Kit Carson (1940)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - B-Western  |   Release Date - Aug 30, 1940 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 97 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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This typically economical Edward Small historical drama stars Jon Hall as legendary frontiersman Kit Carson. Wasting no time, the film gets off to an exciting start as Carson and his two saddle pals (Ward Bond and Harold Huber) are attacked by Indians. They manage to escape unscatched and make their way to Fort Bridger, where Captain John "Frontier" Fremont (Dana Andrews) hires Carson to guide a wagon train westward. The plot thickens when both Carson and Fremont fall in love with pretty Dolores Murphy (Lynn Bari), but all misunderstandings and rivalries are forgotten when the two heroes fight shoulder to shoulder against another Indian attack. Despite obvious budgetary limitations, the battle scenes are well staged by serial veteran George B. Seitz. Originally distributed by United Artists, Kit Carson was later reissued by minor-league PRC Pictures, which is why the film is currently in Public Domain.

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bad-guy, cavalry, frontiersman, good-guy, love, Native-American, rival, romance, scout, wagon-train