenes deleted)

Edmund Cobb - Guard (scenes deleted)

Louis Jean Heydt - Farmer (scenes deleted)

William Hopper - Officer (scenes deleted)

Edward Peil Sr. - Guard (scenes deleted)

Addison Richards - Minister (scenes deleted)

Harry Strang - Sergeant (scenes deleted)

Emmett Vogan - Lieutenant (scenes deleted)

Arthur Aylesworth - Abolitionist at Russell's House (uncredited)

Roy Barcroft - Engineer (uncredited)

Trevor Bardette - Agitator in Palmyra (uncredited)

Al Bridge - Palmyra Townsman (uncredited)

Jess Lee Brooks - Doorman at Washington Party (uncredited)
Georgia Caine - Officer's Wife at Party (uncredited)

Lucia Carroll - Girl at Wedding (uncredited)

Eddy Chandler - Armory Guard (uncredited)

Lane Chandler - Adjutant (uncredited)

Mildred Coles - Girl at Wedding (uncredited)

Harry Cording - Workman in Delaware Crossing (uncredited)

Joseph Crehan - Officer at Washington Party (uncredited)

Neal Dodd - Preacher at Wedding (uncredited)

Jim Farley - Brewer, Armory Hostage (uncredited)

Mildred Gover - Mammy (uncredited)

Mitzi Green - Girl at Wedding (uncredited)

Creighton Hale - Telegraph Operator (uncredited)

Henry Hall - Abolitionist at Russell's House (uncredited)

Sam Harris - Party Guest (uncredited)

Theresa Harris - Maid (uncredited)

Edward Hearn - Abolitionist in Armory (uncredited)

Russell Hicks - Dr. J. Boyce Russell (uncredited)

Selmer Jackson - Officer Reading Names of Graduates (uncredited)

Payne B. Johnson - Western Boy (uncredited)

Victor Kilian -

Dispatch Rider (uncredited) Richard Kipling - Army Doctor Attending Jason (uncredited)

Wilfred Lucas - Weiner (uncredited)

Frank Mayo - Engineer (uncredited)

Tom McGuire - Man with Surveyor (uncredited)

Lafe McKee - Minister (uncredited)

Mira McKinney - Survivor at Delaware Crossing (uncredited)

John Meyer - Workman (uncredited)

Frank Mills - Train Passenger (uncredited)

Edmund Mortimer - Extra in Washington Party (uncredited)

Jack Mower - Surveyor (uncredited)

Nestor Paiva - Abolitionist Noticing Army Horse Brand (uncredited)
Bernice Pilot - Hannah (uncredited)

Alex Proper - Townsman (uncredited)

Clinton Rosemond - Black Man on Train (uncredited)

Napoleon Simpson - Samson (uncredited)

Walter Soderling - Abolitionist at Russell's House (uncredited)

Grace Stafford - Farmer's Wife (uncredited)

Libby Taylor - Black Woman (uncredited)

Ernestine Wade - Black Woman (uncredited)

Eddy Waller - Workman (uncredited)

Ernest Whitman - Black Man in Barn (uncredited)

Maris Wrixon - Girl at Wedding (uncredited)

Produced by
Robert Fellows - associate producer
Hal B. Wallis - executive producer

Music by
Max Steiner

Cinematography by
Sol Polito - director of photography

Film Editing by
George Amy - film editor

Art Direction by
Errol Flynn - (art direction)
John Hughes

Costume Design by
Milo Anderson

Makeup Department
Perc Westmore - makeup artist

Production Management
Jack L. Warner - in charge of production
Frank Mattison - unit manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Sullivan - assistant director (uncredited)

Sound Department
Robert B. Lee - sound

Special Effects by
Byron Haskin - special effects
Hans F. Koenekamp - special effects (as H.F. Koenekamp)

Iron Eyes Cody - stunts (uncredited)
John Epper - stunts (uncredited)
Don Turner - stunts (uncredited)
Buster Wiles - stunt double: Van Heflin (uncredited)
Jack Williams - stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department
Cliff Shirpser - assistant camera (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff - costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein - musical director
Hugo Friedhofer - orchestral arrangements
Max Steiner - conductor (uncredited)

Other crew
Jo Graham - dialogue director


Lasky Mesa, West Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA
Sonora, California, USA
Warner Ranch, Calabasas, California, USA

above notes from
poster image: same
movie: DAV FL 70 Webmaster private collection

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