The Trail Blazers

The Trail Blazers

Director: George Sherman Cast: Bob Livingston, Bob Steele, Rufe Davis



An above-average entry in Republic Pictures' long-running "Three Mesqueteers" series, The Trail Blazers is something as unusual as a Christmas western that includes comic sidekick Rufe Davis' rendition of "Jingle Bells." The Mesqueteers -- who in addition to Davis' Lullaby Joslin also numbered Robert Livingston as Stony Brooke and Bob Steele as "Tucson" Smith -- come to the aid of Jim Chapman (Carroll Nye), an engineer assigned to build a telegraph for the army. But a group of powerful local businessmen, headed by crooked newspaper publisher Jeff Bradley (Weldon Heyburn), do their utmost to sabotage the project. Yet despite the inevitable setbacks, the Mesqueteers, aided by Army Major Kelton (Tom Chatterton) and his daughter Marcia (Pauline Moore), make sure that the life-saving telegraph is erected on time. In an effort to duplicate the success of the "Three Mesqueteers" films, small-scale Monogram begun their own trio series in 1943, confusingly entitled "The Trail Blazers," a moniker the studio most likely "stole" from this western.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/01/1998
UPC: 0017153430134
Original Release: 1940
Source: Republic Pictures

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Livingston Stony Brooke
Bob Steele Tucson Smith
Rufe Davis Lullaby Joslin
Pauline Moore Marcia
Weldon Heyburn Jeff Bradley
Carroll Nye Jim Chapman
Tom Chatterton Maj. Kelton
Si Jenks The Dentist
Mary Field Alice Chapman
John Merton Mason
Rex Lease Reynolds
Robert Blair Fowler
Pascale Perry Actor
Harry Strang Actor
Barry Hays Actor

Technical Credits
George Sherman Director
Cy Feuer Score Composer
Harry Grey Producer
William Colt MacDonald Screenwriter
Tony Martinelli Editor
William Nobles Cinematographer
Barry Shipman Screenwriter
Earle Snell Screenwriter

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