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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Cody [Chs.1,14]
Frank Chadwick (as Noah Beery Sr.)
Charles Darson
Rose - the Waitress [Chs. 1, 8]
Lamont [Chs. 7-8]
Slade - Hired Gunman [Chs. 8-9]
Mack - Henchman (as Roy Harris)


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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15 Chapters of Thundering Thrills! (original print ads-all caps) See more »


Adventure | Western


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Release Date:

22 September 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Daimones tis Dyseos  »

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Technical Specs


(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Edited from The Oregon Trail (1939) See more »

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Solid western serial hits all the right notes
24 June 2008 | by 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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