Wells Fargo (1937)

Passed  |   |  History, Western  |  31 December 1937 (USA)
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The life and career of a Wells Fargo official frames this fictionalized account of the express company's formation.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ramsay MacKay
Bob Burns ...
Hank York - a Wanderer
Justine Pryor
Dal Slade
Henry O'Neill ...
Henry Wells
Mrs. Pryor
Nicholas Pryor
Talbot Carter (as John Mack Brown)
Porter Hall ...
James Oliver
Jack Clark ...
William Fargo
Clarence Kolb ...
John Butterfield
Dan Trimball - Prospector
Granville Bates ...
Bradford - Banker
Ingalls - Banker
Frank Conroy ...
Ward - Banker


The life and career of a Wells Fargo official frames this fictionalized account of the express company's formation.

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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!


History | Western


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Release Date:

31 December 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

An Empire Is Born  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


| (New York opening) (premiere)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Peggy Stewart. See more »


Hank York - a Wanderer: I've had no more luck than a duck with a doorknob.
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Where I Ain't Been Before
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Ralph Freed
Sung by Bob Burns (uncredited) and played as part of the score
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Interesting epic western that did not age.
26 August 2006 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

This is a very interesting western, more so nowadays, because it shows how a fast mail service was created in the West at the time that the only sensible way to go to California was on sailing ships passing through Panama. Surprisingly this film did not age and there are some scenes like when they show San Francisco that look incredibly real. The creation of Wells Fargo, is presented through the story of Ramsey MacKay(Joel McCrea), and Justine (Frances Dee). Their relationship gets into trouble because of Ramsay's long absences and also the civil war, where her family joins the Confederates and Ramsay is called by Lincoln to make sure the money arrives to the soldiers. Robert Cummings and Johnny McBrown are on supporting roles.

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