~The Covered Wagon~
1923
~Paramount Pictures Herald~
"The Covered Wagon," is the greatest achievement in motion picture history. Nothing was spared in
the making of it, for Paramount had, from the beginning, full confidence it would be the greatest
popular attraction ever offered to the American people.

Several hundred mounted men actually risked their lived in the buffalo hunt, which is absolutely
genuine from the start to finish.

Adapted by Jack Cunningham from the famous novel by Emerson Hough.

The scenes in which the 300 Wagons ford a mile-wide rushing torrent were made at great risk, for
men and horses actually had to swim for their lives.

Nine square miles of wast territory were burned up for the prairie fire scene. You will see men, woman
and horses menaced by the devouring flames, fleeing for their lives. You will see thrilling rescues in
the very midst of a roaring fire. Nothing so big was ever attempted before in motion picture history,
and probably never will be again.

The attack of a thousand Indians on the two-mile wagon train is one of the greatest thrills ever
staged. These Indians were brought from reservations hundreds of miles away to appear in this
episode.

To make "Covered Wagon," 3000 actors spent three months on a location 80 miles from a railroad.
They endured floods, blizzards, zero temperatures, and sometimes lack of food. A thousand Indians
were used, and the live stock included 600 oxen, 1000 horses and 540 mules.

Providing a new standard for comparison, "The Covered Wagon" is an astounding romance of the
days when the star of empire gleamed beacon-like in the Western sky and when brave men and
women risked their lives fearlessly in their efforts to build up a mighty nation.

"The Covered Wagon" tells a love story of great sweetness.

Every character in "The Covered Wagon" is a real human being. Each represents the pride of
American manhood and womanhood of pre-gold discovery days in California. Some were bad, others
indifferent, but the majority are of noble texture, staunch and true. It is these human qualities which
make the story of this tremendous production appealing and wonderfully effective as screen
entertainment.

"The Covered Wagon" will enthrall every spectator. It is one of those pictures every American ought
to see, and will see. It is a photoplay which serves a double purpose. It pleases both the eye and mind.
It is a screen masterpiece.

"The Covered Wagon" is the Grand Canyon of motion pictures. Every turn of the wheel provides a
new and breathless thrill. Through every scene romance races with hurricane swiftness. It is the
greatest screen adventure motion picture devotees hitherto have experienced or will enjoy within the
coming decade.
Directed by: James Cruze

Written by:
Jack Cunningham - adaptation

Based on the novel  The Covered Wagon  by Emerson Hough (New York,
1922).
~Cast~

J. Warren Kerrigan ...  Will Banion
Lois Wilson ...  Molly Wingate
Alan Hale ...  Sam Woodhull
Ernest Torrence ...  William Jackson
Tully Marshall ...  Jim Bridger
Ethel Wales ...  Mrs. Wingate
Charles Ogle ...  Jesse Wingate
Guy Oliver ...  Kit Carson
Johnny Fox ...  Jed Wingate  
James Cruze ...  Indian (scenes deleted)
Frank Albertson ...  Bit (uncredited)
Constance Wilson ...  Extra (uncredited)
~Remaining Credits~

Production Companies:
Famous Players-Lasky Corporation
Paramount Pictures

Released by: Paramount Pictures

Produced by: Jesse L. Lasky
Cinematography by: Karl Brown
Film Editing by: Dorothy Arzner
Costume Design by: Howard Greer
Props: Delmer Daves
Stunts: Spike Spackman
Stunt Double for Mr. Kerrigan: Jack Padjan
Still Photographer: Edwin W. Willat
Assistant Camera: Irvin Willat

Length: 10 Reels
Runtime: 105 Minutes
Released: September 8, 1924
~Plot Synopsis~
Two wagon trains--one led by Wingate, the other by Will Banion (J. Warren Kerrigan)--in 1848 travel
from Westport Landing (Kansas City) over the Oregon Trail to California and Oregon. Their major
adventures include the crossing of the Platte River, an Indian attack, and a prairie fire. The narrative
revolves around Will Banion and Wingate's daughter, Molly (Lois Wilson). Her scoundrel fiancée,
Sam Woodhull (Alan Hale), works constantly to discredit Banion, with the eventual result that Banion
and his wagons are banished from the train and follow the lure of gold to California. Molly learns the
truth through Kit Carson (Guy Oliver) and Bridger (Tully Marshall) and sends Jackson (Ernest
Torrence) for Banion. They are married after Jackson saves Banion from being murdered by
Woodhull.   

Plot Synopsis from afi.com
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