The Long, Long Trail

Release date:1929

Location(s):
  • Salinas

Description:

Hoot Gibson, Sally Eilers and Walter Brennan; directed by Arthur Rosson and produced by Hoot Gibson; Universal; Western melodrama about a playful cowboy who saves a damsel from quicksand, wins a horse race at the rodeo, captures the bad guys and ends up with his true love; a remake of the 1923 "The Ramblin' Kid," from a novel by the same name; Hoot Gibson's first talking picture (and an interesting look at early sound films); theater ads proclaimed: "Here's Hoot riding his wildest, fighting his hardest, loving his grandest;" Sally Eilers, who appeared in films from 1927 to 1951, was Gibson's wife from 1930 to 1933; for Walter Brennan, who was to go on to win three Academy Awards, this was his third year in films and his sixth movie at the age of 35; scenes filmed at the 18th annual California Rodeo in Salinas July 17-21, 1929, with big crowd scenes and rodeo action that figure prominently in the plot; filmmakers were in Salinas for an entire week; Gibson had told rodeo officials that he needed to film on location at some rodeo somewhere and he preferred the California Rodeo in Salinas, but he said he would come to Salinas only if he could have the movie rights to the rodeo (rodeo officials said he could have whatever rights he wanted and were excited about having him there and the prospect of local people being in the film; this was the first all-talking sound feature shown at the old Crystal Theatre in Salinas on Jan. 2, 1930.