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Western Union -- Two outlaw brothers lock horns when one gives up his criminal ways and goes to work for Western Union, laying lines in Omaha and Salt Lake City.


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Release Date:
21 February 1941 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Young ... Richard Blake

Randolph Scott ... Vance Shaw

Dean Jagger ... Edward Creighton
Virginia Gilmore ... Sue Creighton

John Carradine ... Doc Murdoch

Slim Summerville ... Herman

Chill Wills ... Homer

Barton MacLane ... Jack Slade
Russell Hicks ... Governor
Victor Kilian ... Charlie
Minor Watson ... Pat Grogan
George Chandler ... Herb

Chief John Big Tree ... Chief Spotted Horse (as Chief Big Tree)

Chief Thundercloud ... Indian Leader
Dick Rich ... Porky
Addison Richards ... Captain Harlow
Irving Bacon ... Barber
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
C.E. Anderson ... Old Timer (uncredited)
Arthur Aylesworth ... Woody (uncredited)
Bill Beauman ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Hank Bell ... Telegraph Worker (uncredited)
Esther Brodelet ... Dancer (uncredited)
Paul E. Burns ... Stagecoach Depot Master (uncredited)
Clarence Chorre ... Indian (uncredited)
Sonny Chorre ... Indian (uncredited)
Bob Clark ... Telegraph Worker (uncredited)
Cliff Clark ... Sheriff (uncredited)
Russ Clark ... Businessman (uncredited)
Tommy Coats ... Henchman (uncredited)

Iron Eyes Cody ... Indian Who Drinks Chemical Solution (uncredited)
J.W. Cody ... Indian (uncredited)
Bahe Denetdeel ... Indian (uncredited)
Earl Dobbins ... Telegraph Worker (uncredited)
Larry Dods ... Posse Rider (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Work Seeker (uncredited)
Frank Ellis ... Camp Defender (uncredited)
John Epper ... Indian (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)
Francis Ford ... Eastbound Stagecoach Driver (uncredited)
Tom B. Forman ... Posse Rider (uncredited)
Jack Henry Fritz ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Boone Hazlett ... Indian (uncredited)
Reed Howes ... Slade Henchman #2 (uncredited)
Sid Jordan ... Posse Rider (uncredited)
Cecil Kellogg ... Henchman (uncredited)
Tom London ... Slade Henchman #3 (uncredited)
Harold A. Malendez ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Kermit Maynard ... Posse Rider (uncredited)
Frank McGrath ... Posse Rider (uncredited)

Charles Middleton ... Stagecoach Rider (uncredited)
Lucille Miller ... Dancer (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Work Seeker (uncredited)
Joe Molina ... Indian (uncredited)
Merlyn Nelson ... Posse Rider (uncredited)
Herman Nowlin ... Posse Rider (uncredited)
Steve O'Brien ... Office Boy (uncredited)
George Plues ... Stagecoach Driver (uncredited)
Clint Sharp ... Henchman (uncredited)

Jay Silverheels ... Indian (uncredited)
Joe P. Smith ... Indian (uncredited)
James P. Spencer ... Indian (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Henchman (uncredited)
Tony Urchel ... Indian (uncredited)

Eddy Waller ... Stagecoach Driver #1 (uncredited)
Ed Warren ... Henchman (uncredited)
Blackie Whiteford ... Posse Rider (uncredited)

Directed by
Fritz Lang 
Writing credits
Zane Grey (novel)

Robert Carson (screen play)

Jack Andrews  contributor to dialogue (uncredited)
George Bruce  contributing writer (uncredited)
Horace McCoy  contributor to dialogue (uncredited)

Produced by
Harry Joe Brown .... associate producer
Darryl F. Zanuck .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
David Buttolph (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Edward Cronjager (director of photography)
Allen M. Davey (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert Bischoff (film editor)
Gene Fowler Jr. (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
Albert Hogsett 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Travis Banton (costumes)
Makeup Department
Robert Cowan .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Buddy King .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Ray Lopez .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Jerry Bryan .... assistant unit manager (uncredited)
Fred Fox .... production manager (uncredited)
Robert E. Goux .... unit manager (uncredited)
William Koenig .... production manager (uncredited)
Ben Silvey .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Otto Brower .... second unit director (uncredited)
Hal Herman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Lynn Shores .... second unit director (uncredited)
Henry Weinberger .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Saul Wurtzel .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
M. Goldman .... assistant props (uncredited)
Don B. Greenwood .... props (uncredited)
Charles King .... painter (uncredited)
Max Lauer .... landscape man (uncredited)
Roy Pierce .... carpenter (uncredited)
William Sittel .... assistant props (uncredited)
Lemuel Tribe .... assistant props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bernard Freericks .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Carl Daniels .... cable person (uncredited)
Clarence Schiffer .... extra cable man (uncredited)
W.R. Snyder .... assistant sound mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
William F. Mittlestedt .... mechanical effects (uncredited)
Ben Southland .... mechanical effects (uncredited)
Yakima Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Tommy Coats .... stunts (uncredited)
John Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Sid Jordan .... stunts (uncredited)
Kermit Maynard .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank McGrath .... stunts (uncredited)
Merlyn Nelson .... stunts (uncredited)
George Plues .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe P. Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
William Cline .... camera loader (uncredited)
Nelson Cordez .... camera technician (uncredited)
Henry Cronjager Jr. .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Fred Hall .... gaffer (uncredited)
Bruce Hunsaker .... key grip (uncredited)
Harry Jackson .... process camera operator (uncredited)
Harry R. Jones .... grip (uncredited)
Joseph MacDonald .... camera operator (uncredited)
Roger Mace .... process technician (uncredited)
Joe Noecker .... camera maintenance (uncredited)
Frank Powolny .... still photographer (uncredited)
Herbert Romey .... grip (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera: Technicolor (uncredited)
Paul Uhl .... assistant camera technician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Steve Brandt .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Tommy Clark .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Robert Martien .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Marguerite Royce .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
David Buttolph .... musical director
R.H. Bassett .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor director
Morgan Padelford .... associate technicolor director
Harry Brand .... publicity director (uncredited)
Russel Crane .... animal wrangler (uncredited)
Henry Fonda .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Gordon Gordon .... publicist (uncredited)
Fay Hamblin .... riding instructor: Robert Young (uncredited)
Stanley Scheuer .... script clerk (uncredited)
Art Wright .... stageman (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
95 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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 »
Factual errors: During one of the scenes in the then (referring to the time period of the story) non-existent town of North Platte, an Army officer refers to a Fort "Kerny." The fort, and the subsequent town, are pronounced "Karney."See more »
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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Movie Connections:
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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
pretty good western, 29 November 2005
Author: KyleFurr2 from United States

Hard to believe this was directed by Fritz Lang since he mostly directed crime dramas and mysteries. This movie has a cast that includes Robert Young, Randolph Scott, Dean Jagger and John Carradine. Scott plays an outlaw who tries to go straight and leave his old gang and winds up saving Jagger's life. Jagger works for Western Union, a telegraph company that plans to have telegraphs out west. Jagger hires a lot of men to make sure it is done because they have to worry about Indian attacks and bandits. Scott is in charge of the men and Young is a telegraph expert who can't shoot a gun but can ride. Scott meets up with his old gang who want to stop them but Scott can't tell anyone. It's a pretty good western and Lang should of directed some more westerns.

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