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  • Actors: Johnny Mack Brown, Louise Stanley, Fuzzy Knight, Bill Cody Jr., Edward LeSaint
  • Directors: Ford Beebe, Saul A. Goodkind
  • Writers: Basil Dickey, Edmond Kelso, George H. Plympton, W.W. Watson
  • Producers: Henry MacRae
  • Format: Black & White, Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Vci Video
  • Release Date: Jan. 17 2006
  • Run Time: 296 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000CMNJMW

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VCI Entertainment and Universal Pictures present..."The Oregon Trail" (1939) (Dolby digitally remastered), a 15 Chapter cliffhanger from an action packed Universal western serial era featuring an outstanding cast with Ford Beebe and Saul A.Goodkind at the helm...."The Oregon Trail" was the last of four serials that Johnny Mack Brown made for Universal Pictures in the 30's he moved back to full feature films and B-Westerns...story line has our hero Jeff Scott (Johnny Mack Brown) and his sidekick Deadwood Hawkins (Fuzzy Knight) working undercover to investigate missing wagon trains who never make it to Oregon....who is behind the Indian attacks and what eastern syndicate is involved with all the problems our early pioneers are dealing with...is Bull Bragg (Jack C. Smith) and his gang of cutthroats Breed (Charles Stevens), Daggett (Forrest Taylor), Dirk (Charles King) and Pete (Tom London) (what an outstanding lineup of screen badies) taking orders from Sam Morgan (James Blaine) who leading this dastardly pack of heavies...can we count on the cavalry riding to the rescue and keep all serial fans wanting more....will Bull Bragg blow the whistle on all who are involved in these 15 Universal episodes....don't leave the theater until the final chapter is over and done with "The End of the Trail"....just remember double thrills, chills, mystery and suspense...hitting the bull's eye with excitement...don't miss a single spine thrilling episode..return next week to this local theater for another episode of action and adventure that will keep you thrilled until the next chapter.

Under director's Ford Beebe and Cliff Smith, associate producer Henry MacRae, screenplay by George Plympton, Basil Dickey, Edmund Kelso and W.W.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
"The King of Serials & B-Westerns...VCI Entertainment ~ The Oregon Trail (1939)" Nov. 22 2005
By J. Lovins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: VHS Tape
VCI Entertainment and Universal Pictures present..."The Oregon Trail" (1939) (Dolby digitally remastered), a 15 Chapter cliffhanger from an action packed Universal western serial era featuring an outstanding cast with Ford Beebe and Saul A.Goodkind at the helm...."The Oregon Trail" was the last of four serials that Johnny Mack Brown made for Universal Pictures in the 30's he moved back to full feature films and B-Westerns...story line has our hero Jeff Scott (Johnny Mack Brown) and his sidekick Deadwood Hawkins (Fuzzy Knight) working undercover to investigate missing wagon trains who never make it to Oregon....who is behind the Indian attacks and what eastern syndicate is involved with all the problems our early pioneers are dealing with...is Bull Bragg (Jack C. Smith) and his gang of cutthroats Breed (Charles Stevens), Daggett (Forrest Taylor), Dirk (Charles King) and Pete (Tom London) (what an outstanding lineup of screen badies) taking orders from Sam Morgan (James Blaine) who leading this dastardly pack of heavies...can we count on the cavalry riding to the rescue and keep all serial fans wanting more....will Bull Bragg blow the whistle on all who are involved in these 15 Universal episodes....don't leave the theater until the final chapter is over and done with "The End of the Trail"....just remember double thrills, chills, mystery and suspense...hitting the bull's eye with excitement...don't miss a single spine thrilling episode..return next week to this local theater for another episode of action and adventure that will keep you thrilled until the next chapter.

Under director's Ford Beebe and Cliff Smith, associate producer Henry MacRae, screenplay by George Plympton, Basil Dickey, Edmund Kelso and W.W. Watson , dialogue director Dorothy Cormack, musical director Charles Previn ...the cast includes Johnny Mack Brown (Jeff Scott), Louise Stanley (Margaret Mason), Fuzzy Knight (Deadwood Hawkins), Bill Cody Jr (Jimmie Clark), Edward LaSaint (John Mason), James Blaine (Sam Morgan), Charles Stevens ('Breed'), Roy Barcroft (Col. Custer), Lane Chandler (Corporal in Sherman's office), Charles King (Dirk/henchman), Tom London (Pete/henchman), Jim Toney (Idaho Ike), Forrest Taylor (Daggett), Charles Murphy (Tompkins), John C. Smith (Bull Bragg), Iron Eyes Cody (Crow Foot), Karl Hackett (Mr. Clark), Lafe McKee (character part), Tom Steele (character part) and Jim Thorpe (character part).......special footnote, they're several character actors who have made their mark in B-Westerns and Serials...Roy Barcroft who is normally cast as a villain is Col. George Custer, Barcroft's unmistakable smooth voice and his swager made him the perfect heavy in many a Rex Allen, Gene Autry, Johnny Mack Brown, Sunset Carson, Hopalong Cassidy, Eddie Dean, Wild Bill Elliott (Red Ryder), Rocky Lane and Dale Evans & Roy Rogers...the other actor is Charles King, who they called "Blackie" in just about every film, King worked in silent films when sound came in his career took off with many a B-Western hero Buster Crabbe, Buck Jones, Ken Maynard, Tim McCoy and little Bob Steele where his knockdown dragout fist fights with King became legend, you couldn't wait for that scene in the film to arrive and you were never disappointed.........meanwhile back to our Universal Serial which is always good till the last drop and this serial is no exception...there is a great deal of entertainment here for the cliffhanger fans out there...all courtesy of VCI Entertainment, who in my humble opinion is the best there is in restoring early serials and features.

Bobby J. Copeland's book on "Johnny Mack Brown: Up Close & Personal" is chuck full of answers to all the questions his fans had from early on...when you went to see him on the big screen, you got exactly what the marquee said...plenty of thrills, adventure and loaded with action...Johnny Mack was a natural for the western, his riding abilities and fight scenes were of the the same caliber as Buck Jones and Bob Steele...Johnny Mack sets the saddle better than Duke Wayne...seems Johnny got better with the more films he made and the scripts were always top notch...he was one of the best-liked people in films, what you saw on the screen is what he really was...a great human being.

BIOS:
1. Johnny Mack Brown
Birth Date: 9/01/1904 - Dothan, Alabama
Died: 11/14/1974 - Woodland Hills, California, USA. (cardiac condition)

CHAPTER TITLES:
1. The Renegade's Revenge
2. The Flaming Forest
3. The Brink of Disaster
4. Thundering Doom
5. Stampede
6. Indian Vengeance
7. Trail of Treachery
8. Redskin's Revenge
9. The Avalanche of Doom
10.The Plunge of Peril
11.Trapped in the Flame
12.The Baited Trap
13.Crashing Timbers
14.Death in the Night
15.The End of the Trail

If you're into vintage serials as I am, why not pick up a copy of the following titles from VCI Home Video:
VCI CLIFFHANGER TRAILERS:
1. Adventures of Red Ryder (Don "Red" Barry)
2. Adventures of the Flying Cadets (Bobby Jordan)
3. Buck Rogers (Buster Crabbe)
4. Captain Midnight (Dave O'Brien)
5. Captain Video: Master of the Stratosphere (Judd Holdren & I. Stanford Jolley)
6. Dick Tracy's G-Men (Ralph Byrd)
7. Don Winslow of the Navy (Don Terry)
8. Don Winslow of the Coast Guard (Don Terry)
9. Drums of Fu Manchu (Henry Brandon)
10.Fighting Kit Carson (Johnny Mack Brown)
11.Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (Buster Crabbe)
12.The Green Archer (Victory Jory)
13.Jungle Girl (Frances Gifford)
14.Jungle Jim (Grant Withers & Raymond Hatton)
15.Lost City of the Jungle (Russell Hayden & Keye Luke)
16.Mandrake the Magician (Warren Hull & Dick Curtis)
17.Miracle Rider (Tom Mix & Tony Jr)
18.The Painted Stallion (Ray "Crash" Corrigan)
19.The Phantom (Tom Tyler)
20.The Return of Chandu (Bela Lugosi)
21.Riders of Death Valley (Dick Foran, Leo Carrillo & Buck Jones)
22.Secret Agent X-9 (1937) (Scott Kolk & Henry Brandon)
23.Secret Agent X-9 (1945) (Lloyd Bridges & Keye Luke)
24.Sky Raiders (Donald Woods & Billy Halop)
25.Undersea Kingdom (Ray "Crash" Corrigan)
26.Winners of the West (Dick Foran, Harry Woods, Roy Barcroft & Charles Stevens)
27.Zane Greys "King of the Royal Mounted" (Allan "Rocky" Lane)
28.Zorro's Cliffhanger Collection (Reed Hadley, John Carroll & Linda Stirling)

Great job by VCI Entertainment for releasing "The Oregon Trail" (1939), the digital transfere with a clean, clear and crisp print...looking forward to more high quality releases from the vintage serial era of the '30s, '40s & '50s...order your copy now from Amazon or VCI Entertainment where there are plenty of copies available on VHS, stay tuned once again for top notch action mixed with deadly adventure from the "King of Serials" VCI...just the way we like 'em

Total Time: 296 mins on 2 DVD ~ VCI Entertainment 8439 ~ (1/17/2006)
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Old-fashioned western serial is worthy of a look...or fifteen April 17 2006
By John Hartzell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Johnny Mack Brown plays an unusually dapper fur trapper hired to investigate a series of attacks preventing wagon trains from reaching the Oregon territories. He joins up with the most beleaguered wagon train in history, which spends several sequential episodes trying to get out of the same dusty town. Whenever the train starts moving, it falls under attack by Indians or stampeding cattle or some other stock footage, which digital technology makes even easier to spot.

Don't try to watch more than one or two chapters at a time, because this serial bears the marks of the form. Serials were a unique format completely beholden to the circumstances under which they were viewed. There was no guarantee that viewers attended the theater the previous week, so every installment contains a certain amount of redundant footage. Each chapter has opening credits, scrolling text describing the story thus far and usually about a minute of footage from the previous chapter, including the cliffhanger. There are no obvious cheats, though there is often an added shot or two (such as Johnny jumping clear of a crashing wagon) that shows how the cliffhanger was resolved. I have to knock off one star because of the disappointing ending and the fact that 15 chapters is simply to much for the story.

Johnny Mack Brown has a very physical method of fisticuffs that is a nice contrast to his easy-going acting style. He's not the most charismatic cinema cowboy, but he's charming enough to anchor the creaky cast. The strongest supporting character is Fuzzy Knight, who made dozens of films and serials with Brown. His performance, while amusing, never degenerates to the point of simple comic relief. You'll probably get a laugh out of how coyly the romantic elements are handled, chaste even by 1939 standards. This serial is very similar to Flaming Frontiers, which is also available on DVD and is just as much fun.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Re-living my childhood and youth! Aug. 25 2014
By Old Codger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
While far from perfect by today's quality standards, this collection is much more clear and better than the average collection of old western serials of this era. It is clear enough to not be distracting and allows the viewer to thoroughly enjoy the action. One of the best of it's kind I have had the pleasure to have. Johnny Mac Brown at his best in today's world!
Well-made Universal western serial, decently transferred Dec 15 2011
By Stanley Kohl; - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
"The Oregon Trail" is a 15-chapter Universal serial directed by Ford Beebe and Saul A. Goodkind, released in 1939.

Famous scout Jeff Scott (Johnny Mack Brown) and his sidekick Deadwood (Fuzzy Knight) are undercover agents for the Government, trying to determine who is behind attacks on settlers bound for Oregon. They join up with a wagon train headed by John Mason (Edward LeSaint) whose wagon boss, Bull Bragg (Jack C. Smith) is an underling of the main culprit, Sam Morgan (James Blaine). Morgan wants to keep settlers out of his territory so they don't disrupt his stranglehold on fur trade with the Indians. Bragg is quickly exposed, but isn't captured, and with Morgan's other main henchman, Breed (Charles Stevens) continues to disrupt Mason's efforts to get his wagons through to Paradise Valley.

This is a typical Universal western serial, which means lots of repetition, silent-era stock-footage Indians, cattle stampedes, and brush fires. There is a female, Mason's daughter Margaret (Louise Stanley) and a kid, Jimmie Clark (Bill Cody Jr.) that occasionally need rescue. The repetitive plot seems to have been desirable when these serials were first released; the kids in the audience were there for their weekly "fix" of Cowboys & Indians, and the associated features tended to do the same thing. Watched today for the "full story" it seems awfully slow-moving, but two things help redeem the serial: Fuzzy Knight's role as a useful comic-relief character, and that the hero can't just shoot Bull Bragg, who must be kept alive to expose the Big Boss. It's also interesting to have Roy Barcroft as Colonel Custer, occasionally coming to the rescue of the good guys. Barcroft's splendid delivery of lines is clearly evident here. Of the main bad guys, Charles Stevens as Breed is fine in a role familiar from other Universal serials. James Blaine as the chief villain doesn't seem quite nasty enough, and Jack C. Smith as Bragg comes across as just another thug, though he isn't supposed to be anything else, and not too bright, either. And there are characters with bad-guy names Dirk, Slade and Dagget, played by Colin Kenny, Charles King, and Forrest Taylor, respectively.

VCI's edition, # 8439 on two DVD's, is from a print headed "Commonwealth Pictures Presents" and while likely a 16mm reduction most chapters are fairly sharp, with good gray scale. The scrolling chapter "Foreword" usually becomes hard to read due to lack of resolution in the middle of the text as it shrinks toward the top of the screen. Small details like the MPPDA certificate numbers are not easy to read, but it is possible to tell the same number is used for the first three chapters, though many of the later ones are correct. The image is a little oversize, not a major problem but noticed especially in the "next week" titles, and there are a number of isolated long scratches, not too severe and mostly at the beginnings of the chapters. By 1939 Universal was doing a good job of simulating "night" and these scenes show plenty of detail, if some graininess not noticed in the brighter parts, probably from the reduction print. The sound has quite a bit of distortion in the title music of some chapters, though it cleans up during the main action and never causes problems with the dialogue. So while there are some flaws, it is quite watchable, much of it looking very good, and clear enough to show where the grainy stock footage is used.

Extra's include a "serial poster gallery" with eight posters, in color, for serials made from 1933 to 1950. There are "Bio's" of Johnny Mack Brown, Louise Stanley, Fuzzy Knight and Ford I. Beebe, and four serial movie trailers, for "The Oregon Trail," "Winners of the West," "Tim Tyler's Luck" and "Adventures of Red Ryder." Of some curiosity, the trailer for "The Oregon Trail" lists the 15 chapter titles, and has "Menacing Herd" for Chapter Five while the film has "Stampede!" These only appear in the "Next Week" titles of the film, with the exception of Chapter One.

Recommended especially to fans of Johnny Mack Brown, VCI's edition provides a good looking, clear if not razor-sharp image and fairly good sound. As with all serials it is best watched with at least a day between chapters, to give the stock-footage Indians a rest.
Who said only bad guys wore black? Jan. 17 2014
By Michael Royer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Hey...what can I say? It's Johnny Mack Brown and the last of his Universal cliffhangers. Sure, it's loaded with Universal's dependency on old stock footage. Sure Universal sometimes constructed entire episodes around old existing footage. So?
Hey, it's Saturday Matinee time on a small budget. Transport yourself back to a time when filmed entertainment wasn't overblown by CGI and every character wasn't bent on getting laid. It's called "escapism," pal. If you weren't interested you wouldn't be reading these buyer reviews. And if you are even slightly interested, buy the dern thing. It's a time machine. Jump aboard and travel the fictional Oregon Trail. 'Nuff said!


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