Blazing the Overland Trail

Blazing the Overland Trail (1956) is a Columbia Pictures serial directed by veteran serial specialist Spencer Gordon Bennet and produced by another serial specialist, Sam Katzman. It was the 57th and last serial produced by Columbia and the last serial ever produced by any studio (both major or minor). Republic Pictures, the only other serial-producing studio in the mid 1950s, had ceased its serial production the previous year with King of the Carnival.

Blazing the Overland Trail
Directed bySpencer Gordon Bennet
Produced bySam Katzman
Written byGeorge H. Plympton
StarringLee Roberts
Dennis Moore
Norma Brooks
Gregg Barton
Don C. Harvey
Music byMischa Bakaleinikoff
CinematographyIra H. Morgan
Edited byEarl Turner
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • August 4, 1956 (1956-08-04)
Running time
15 episodes
CountryUnited States


Rance Devlin intends to build his own empire in the American west using his Black Raiders and allied Indians to do so. Only US Army scout Tom Bridger, allied with Pony Express rider Ed Marr and U.S. Army cavalry Capt. Frank Carter, can stop him.



The film uses stock footage from Overland with Kit Carson.[1]

Chapter titles

  1. Gun Emperor of the West
  2. Riding the Danger Trail
  3. The Black Riders
  4. Into the Flames
  5. Trapped in the Runaway Wagon
  6. Rifles for Redskins
  7. Midnight Attack
  8. Blast at Gunstock Pass
  9. War at the Wagon Camp
  10. Buffalo Stampede
  11. Into the Fiery Blast
  12. Cave-in
  13. Bugle Call
  14. Blazing Peril
  15. Raiders Unmasked


See also


  1. Harmon, Jim; Donald F. Glut (1973). "12. The Westerns "Who Was That Masked Man!"". The Great Movie Serials: Their Sound and Fury. Routledge. p. 320. ISBN 978-0-7130-0097-9.
  2. Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 257. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.
Preceded by
Perils of the Wilderness (1956)
Columbia Serial
Blazing the Overland Trail (1956)
Succeeded by
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