To investigate a gold-shipping scam, a postal inspector goes undercover and tries to infiltrate the gang he believes is responsible.



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Complete credited cast:
Caroline McKay
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
J. Horatio Boggs
Dude Elliot
Charlie Lait
Bill Hoagland
Henchman Pete
Henchman Dolan
Pals of the Golden West ...


Through the death of her father, Caroline McKay comes into ownership of the McKay Stage Line, running between Prescott and Chino, Arizona. She is unaware that her uncle, Charles Lait, who runs the line for her, is secretly plotting with Dude Elliott to force her to sell out at a low figure. Elliott henchman Pete Branagan, while Caroline is a passenger, holds up the stage and attempts to take the mail, but the hold-up is foiled when Dan Clark, a postal inspector on the way to Chino, rides up and drives off the bandit. Caroline offers Dan a job as a driver, not knowing his real job, and he accepts so he can investigate the situation. Dan induces the miners to send their gold to Prescott as mail shipments via the stage. Knowing that a successful robbery will lose the mail contract for the McKay line, Elliott plans to have Lait rob the safe that night. Elliott comes to the office, gets the gold from the safe and ties up Lait to make it look convincing, and has the stage barn and stables ... Written by Les Adams <>

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MAIL ROBBERS ON THE RAMPAGE! (original ad - all caps) See more »




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Release Date:

26 July 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Den stora diligensjakten  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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[commenting on Caroline's half-burned stagecoach, which has been "repaired" with oilskin and wallpaper]
Dude Elliott: If you see that patchwork on the road, don't let it pass you - it might scare the horses.
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Riding on the Stage to Chino
Music and lyrics by Fleming Allen
Played and sung by the Pals of the Golden West during the opening credits
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Undercover with the Postal Service..........
6 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

George O'Brien was a mainstay of several decades of westerns, beginning in the silent era. The barrel-chested Irishman was a favorite of John Ford and appeared in several John Wayne films .

This pre-war western features O'Brien as an undercover Postal Inspector involved in a seedy fight over a Postal contract. O'Brien gets to the bottom of the shady dealings and puts an end to the nefarious scheme.The villains are suitably mean-spirited and menacing .....

The acting, script and direction in this film are typical of similar films of the era. This movie remains popular with western fans and is often shown on Cable TV. O'Brien does a good job in this one, demonstrating a tough likability that fits well with the character.

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