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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)
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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)
 
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Additional Details

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Runtime:
95 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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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:
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:
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:
Gwine to Rune All NightSee more »

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
The telegraph, the tenderfoot and the man of the west, 4 July 2006
Author: tmwest from S. Paulo, Brazil

Now we use the internet and cell phones, but in 1941 when this film was released people still depended on the telegraph. Western Union tells the story of the people who were bringing the telegraph to the west. They all knew the Morse Code and we even learn that the word O.K. originated from them. Robert Young is the tenderfoot and Randolph Scott the tough man of the west. They both fall in love with Virginia Gilmore, the sister of the boss, Dean Jaggger. Scott is a former outlaw who is working for the company and has an inner conflict between his friendship to his old pals and his loyalty to Jagger. The same plot showed up in another Scott movie, Santa Fe. Fritz Lang did two unconventional westerns "The Return of Frank James" and "Rancho Notorious" but this western which can be considered conventional is the best of the three. The first scene, with Scott running away from a posse and passing through a herd of buffaloes is spectacular. The shootout at the end is very impressive. This film did not age, specially if you compare it with other westerns Scott made in those years.

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