Wagon Wheels West (1943)

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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 ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
U.S. Marshal Frankie Wilson
Jan Colburn
Phineas Hook
Addison Richards ...
Frank Wilson Sr. (edited from "Song of the Saddle") (archive footage)
Lou Marcelle ...
Narrator (voice)


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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Western | Short






Release Date:

30 October 1943 (USA)  »

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

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reel #A1147 See more »


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


Oh! Susanna
Written by Stephen Foster
Played during the telegraph sequence
Also played at the barn dance
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Well Told Western Tale
31 July 2002 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A Warner Brothers Short Subject.

At Hooksville - the last town on the route West - an evil banker engages in robbery & murder to prey upon unsuspecting travelers.

WAGON WHEELS WEST is a dandy little Western, with good performances and plenty of action packed into its few minutes. As always, Charles Middleton makes a thoroughly despicable villain. Robert Shayne is fine as the grim faced hero; Nina Foch has a tiny role playing the pretty rancher's daughter who catches his eye.

Often overlooked or neglected today, the one and two-reel short subjects were useful to the Studios as important training grounds for new or burgeoning talents, both in front & behind the camera. The dynamics for creating a successful short subject was completely different from that of a feature length film, something akin to writing a topnotch short story rather than a novel. Economical to produce in terms of both budget & schedule and capable of portraying a wide range of material, short subjects were the perfect complement to the Studios' feature films.

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