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Wells Fargo (1937)

Passed | | History, Western | 31 December 1937 (USA)
The life and career of a Wells Fargo official frames this fictionalized account of the express company's formation.

Director:

Frank Lloyd

Writers:

Paul Schofield (screen play), Gerald Geraghty (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joel McCrea ... Ramsay MacKay
Bob Burns ... Hank York - a Wanderer
Frances Dee ... Justine Pryor
Lloyd Nolan ... Dal Slade
Henry O'Neill ... Henry Wells
Mary Nash ... Mrs. Pryor
Ralph Morgan ... Nicholas Pryor
Johnny Mack Brown ... Talbot Carter (as John Mack Brown)
Porter Hall ... James Oliver
Jack Clark Jack Clark ... William Fargo
Clarence Kolb ... John Butterfield
Robert Cummings ... Dan Trimball - Prospector
Granville Bates ... Bradford - Banker
Harry Davenport ... Ingalls - Banker
Frank Conroy ... Ward - Banker
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The life and career of a Wells Fargo official frames this fictionalized account of the express company's formation.

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Taglines:

TOGETHER THEY BUILD A CONTINENT! He lives the magnificent adventure that saves a country and she shares the adventures of the man she loves!

Genres:

History | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 December 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

An Empire Is Born See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (New York opening) (premiere)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Paramount claimed the set to recreate San Francisco's Portsmouth Square was the largest ever built. Seven acres of a hilltop were leveled and graded, and 32 buildings were erected. See more »

Quotes

Hank York - a Wanderer: I've had no more luck than a duck with a doorknob.
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Soundtracks

Where I Ain't Been Before
(1937)
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Ralph Freed
Sung by Bob Burns (uncredited) and played as part of the score
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Extremely episodic and disjoint.
30 January 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film is a very fictionalized account of the early days of Wells Fargo---long before it metastasized into the gigantic mega-bank that charges innumerable service fees like it does today. However, instead of focusing on the big-wigs at the company, it focuses on a fictional man, Ramsay (Joel McCrea) and his many difficulties he had establishing banking, transportation and mail services in the wild west. It also focuses on his marriage--one that eventually became very rocky and problematic.

The problem with this film is that it is extremely episodic--with giant jumps in time here and there. As a result, it comes off more like a Cliff Notes version of a story instead of a rich and complete on. Compacting the story much more would have helped immensely, as the characters come off as very stiff and distant to the audience. Not a bad film but one that really should have been a lot better considering the large budget and cast. More money should have been spent on the script and less on extras and sets.


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