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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
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Sue Creighton
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Doc Murdoch
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Herman
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Homer Kettle
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Jack Slade
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Governor
Victor Kilian ...
Charlie
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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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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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

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

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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Connections

Edited into Buffalo Bill (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

The Little Brown Jug
(1869) (uncredited)
Written by Joseph Winner
Played in a saloon
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Entertaining western
13 July 2006 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Fritz Lang's "Western Union" is a entertaining movie with good heroes in Randolph Scott,the strong and silent man trying to escape his outlaw past,Robert Young as the easterner trying to conform to the code of the wild west,and Dean Jagger as the determined boss of the Western Union gang.I think the acting honors go to Dean Jagger who is very good in his part. Randolph Scott found his prototype of western hero in this movie and would play variations of that type in westerns to come for the next two decades.The movie looks very good in early Technicolor. Barton MacLane makes a good villain.I enjoyed this western much,although I consider it pretty standard stuff.


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