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||IMDB Rating: 7.3/10 from 2,315 votes
||Release: 1 November 1930 (USA) /
||Genre: Adventure, Romance, Western
||Director: Raoul Walsh,
||Stars: Charles Stevens, David Rollins, El Brendel, Frederick Burton, Ian Keith, John Wayne, Louise Carver, Marguerite Churchill, Tully Marshall, Tyrone Power Sr.
||Synopsis: Breck leads a wagon train of pioneers through Indian attack, storms, deserts, swollen rivers, down cliffs and so on while looking for the murder of a trapper and falling in love with Ruth. Written by Ed Stephan <[email protected]>
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Contrary to the comment posted directly below, The Big Trail (1930) was
not filmed in a three-camera process "much like the later Cinerama."
That was the finale to Napoleon (1927), a different film entirely! The
Big Trail was simultaneously shot in both 35mm and 70mm (Grandeur)
versions, and both versions are shown on Fox Movie Channel from time to
time, so it's easy to compare one with the other. The Grandeur version
(broadcast in letterbox @ approximately its original 2-1 ratio) is more
impressive cinematically with its wide angle panoramas, but suffers
from the same problem that beset early CinemaScopes, a lack of
close-ups forced upon director Raoul Walsh because of focus problems.
Scenes involving individuals rather than crowds or long shots are much
more effective in the standard version because the camera can move
closer to the players thereby achieving a greater sense of involvement
for the viewer. Watching the two versions simultaneously, one gets an
accurate idea of which shots Walsh chose to shoot close-up, in the
standard version, but could not, in the Grandeur version. There are
also a couple sequences involving El Brendel: a shell game with Ian
Keith, and some business with his wife & a jackass, which are in the
Grandeur version, but missing from the standard version.
For the record, The Big Trail is the only one of three Fox Grandeur
films which has survived in its original wide screen format. (The other
two are Fox Movietone Follies of 1929, completely lost, and Happy Days,
which survives only in standard format.) Other studios also
experimented with wide film at this time, but the only other one still
known to exist in both formats is The Bat Whispers, filmed in both 65mm
and 35mm, and released by United Artists. Other wide films were MGM's
Billy the Kid (1930) and The Great Meadow (1931), RKO's Danger Lights
(1930), and WB's The Lash (1930), all of which can be seen in their
standard format versions on Turner Classic Movies. WB's Kismet (1930)
was also filmed both wide and standard, but seems to have completely
disappeared; it is rumored to be lost.
Why did wide film fail in 1930? Theaters were reeling (pun intended)
under the impact of the stock market crash of October 1929, and the
spiraling costs of installing sound equipment, and so were adverse to
taking on the added expense of installing additional new projection
equipment and new wider screens to accommodate just a handful of films,
photographed in a variety of different systems that were not even
always compatible with each other. It would not be until 1953 when Fox,
now Twentieth Century-Fox, would try again, and this time succeed, with
the introduction of wide screen CinemaScope.
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, John Wayne
, Louise Carver
, Marguerite Churchill
, Tully Marshall
, Tyrone Power Sr.
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