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Overland Mail (1942)

Approved | | Adventure, Western | 22 September 1942 (USA)
Two investigators for a stagecoach company are assigned to find out why the company's stages keep being ambushed. They discover that the culprits are white men disguised as Indians, and they set out to discover who is behind the plot.

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Jim Lane
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Barbara Gilbert
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Sierra Pete
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Buckskin Billy Burke
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Frank Chadwick (as Noah Beery Sr.)
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Tom Gilbert
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Puma - Henchman
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Charles Darson
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Sam Gregg - Henchman
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Rose - the Waitress [Chs. 1, 8]
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Lamont [Chs. 7-8]
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Slade - Hired Gunman [Chs. 8-9]
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Mack - Henchman (as Roy Harris)
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Lem - Henchman
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Government agents Jim Lane and Sierra Pete are sent to investigate the breakdown of the U.S. Mail delivery in the La Paz country, which is carried by the Overland Company operated by Tom Gilbert and his daughter Barbara. Aided by their friend, Buckskin Bill Burke, they discover that Frank Chadwick, using white renegades disguised as Indians, is behind the trouble as he wants the mail franchise owned by Gilbert's stage line. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Fists crash! Six-guns blaze -- as reckless riders blast redskins and renegades on the blood-red trail of the mail! See more »

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Adventure | Western

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22 September 1942 (USA)  »

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Daimones tis Dyseos  »

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(15 episodes)

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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CHAPTER TITLES: 1: A Race With Disaster (#7607), 2: Flaming Havoc (#7608), 3: The Menacing Hero (#7609), 4: The Bridge Of Disaster (#7610), 5: Hurling To The Depths (#7611), 6: Death At The Stake (#7612), 7: The Path Of Peril (#7613), 8: Imprisoned In Flames (#7614), 9: HIdden Danger (#7615), 10: Blazing Wagons (#7616), 11: The Trail Of Terror (#7617), 12: In The Claws Of The Cougar (#7618), 13: The Frenzied Mob (#7619), 14. The Toll Of Treachery (#7620), 15: The Mail Goes Through (#7621) See more »

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Solid western serial hits all the right notes
24 June 2008 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Solid western serial stars Lon Chaney and Noah Beery Jr as trouble shooters hired by the military to find out who is trying to stop the mail from going through. Filled with breezy action and good characters this is everything you typically think of as a serial, actually to the point that it seems formulaic. Don't let that fool you this is a nifty little action film (granted an almost five hour one). There are all the usual cliffhangers and for the most part it plays pretty fair with its resolutions. This is one of the rare Universal serials thats 15 chapters (Universal tended to release chapter plays that ran 13 episodes, I'm guessing so that it could release four a year and have one new chapter for every week of the year). Despite being longer than normal the film feels to be the right length (many 15 chapter stories tend to be bloated). Definitely worth a look especially if you like good western action. (An interesting note is that Noah Beery Sr plays one of the key bad guys while his son is the hero's sidekick)


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