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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ramsay MacKay
... Hank York - a Wanderer
... Justine Pryor
... Dal Slade
... Henry Wells
... Mrs. Pryor
... Nicholas Pryor
... Talbot Carter (as John Mack Brown)
... James Oliver
Jack Clark ... William Fargo
... John Butterfield
... Dan Trimball - Prospector
... Bradford - Banker
... Ingalls - Banker
... 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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TOGETHER THEY BUILD A CONTINENT! He lives the magnificent adventure that saves a country and she shares the adventures of the man she loves!

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History | Western

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31 December 1937 (USA)  »

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An Empire Is Born  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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| (New York opening) (premiere)

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. It was released on DVD 24 November 2015 as part of the Universal Vault Series. 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 See 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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