Shows how raw and powerful pure spectacle can be in cinema. There's no faking the expanse of the wilderness, the scope of the wagon train, or the churning, striving flesh of man and beast. Walsh's adherence to the spectacle of physical objects in the physical world invokes the awe and wonder cinema provoked in its infancy: the dream and the nightmare of seeing phantoms flicker on the screen.
The American wilderness stars alongside an impossibly young and handsome John Wayne. Raoul Walsh and DP Arthur Edeson create widescreen, deep focus compositions decades ahead of their time. Infinite wagon trains, limitless mountains, Sequoias wider than rivers, steamships plying legions of livestock. Epic and costly, with real vistas and crowds--you will never see a grander, more realistic wagon trail than this.
Suprised! A rare western! It's more like an authentic documentry about hardship of moving to the far west and how west was discovered by new inhabitants, depiction of long trails of caravans in real locations is thrilling; It's realism in an epic scale and john wayn never been so young and sweet on screen for me. He is so tender and sweet!
Gran western. Walsh hace un montaje enorme y convierte una peregrinación en una travesía de apariencia épica. Es también el primer gran protagónico de Wayne, semblante recio, corporalidad imponente; un mito en formación. Lo curioso de la historia: los indios cuando podían ser aliados. Dos escenas memorables: el descenso de carrozas por un peñasco y el final de los amantes reencontrándose insignificantes entre árboles
Every western lover should watch this movie simply to experience the state of the art at the time. Yes, it was Wayne's first starring role but what is truly impressive is the incredible attention to detail and authenticity that the film makers have created. A 1930 movie is going to be quirky, by today's standards. Even so, I was astounded at the realism portrayed of the hardships the settlers faced.