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Western Union (1941)

Approved  |   |  History, Western  |  21 February 1941 (USA)
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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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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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Trivia

Studio publicity noted that Fox contract star Henry Fonda had served as technical adviser on the film, due to his experience as a young man working as a lineman. Fonda's "technical advisory" capacity was most certainly a publicity fiction, and in any event Fonda was not credited on the film itself. See more »

Goofs

Most of this movie takes place in Nebraska. Nebraska is not sagebrush country, except for a VERY small piece of Deuel County, near the Colorado border. 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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Soundtracks

Gwine to Rune All Night
("De Camptown Races") (1850) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Foster
Played as background music for the first scene in Omaha, Nebraska
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Mistakes Cannot Always Be Corrected
23 January 2008 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

While escaping from a heist of a bank, the outlaw Vance Shaw (Randolph Scott) helps Edward Creighton (Dean Jagger), the chief-engineer of the Western Union that is surveying the Wild West and had had an accident with a horse. In 1861, Vance regenerates and is hired to work for the Western Union with the team that is installing the poles and cable from Omaha to Salt Lake City. Vance and the engineer from Harvard Richard Blake (Robert Young) flirt with the gorgeous Edward's sister Sue Creighton (Virginia Gilmore) and she chooses Vance. However, his past haunts him when the outlaw Jack Slade (Barton MacLane) steals the Western Union cattle disguised of Indians.

"Western Union" is a good but predictable western directed by Fritz Lang. The story shows the difficulties of the brave and idealistic men responsible for installing the telegraph through the West, facing thieves and Indians. The entertaining story has action, drama, romance and funny situations, but with the exception of the identity of Jack Slade, there is no surprise in the story. Randolph Scott gives another magnificent performance with a great cast. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Os Conquistadores" ("The Conquerors")


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