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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
Russell Hicks ...
Governor
Victor Kilian ...
Charlie
Minor Watson ...
Pat Grogan
George Chandler ...
Herb
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Chief Spotted Horse (as Chief Big Tree)
Chief Thundercloud ...
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:

Conquistadores  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Originally, Laird Cregar was cast in this film in an undetermined role (possibly that of Doc Murdoch), but was unable to do the film due to an unfinished other project. He was replaced by George 'Gabby' Hayes, but Hayes then became ill and was himself replaced. See more »

Goofs

One of the characters sings the song "Good Bye, Old Paint (I'm-a Leavin' Cheyenne)". The song didn't exist in the 1860's. See more »

Quotes

Richard Blake: I'd like to go with you.
Vance Shaw: Sorry, this is one job I don't trust to a tenderfoot, no matter how good he is.
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Edited into Buffalo Bill (1944) See more »

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The Little Brown Jug
(1869) (uncredited)
Written by Joseph Winner
Played in a saloon
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Interesting History Lesson
19 June 2004 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

Fritz Lang directed two great westerns: "Western Union" and "The Return of Frank James". The Frank James movie equals "Jesse James". "Western Union" is one of Randolph Scott's great westerns. I have never seen Robert Young in a western before; he is terrific as the telegraph employee. This is the only movie I can think of that is about the telegraph company opening up in the west. It is a high-geared story about the telegraph in the west, a triangle love story, and about loyalty.

The supporting cast is superb. Dean Jagger, who made a few westerns, plays the telegraph manager. Virginia Gilmore, who plays Mr. Jagger's sister, is the love interest in the movie. Ms. Gilmore had a short career in movies. She quit films in 1952 and became a drama coach. She is primarily known as the first Mrs. Yul Brynner. It is great to see Slim Summerville in a movie with Mr. Scott again. They were in two other great movies: "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm" and "Jesse James".


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