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Western Union (1941)

Approved | | History, Western | 21 February 1941 (USA)
When Edward Creighton leads the construction of the Western Union to unite East with West, he hires a Western reformed outlaw and a tenderfoot Eastern surveyor.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Richard Blake
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Vance Shaw
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Edward Creighton
Virginia Gilmore ...
Sue Creighton
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Doc Murdoch
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Herman
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Homer
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Jack Slade
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Governor
Victor Kilian ...
Charlie
Minor Watson ...
Pat Grogan
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Herb
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Chief Spotted Horse (as Chief Big Tree)
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Indian Leader
Dick Rich ...
Porky
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Storyline

Vance Shaw gives up outlawing and goes to work for the telegraph company; his brother Jack Slade leads outlaws trying to prevent the company connecting the line between Omaha and Salt Lake City. Lots of Indian fighting and gunplay. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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History | Western

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Release Date:

21 February 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Zane Grey's Western Union  »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Studio publicity noted that Fox contract star Henry Fonda had served as technical adviser on the film, due to his experience as a young man working as a lineman. Fonda's "technical advisory" capacity was most certainly a publicity fiction, and in any event Fonda was not credited on the film itself. See more »

Goofs

The Jack Slade character refers to "General Mosby." Mosby reached the rank of colonel, and fought in Virginia, not Missouri or the Nebraska Territory. See more »

Quotes

Jack Slade: Suppose I don't let you go?
Vance Shaw: Why don't you stop me?
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Connections

Edited into Buffalo Bill (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie
(uncredited)
Cowboy folk song
Integrated throughout soundtrack
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Fritz Lang's masterpiece that John Ford would love!
20 August 2003 | by (working in Movieland) – See all my reviews

I wanted to see this film because my grandfather acted in it. His name is James Spencer. I was in store for other treats in this film. It was awe inspiring to see the scenic vistas that shooting on location brought to this film. I was reminded of John Ford's western films. The acting and characters were very watchable and fun. The film was peppered with the fantastic and not seen lately character acting talents of many contract players of the 30's. A great treat for the eyes and mind.


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