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Western Union (1941)

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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, called 'Cookie'
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Homer Kettle
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Jack Slade
Russell Hicks ...
Provisional Governor, Territory of Nebraska
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:

Western Union  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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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

When Creighton leaves on the stage after his accident, his left ankle is bandaged and he is favoring his left foot. When we later see him walk with a cane, he is favoring his right foot. 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 »

Soundtracks

Gwine to Rune All Night
("De Camptown Races") (1850)
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Foster
Played as background music for the first scene in Omaha, Nebraska
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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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