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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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Victor Kilian ...
Pat Grogan
Chief Spotted Horse (as Chief Big Tree)
Dick Rich ...


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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Release Date:

21 February 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Zane Grey's Western Union  »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Doc Murdoch: Feels like you got a slug there, pardner. A .44?
Charlie: Injun arrowhead. It don't bother me none.
Doc Murdoch: You know, some members of the medical profession like to cut them things out. But I say, let 'em stay if it's that comfortable.
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Edited into Buffalo Bill (1944) See more »


The Little Brown Jug
(1869) (uncredited)
Written by Joseph Winner
Played in a saloon
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27 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

A good part of this movie was shot on location in southern Utah. When Fritz Lang arrived and saw the local Indians who were hired for the movie they were short stocky built people like many of the tribes in the southwestern area of the United States. This did not meet Langs idyllic picture of the tall thin and muscular Indian he had cultivated while he was still in Europe where he was already fascinated with the American west and its's western films. He promptly fired all of the local tribes people and had extras sent from central casting in Hollywood, most of whom were Anglo, to meet his view of Native Americans.

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