Apache Trail (film)

This article is about the 1942 Western film. For stagecoach trail in Arizona, see Apache Trail.
Apache Trail

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Richard Thorpe
Produced by Samuel Marx
Screenplay by Maurice Geraghty
Story by Ernest Haycox
Starring Lloyd Nolan
Donna Reed
William Lundigan
Ann Ayars
Connie Gilchrist
Chill Wills
Music by Sol Kaplan
Cinematography Sidney Wagner
Edited by Frank Sullivan
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • June 24, 1942 (1942-06-24)
Running time
66 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Apache Trail is a 1942 American Western film directed by Richard Thorpe, written by Maurice Geraghty, and starring Lloyd Nolan, Donna Reed, William Lundigan, Ann Ayars, Connie Gilchrist, and Chill Wills. The picture was released on June 24, 1942, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.[1][2]


Tom Folliard (William Lundigan) is released from jail and seeks work at his prior employer, a stagecoach line. He is sent to manage a stagecoach rest stop in a remote area. Upon arrival, he meets a woman, Señora Martinez (Connie Gilchrist) and her daughter Rosalia (Donna Reed) who cook and clean at the rest stop. When the next stage arrives, among its cargo is a strong box with cash. Soon after, Folliard's brother "Trigger" Bill Folliard (Lloyd Nolan), a known outlaw arrives and seeks shelter from the local Apaches, whom he has offended. Upon his discovery that a strong box is present, he plans to steal it and make a getaway. During Tom Folliard's absence from the rest stop, Trigger Bill gets the upper hand on the stagecoach line employees watching him and tries to escape with the proceeds but is thwarted by his brother's arrival back at the rest stop. Soon thereafter, the Apaches attack the rest stop but are repulsed. They demand Trigger Bill and in return they will leave the rest stop alone. A vote is taken by all those in the rest stop with Tom casting the deciding vote to not give his brother to the Apaches. During the next attack Bill, previously expertly shot through both hands by his brother, elects in noble fashion to sacrifice himself to save the others by riding away from the rest stop. Meanwhile, Tom, after a brief flirtation with one of the stagecoach passengers, Constance Selden (Ann Ayars), tells Señora Martinez that he would like to court her daughter.



  1. "Apache Trail (1942) - Overview - TCM.com". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  2. "Apache Trail". TV Guide. Retrieved 29 November 2014.

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