The Trail Beyond

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The Trail Beyond
Film poster
Directed by Robert N. Bradbury
Produced by Paul Malvern
Written by Lindsley Parsons (screenplay)
Based on The Wolf Hunters
by James Oliver Curwood
Music by Lee Zahler
Cinematography Archie Stout
Distributed by Monogram Pictures
Release date
  • October 22, 1934 (1934-10-22)
Running time
55 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Trail Beyond is a 1934 Western film starring John Wayne, Noah Beery, Sr., and Noah Beery, Jr.. The motion picture was based on the novel The Wolf Hunters by James Oliver Curwood, which was also adapted as a silent film entitled The Wolf Hunters (1926) and a later sound film also called The Wolf Hunters (1949).

This film presents an extremely rare opportunity to see Wallace Beery's brother and nephew appear together in a movie. Noah Beery, Jr., who played "Rocky" in The Rockford Files with James Garner forty years later, has an extremely large role as John Wayne's character's best friend and appears alongside Wayne in almost every scene, while the senior Beery enjoys only a few minutes of screen time despite his higher billing. Wayne was 27 years old when The Trail Beyond was shot, while Beery, Jr. was 21.

Stunning location backgrounds filmed around Mammoth Lakes, California, set this film firmly apart from most of the other Poverty Row westerns shot during the decade in which Wayne found himself trapped between his screen masterpieces The Big Trail (1930) and Stagecoach (1939).


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