1950 / 80:00 / B/W / Adventure/ Western
Director: Edwin L. Marin
Starring: Randolph Scott, George "Gabby" Hayes, Bill Williams
Formats: Available in High Definition restored version.
The 'lantern-jawed' cowboy, Randolph Scott, was a staple of Nat Holt's productions, and he doesn't disappoint here. Scott and Bill Williams are partners heading from Montana to the Northwest Territories, one looking for range land and the other for gold. Their small start-up herd of cattle is stampeded by hench-men of Victor Jory, the local cattle king. Williams loses an arm in the mayhem, and blames the cattle. Scott goes it alone from here, battling Jory's guns, the wilderness and hostile Indians. Light romance, in the form of Karin Booth, leavens the mix a little, but the emphasis is on what made Nat Holt's productions famous: fast-moving chase scenes, fist fights and grand scenery. Director Marin wisely sticks with the horse he rode in on. Gabby Hayes fans will be delighted with the 'old gummer' as a prospector who throws his lot in with Scott.
"'The Cariboo Trail' is a scenic, outdoor action feature that shapes up well for the market where Randolph Scott starrers usually get a good play. The scenery and the action are rugged, the plot good and the pace is fast." Variety, July 5, 1950
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