As a boy, Frankie Wilson witnesses his father's murder, which was ordered by general store owner Phineas Hook. He vows to return as a man and bring the murderers to justice. Years later he ... See full summary »

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U.S. Marshal Frankie Wilson
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Jan Colburn
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Phineas Hook
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Frank Wilson Sr. (edited from "Song of the Saddle") (archive footage)
Lou Marcelle ...
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As a boy, Frankie Wilson witnesses his father's murder, which was ordered by general store owner Phineas Hook. He vows to return as a man and bring the murderers to justice. Years later he comes back as a deputy U.S. marshal. He enlists the help of Jan Colburn, a childhood friend, to help him trap Hook, who is now the town banker. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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30 October 1943 (USA)  »

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Classics of the Screen (1950-1951 season) #1: Wagon Wheels West  »

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Second episode in Warner Bros. Santa Fe Trail 2-reel Western series See more »

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Version of Song of the Saddle (1936) See more »

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Arkansas Traveler
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Music by Sanford Faulkner
Played at the barn dance
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Standard western elements are all present in this short subject...
16 January 2009 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

There's nothing the least bit new or inventive in WAGON WHEELS WEST. It's the kind of routine western fare that I avoided when I was a kid and it fares no better today.

Travelers en route to California are preyed upon by baddies who want to rob them of their money. As their horse and wagon goes on its way, they're pursued, the father (ADDISON RICHARDS) is killed and his boy survives the attack by rolling down an embankment and hiding out.

The tale picks up with the boy as the man (ROBERT SHAYNE) who gets a chance to play hero and take care of the villains.

It ends with a barn dance celebration after a brief scene showing Shayne with NINA FOCH--who has only a tiny role in this western short.

Nothing special here--very routine and easily skipped. Some stock footage from old Warner Bros. films is used as filler.


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