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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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Director:
Writers:
Zane Grey (novel)
Robert Carson (screen play)
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Release Date:
21 February 1941 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A 20th Century-Fox Encore Hit !
Plot:
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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Western Union And Great Director = Western Poetry See more (29 total) »

Cast

  (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)
 
Stunts
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:
"Zane Grey's Western Union" - Australia, USA (working title)
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Runtime:
95 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:

Did You Know?

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:
Anachronisms: During the speeches before they start stringing the telegraph wires, all the flags are 48-star flags. There were only 35 states in the Union in 1861.See more »
Quotes:
Sue Creighton:You're happy, aren't you?
Richard Blake:Every man is when his dream is materialized.
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Movie Connections:
Edited into Buffalo Bill (1944)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bury Me Not on the Lone PrairieSee more »

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13 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Western Union And Great Director = Western Poetry, 18 September 2000
Author: (t.mcparland@ntlworld.com) from London K

No one ever really believed that Randolf Scott was a gun toter; he seemed too gentle for that. But the veneer of respectability he gave to his roles helped reinforce the western morality of good superceding evil. Nowhere is this poetry more evident as in Western Union [1941], directed by one of film noir's most gifted geniuses Fritz Lang, here working equally adeptly in colour. The shot of unfinished telegraph lines snaking away into twilight oblivion leaves lasting impressions.

This western prophecies the long professional relationship between producer Nat Holt and Randolf Scott which ran from 1946 and turned out cliché-westerns which weren't cliches at the time, and which, with practice improved till there was a kind of visual poetry about them. This isn't the history of Western Union, the way the western isn't the history of the old west. But it seems to relate a kind of truth, and that's what matters.

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