Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Covered Wagon

The Covered Wagon is a 1923 silent film directed by James Cruze. Alan Hale is in this -always a plus- along with Tully Marshall and Charles Ogle (Frankenstein in the 1910 film and Bob Cratchitt in the 1910 Christmas Carol) Wikipedia says it
is considered by many to be the first great Western epic, and established some of the cliches which later became so well known, such as the circling of the wagons in preparation for an "Indian Attack".

watch it online via youtube, where the intertitles are unreadable unless, of course, you read Portuguese, which I don't:

Oddly, I can't locate this film online anywhere else.

Images Journal includes it in their list of 30 great westerns and calls it "the first truly epic scale Western."

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