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Wagon Train (1940)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Drama, History  |  4 October 1940 (USA)
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Pecos businessman Matt Gardner is buying up freighters, or wagon trains of food supplies, at cheap prices through intimidation, and charging high prices by deliberately causing phony food ... See full summary »

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Zack Sibley
Ray Whitley ...
Ned
Emmett Lynn ...
Whopper
Martha O'Driscoll ...
Helen Lee
Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart ...
Coe Gardner (as Malcolm McTaggart)
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Matt Gardner
Ellen Lowe ...
Amanthy
Wade Crosby ...
O'Follard
Ethan Laidlaw ...
Henchman Pat Hays
Monte Montague ...
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Carl Stockdale ...
Luke Wilkes
Bruce Dane ...
McKenzie
Glenn Strange ...
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Pecos businessman Matt Gardner is buying up freighters, or wagon trains of food supplies, at cheap prices through intimidation, and charging high prices by deliberately causing phony food shortages at his trading posts. The only one refusing to sell his supplies is Zack Sibley, who is dead set on maintaining his freighter business as well as tracking down his father's murderer, his ex-business partner. Gardner plans on eliminating any competition Sibley presents by sending his thugs to kill him and raid his wagon train. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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He's head-man of the vital supply trains in the days when badmen plagues the plains...and a slip-up meant famine for the West's gar-flung frontiers. (original herald poster) See more »


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Trivia

British confectionery company Burtons Foods insist the movie inspired the 1948 creation of their "Wagon Wheel" - a chocolate biscuit [cookie] still in production to this day. See more »

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As Zack is chasing after the runaway wagon team through the canyon pass, the tire tracks of the camera truck can be clearly seen in the dirt. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits: "The middle of the last century witnessed small bands of courageous men leading their wagon trains across the Wilderness, carrying provisions to the people of the frontier. They died of hunger, thirst, heat and cold. Desert wastes, prairie fires, the attacks of road agents and Indians took their toll. But the freighters still rolled on - - the wheels of their wagons carving from the Trans-Missouri Wilderness a greater and stronger nation." See more »

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Farewell
(1940) (uncredited)
Written by Ray Whitley and Fred Rose
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Especially good photography for routine Western
18 August 2014 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

First of all there's a rolling Wild West context setting explanation before the picture begins and straight after that one character gives another a lengthy explanation of hero Tim Holt's past and character. After all that you don't need a crystal ball to see which way the picture will go and how it will climax and end, even down to some of the lesser details.

Baddies try to blacken Holt's good name and his food supply business, attempt to kill him and raid his wagon train to corner the market for themselves. It turns out Holt was after one of them anyway… Apart from the clumsy opening reveal it's all routine, competently handled fodder – plus a few nice songs, nice scenery nicely photographed, nice action, but you could seldom fault Holt in any of these oaters. It's an serenely enjoyable hour – if you like b Western films with a bit of atmosphere; if you know you don't and decide to watch it anyway kiss the hour goodbye!


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