The Big Trail
The Big Trail (1930)

The first "epic" western of the talkie era, The Big Trail is motivated by a hero's search for the murderer of his father. Twenty-three-year-old John Wayne, hitherto limited to bit parts, was thrust into the difficult leading… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1930
DVD Release Date: May 20, 2003
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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Integrating the settlers' passionate mortal conflicts into the landscape, Walsh turns the theatrical limitations of early sound technique to an advantage, composing vast, static tableaux with the mighty breadth and noble pace of epic stanzas.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

John Ford recommended to his friend Walsh bit-part actor Marion Morrison for the lead, and for his first starring role he took the name John Wayne...

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

More historical than anything, but a must for Wayne fans.

Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Visually spectacular early sound Western

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Emanuel Levy

Raoul Walsh believed that John Wayne would become a big star after his epic Western but he did not. A combo of factors account for this failure, not just Wayne's stiff acting but also the cool reception of the horseopera itself.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Interesting early wide-screen spectacle with indifferent acting and story.

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Chris Browning
The film version i had on blu-ray contained both the regular 35mm print at 108 minutes and the "Fox Grandeur" version filmed at 70mm and running 122… More