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Director:
Writers:
Zane Grey (novel)
Robert Carson (screenplay)
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Release Date:
21 February 1941 (USA) See more »
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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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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, called 'Cookie'

Chill Wills ... Homer Kettle

Barton MacLane ... Jack Slade
Russell Hicks ... Provisional Governor, Territory of Nebraska
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 ... Capt. Harlow
Irving Bacon ... Joe the 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 (screenplay)

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 
Gene Fowler Jr. (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
Albert Hogsett 
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
 
Costume Design by
Travis Banton 
 
Makeup Department
Robert Cowan .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Buddy King .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Ray Lopez .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Ben Silvey .... unit manager
Jerry Bryan .... assistant unit manager (uncredited)
Fred Fox .... production manager (uncredited)
Robert E. Goux .... unit manager (uncredited)
William Koenig .... production 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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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)
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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:
Revealing mistakes: In the opening sequence, Vance Shaw escapes a posse by riding through a herd of grazing wild buffalo. But in close-ups of the beasts, cowboys herding them can be seen in the background, despite no such cowhands in the establishing long shots of the herd.See more »
Quotes:
[on the whereabouts of a recently deceased railroad worker]
Charlie:He's being slapped with a spade right now.
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Movie Connections:
Edited into Buffalo Bill (1944)See more »
Soundtrack:
Gwine to Rune All NightSee more »

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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Mistakes Cannot Always Be Corrected, 23 January 2008
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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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