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)
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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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21 February 1941 (USA)  »

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Conquistadores  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

In the opening sequence, Vance Shaw escapes a posse by riding through a herd of grazing wild buffalo. But in close-ups of the beasts, cowboys herding them can be seen in the background, despite no such cowhands in the establishing long shots of the herd. See more »

Quotes

Vance Shaw: He says you come in peace today, but there won't be any peace if you try to take the singing wire through the Oglala nation.
Edward Creighton: Well, tell him that the Great White Father who speaks with lightning over the singing wire is sorry for the wounding of his Indian son; but the lightning talk is strong medicine and it must go through.
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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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At the very top of my favorite westerns.
24 June 2007 | by (Huntington, WV) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film in the theater way back in the 40s when I was a kid and always remembered the ending. There is nothing like the first impression but some movies are always a treat each time they are viewed. Something just resonates with them. This is one of those films and I agree with another reviewer who said Fritz Lang should have directed more westerns. To add to it I have always liked Randolph Scott and Robert Young. In fact, Robert Young stars in what I consider my favorite movie if I have to name just one, not an easy thing to do. That film is Northwest Passage. It led me to the superb historical novels of Kenneth Roberts. Western Union likewise led me to reading Zane Grey's novel which, in this case turned out to be one of those rare cases where I like the movie better than the novel. Not that Grey's novel is a bad one; I just like the movie story better. The movie in no way resembles the novel. It is a completely different tale, one of the biggest departures from a book I have seen.

I can't add much to the other reviews except to say I agree with many of them. I, too, wish it would be released on DVD. "Whatever happened to Randolph Scott happened to the best of me."


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