Westward Ho The Wagons 

Last Updated on: January 20th, 2024

Westward Ho The Wagons (1956 Movie)

“Westward Ho, the Wagons!” is a 1956 Disney adventure film directed by William Beaudine. Set in the 1840s during the westward expansion of the United States, the movie follows a group of pioneers on their journey along the Oregon Trail.

The story centers around a wagon train led by a seasoned scout named James Stephen (played by Fess Parker). The pioneers face various challenges, including encounters with Native American tribes, rough terrain, and adverse weather conditions. As they progress through their arduous journey, they learn the importance of unity, cooperation, and perseverance.

Amid the trials and tribulations, the group befriends a Shoshone Indian boy named Little Thunder (played by Kevin Corcoran), who joins them in their adventure. The film portrays themes of friendship, understanding, and mutual respect between different cultures.

“Westward Ho, the Wagons!” presents a family-friendly and historically inspired tale that captures the spirit of America’s westward expansion. While the movie is a fictional story, it reflects the challenges and triumphs faced by pioneers during this significant period in American history.

The film was well-received upon its release and remains a classic Disney adventure with its heartwarming portrayal of the pioneer spirit and the enduring human quest for a better life on the frontier.

Additional Details

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  • Year Released: 1956
  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $2.75 million
  • IMDB Link


  • Fess Parker: John ‘Doc’ Grayson
  • Kathleen Crowley: Laura Thompson
  • Jeff York: Hank Breckenridge
  • David Stollery: Dan Thompson
  • Sebastian Cabot: Bissonette
  • George Reeves: James Stephen
  • Doreen Tracey: Bobo Stephen
  • Barbara Woodell: Mrs. Stephen
  • John War Eagle: Wolf’s Brother
  • Cubby O’Brien: Jerry Stephen
  • Tommy Cole: Jim Stephen
  • Leslie Bradley: Spencer Armitage
  • Morgan Woodward: Obie Foster
  • Iron Eyes Cody: Many Stars
  • Anthony Numkena: Little Thunder
  • Karen Pendleton: Myra Thompson
  • Jane Liddell: Ruth Benjamin
  • Jon Locke: Ed Benjamin


  • Director: William Beaudine
  • Producer: Bill Walsh
  • Writer: Tom Blackburn
  • Music: George Bruns

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