SANTA FE TRAIL is a western dealing with the pre-Civil War period of Kansas and John Brown's raids. It depicts the battle of Fort Leavenworth, aka "bloody Kansas," during the days leading up to the civil war. Calvary officers are given the duty of capturing abolitionist John Brown (Raymond Massey) and his crew. Errol Flynn plays West Point cadet J. E. B. Stuart, the man assigned to the dangerous mission, along with George Armtrong Custer (Ronald Reagan), and four other friends who also just graduated from West Point.
Errol Flynn, Ronald Reagan and Olivia de Havilland star in this lofty western about the Cavalry officers responsible for capturing abolitionist John Brown. As a penalty for fighting fellow classmates days before graduating from West Point, J.E.B. Stuart, George Armstrong Custer and four friends are given a dangerous assignment. They're being sent to Fort Leavenworth (a.k.a "bloody Kansas territory"), where abolitionist John Brown and his posse of sharp-shooting crusaders have camped out. These well-schooled Calvary officers will play a drawn-out game of cat-and-mouse with Brown's brigade -- but the battle at Harper's Ferry is sure to be John Brown's last.