The Old Chisholm Trail

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  • Approved
  • 1942
  • 1 hr 1 min
  • 5.8  (123)

The Old Chisholm Trail is a Western film released in 1942, directed by Elmer Clifton and starring Johnny Mack Brown, Mady Correll, and Tex Ritter. Set in the late 1800s, the film tells the story of a group of cowboys traveling on the historic Chisholm Trail from Texas to Kansas with a herd of cattle. Along the way, they face a variety of challenges, including outlaws, hostile Native Americans, and cattle rustlers.

The film opens with a shot of a vast herd of cattle grazing on the Texas plains. We're introduced to our hero, John Poore (played by Johnny Mack Brown), who's just returned to Texas after several years living in the East. John is a skilled cowboy, and he's been hired to help drive a herd of cattle to Kansas. He meets up with the rest of the crew, including the seasoned trail boss Harry Odell (played by Fuzzy Knight), and the younger cowboys Tex (Tex Ritter) and Joe (played by Terry Walker).

As the drive begins, the cowboys encounter a hostile Native American tribe led by the fearsome Chief Yellow Dog (played by Frank Lackteen). While initially wary of the cowboys, Chief Yellow Dog eventually agrees to let them pass through his territory peacefully. However, the cowboys soon learn that there are other dangers on the trail. A group of outlaws has set up camp on the outskirts of town, and they're determined to steal the cattle and sell them for a profit. The cowboys confront the outlaws, and a thrilling gunfight ensues.

Meanwhile, John has developed a relationship with a local woman named Susan (played by Mady Correll). Susan is the owner of a general store, and she's impressed by John's bravery and cowboy skills. However, their relationship is tested when John is accused of stealing cattle from another rancher. With the help of his friends, John is able to clear his name and prove his innocence.

As the drive continues, the cowboys face additional challenges, such as a raging river and stampeding cattle. However, they persevere and finally reach their destination in Kansas. Along the way, they've formed a tight bond and developed a deep sense of respect for one another.

The Old Chisholm Trail is a classic Western film full of action, suspense, and romance. The film's all-star cast delivers strong performances, particularly Johnny Mack Brown, who anchors the film with his stoic cowboy persona. Tex Ritter provides comic relief as the young, naive cowboy Tex, while Mady Correll adds a touch of romance as the independent and assertive Susan. The film's stunning outdoor locations, thrilling gunfights, and dramatic cattle drives make it a must-see for fans of the Western genre.

Overall, The Old Chisholm Trail is a well-crafted and entertaining Western film that captures the spirit of the Old West. Its engaging story, likable characters, and thrilling action sequences make it a timeless classic that's sure to delight audiences for years to come.

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    1 hr 1 min
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    5.8  (123)