Cinema: The New Pictures: Dec. 23, 1940

Santa Fe Trail (Warner) is one of those vast panoramas of an epoch on whose details Hollywood cameras love to dwell. It begins in 1854 with graduation ceremonies at West Point, shows Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis addressing the graduating class. Then it moves west, watches seven of the Class of 1854 patrolling the vast reaches of the frontier from their post at Fort Leavenworth, Kans. Among the seven are George Custer (Ronald Reagan), Phil Sheridan, James Longstreet. George Pickett and J. E. B. Stuart (Enrol Flynn), a handsome lad from Virginia.

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