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|Directed by||George B. Seitz|
John E. Burch (assistant)
|Produced by||Edward Small|
|Written by||Evelyn Wells|
|Screenplay by||George Bruce|
|Based on||newspaper serial by Evelyn Wells|
|Music by||Edward Ward|
|Cinematography||John J. Mescall|
|Edited by||William F. Claxton|
Fred R. Feitshans Jr.
|Color process||Black and white|
Edward Small Productions
|Distributed by||United Artists|
Kit Carson is a 1940 American Western film directed by George B. Seitz and starring Jon Hall as Kit Carson, Lynn Bari as Delores Murphy, and Dana Andrews as Captain John C. Frémont . This picture was filmed on location at Cayente (Kayenta), Arizona and was one of the early films to use Monument Valley as a backdrop. The supporting cast features Ward Bond as a character named "Ape", future Lone Ranger Clayton Moore without his mask, and Raymond Hatton as Jim Bridger.
Kit Carson (Jon Hall) and his two saddle pals, Ape (Ward Bond) and Lopez (Harold Huber) are attacked by Indians. They manage to escape unscathed and make their way to Fort Bridger, where Captain John Fremont (Dana Andrews) hires Carson to guide a wagon train westward to California south along the Oregon Trail. Both Carson and Fremont fall in love with pretty Dolores Murphy (Lynn Bari), on her way to her father's hacienda in Monterey. Meanwhile, General Castro (C. Henry Gordon), the Mexican Governor General of California, arms the Shoshoni Indians in an effort to keep the Americans out of California.
- Jon Hall as Kit Carson
- Lynn Bari as Dolores Murphy
- Dana Andrews as Captain John C. Frémont
- Harold Huber as Lopez
- Ward Bond as Ape
- Renie Riano as Miss Pilchard
- Clayton Moore as Paul Terry
- Rowena Cook as Alice Terry
- Raymond Hatton as Jim Bridger
- Harry Strang as Sergeant Clanahan
- C. Henry Gordon as General José Castro
- Lew Merrill as General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo
- Stanley Andrews as Thomas O. Larkin
- Edwin Maxwell as John Sutter
- George Lynn as James King (as Peter Lynn)
- William Farnum as Don Miguel Murphy
The movie was one of several Edward Small made for United Artists. Victor McLaglen was originally announced for the title role, and then Randolph Scott. Joel McCrea and Henry Fonda were also named.
Jon Hall had just made South of Pago Pago for Edward Small and was borrowed from Samuel Goldwyn Productions. Lynn Bari was borrowed from 20th Century Fox. Filming started on March 10, 1940. It was shot on location in Kayenta, Arizona.
The film was later remade as Frontier Uprising (1961).
- DOUGLAS W. CHURCHILL (Oct 17, 1939). "SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD: Metro Will Make Picture of 'Escape,' Novel About Actress Held in Concentration Camp JAMES STEWART FILM DUE Music Hall's 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Here Thursday --Another Opening Listed John Stahl Leaves Universal Role for Marjorie Rambeau". New York Times. p. 30.
- DOUGLAS W. CHURCHILL (Apr 10, 1940). "SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD: Metro Will Produce 'Escape,' With Norma Shearer and Robert Taylor in Leads TWO FILMS OPEN TODAY Dr. Cyclops' in Local Premiere at Paramount--Criterion Bills 'One Was Beautiful' Roosevelt Changes Plans Role for Humphrey Bogart". New York Times. p. 35.
- "32 FILMS ON LIST OF UNITED ARTISTS: Pictures by Eleven Producers to Be Released by Company During 1939–40 Season LEAD FOR JASCHA HEIFETZ Will Star in Goldwyn's 'Music School'--'Rebecca' and 'My Son, My Son!' on Schedule Leslie Howard to Star "Of Mice and Men Listed"". New York Times. May 8, 1939. p. 23.
- DOUGLAS W. CHURCHILL (May 1, 1940). "SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD: Melvyn Douglas Gets Lead in Story of Refugee in Paris-- Wendy Barrie Signed NEW ITALIAN FILM TODAY Opens at Cine Roma--Helen Vinson Here After Playing in New Cagney Picture Of Local Origin". New York Times. p. 31.
- "Hawaiian Plays Indian in Film". Los Angeles Times. Sep 20, 1940. p. A13.
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