Santa Fe Trail (1940) - Rotten Tomatoes

Santa Fe Trail (1940)




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This western is a simplistic retelling of the John Brown legend. The events leading up to the bloody confrontation between Brown and the US Army at Harper's Ferry, Virginia, are treated in an even-handed fashion: Brown's desire to free the slaves is "right," but his methods are "wrong."

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Errol Flynn
as Jeb Stuart
Olivia de Havilland
as "Kit Carson" Holliday
Raymond Massey
as John Brown
Ronald Reagan
as George Custer
Alan Hale
as Barefoot Brody
Henry O'Neill
as Cyrus Holliday
William Lundigan
as Bob Holliday
John Litel
as Harlan
Gene Reynolds
as Jason Brown
Alan Baxter
as Oliver Brown
Moroni Olsen
as Robert E. Lee
Erville Alderson
as Jefferson Davis
Susan Peters
as Charlotte Davis
Charles D. Brown
as Maj. Sumner
David Bruce
as Phil Sheridan
Frank Wilcox
as James Longstreet
William Marshall
as George Pickett
George Haywood
as John Hood
Russell Simpson
as Shubel Morgan
Joe Sawyer
as Kitzmiller
Hobart Cavanaugh
as Barber Doyle
Ward Bond
as Townley
Russell Hicks
as J. Boyce Russell
Cliff Clark
as Instructor
Harry Strang
as Sergeant
Emmett Vogan
as Lieutenant
Roy Barcroft
as Engineer
Frank Mayo
as Engineer
Grace Stafford
as Farmer's Wife
Lane Chandler
as Adjutant
Richard Kipling
as Army Doctor
Henry Hall
as Abolitionist
Jack Mower
as Surveyor
Nestor Paiva
as Agitator
Harry Cording
as Burned Out Townsman
Georgia Caine
as Officer's Wife
Victor Kilian
as Dispatch Rider
Creighton Hale
as Telegraph Operator
Alec Proper
as Townsman
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Critic Reviews for Santa Fe Trail

All Critics (8)

Disregarding the film's egregious reframing of history, Santa Fe Trail is one of Curtiz's blandest and most pedestrian films - competently structured but otherwise unremarkable considering the high points of his career.

November 29, 2021 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

What really sinks this one is its standing as a racist document only slightly less offensive than D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation.

October 2, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The film is notable because it presents a character and an episode of the American life that is still unknown for many. [Full review in Spanish]

September 16, 2019 | Full Review…

An enormously interesting movie due to the realism with which it was directed and acted. [Full Review in Spanish]

September 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Racist and reactionary tripe whose closest relative is "Gone with the Wind".

April 10, 2012 | Full Review…

Rousing John Brown story is really worth it with Reagan and Flynn.

October 14, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Santa Fe Trail

Semi fictional account of Bleeding Kansas and the pursuit of John Brown is skilled filmmaking but useless as any kind of historical document. Still for fans of Flynn and the Warner stock company an enjoyable enterprise. Olivia's part is negilible, as far as her films with Errol go she's seen to much better advantage in Dodge City.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

along w/ the always magnetic flynn and de havilland pairing, and costarring an unforgettable ex-president, this curious pre-ww2 piece about the pre-civil war (or "the wo-ah between the states!" as granny clampett used to quip) days is curiously and definitively southern in politics, altho that in no way detracts from the stirring action. max steiner contributes a rousing score, but raymond massey's john brown is the hot engine that drives this car.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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