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Wells Fargo (1937)

Passed  |   |  History, Western  |  31 December 1937 (USA)
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Ramsay MacKay
Bob Burns ...
Hank York - a Wanderer
Frances Dee ...
Justine Pryor
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Dal Slade
Henry O'Neill ...
Henry Wells
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Mrs. Pryor
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Nicholas Pryor
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Talbot Carter (as John Mack Brown)
Porter Hall ...
James Oliver
Jack Clark ...
William Fargo
Clarence Kolb ...
John Butterfield
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Dan Trimball - Prospector
Granville Bates ...
Bradford - Banker
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Ingalls - Banker
Frank Conroy ...
Ward - Banker
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TOGETHER THEY BUILD A CONTINENT! He lives the magnificent adventure that saves a country and she shares the adventures of the man she loves!

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History | Western

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Release Date:

31 December 1937 (USA)  »

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An Empire Is Born  »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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| (New York opening) (premiere)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Paramount claimed the set to recreate San Francisco's Portsmouth Square was the largest ever built. Seven acres of a hilltop were leveled and graded, and 32 buildings were erected. See more »

Quotes

Hank York - a Wanderer: I've had no more luck than a duck with a doorknob.
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Soundtracks

Where I Ain't Been Before
(1937)
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Ralph Freed
Sung by Bob Burns (uncredited) and played as part of the score
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Earnest saga of famed courier service, opening the West.

This is one of those history lesson films that tell us an interesting story about the expansion of this country, the failure of the US Post Office to meet the demands for communication in the rapidly expanding country of the 1840s and of the rise of the famed courier service, sort of a modern UPS. Joel McCrea plays one of the early riders, who becomes a stalwart supporter and defender of the rapid expansion theories and in the course of his dedication and absence from home, loses his marriage, redeemed only in the last reel. It's a very interesting film, well done and well played. It received an Oscar nom for Sound, but did not deserve it - instead it did deserve a nod in the Art Direction category, but failed to get it. Most available prints are the 97 minute edited versions - original release was 20 minutes longer. Certainly a good solid film and worthy of a look.


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