The Dawn Trail

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The Dawn Trail
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Poster for the film
Directed by Christy Cabanne
Screenplay by John Thomas Neville
Story by Forrest Sheldon
Produced by Harry Cohn
Starring Marceline Day
Miriam Seegar
Charles Morton
Cinematography Ted McCord
Edited by James Sweeney
Release date
  • November 28, 1930 (1930-11-28)(US) [1]
Running time
7 reels
CountryUnited States

The Dawn Trail is a 1930 American Western film, directed by Christy Cabanne. It stars Marceline Day, Miriam Seegar, and Charles Morton, and was released on November 28, 1930. It was remade as the 1939 film Texas Stampede .


Cast list


In September 1930, it was announced that Christy Cabanne had been chosen direct the film. It was to be the fourth installment in a series of eight pictures starring Buck Jones. [2] In October it was revealed that Miriam Segar and Charles Morton had been added to the cast. [3] A week later trade publications printed that Erville Anderson and Hank Mann, were also joining the production. [4] In early November, Slim Whitaker and Edward J. Le Saint were announced as cast additions. [5]


The Film Daily gave it a very positive review, saying it was a "very good western with intelligent story well directed and action and suspense to the finish". They complimented the directing for including touches not normally seen in western films. They felt the story was well done, and not "just an excuse to hang the riding and fighting sequences on." They felt that Buck Jones showed he was one of the best western stars. [6] Harrison's Reports also enjoyed the film, calling it a "very good melodrama, with fast action." [7]

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  2. "Christy Cabanne Directs Next Buck Jones Western". The Film Daily . September 26, 1930. p. 4. Retrieved April 23, 2023. Open Access logo PLoS transparent.svg
  3. Ralph Wilk (October 23, 1930). "A Little From "Lots"". The Film Daily . p. 9. Retrieved April 23, 2023. Open Access logo PLoS transparent.svg
  4. "Added To "Dawn Trail"". The Film Daily . October 30, 1930. p. 8. Retrieved April 23, 2023. Open Access logo PLoS transparent.svg
  5. Ralph Wilk (November 6, 1930). "Hollwood Flashes". The Film Daily . p. 7. Retrieved April 23, 2023. Open Access logo PLoS transparent.svg
  6. "Buck Jones in "The Dawn Trail"". The Film Daily . December 28, 1930. p. 10. Retrieved April 23, 2023. Open Access logo PLoS transparent.svg
  7. ""The Dawn Trail" — With Buck Jones". Harrison's Reports . December 13, 1930. p. 199. Retrieved April 23, 2023. Open Access logo PLoS transparent.svg