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Wagon Train (1940)

Pecos businessman Matt Gardner is buying up freighters, or wagon trains of food supplies, at cheap prices through intimidation, and charging high prices by deliberately causing phony food ... See full summary »

Director:

Edward Killy

Writers:

Morton Grant (screen play), Bernard McConville (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tim Holt ... Zack Sibley
Ray Whitley ... Ned
Emmett Lynn ... Whopper
Martha O'Driscoll ... Helen Lee
Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart ... Coe Gardner (as Malcolm McTaggart)
Cliff Clark ... Matt Gardner
Ellen Lowe Ellen Lowe ... Amanthy
Wade Crosby ... O'Follard
Ethan Laidlaw ... Pat Hays - Henchman
Monte Montague ... Kurt - Henchman
Carl Stockdale ... Luke Wilkes
Bruce Dane Bruce Dane ... McKenzie
Glenn Strange ... Stagecoach Driver
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Storyline

Pecos businessman Matt Gardner is buying up freighters, or wagon trains of food supplies, at cheap prices through intimidation, and charging high prices by deliberately causing phony food shortages at his trading posts. The only one refusing to sell his supplies is Zack Sibley, who is dead set on maintaining his freighter business as well as tracking down his father's murderer, his ex-business partner. Gardner plans on eliminating any competition Sibley presents by sending his thugs to kill him and raid his wagon train. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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A NEW HAND RIDES THE RANGE ! (original poster) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dödspasset See more »

Filming Locations:

Kanab, Utah, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Fargo Kid (1940) was shot simultaneously with this movie. See more »

Goofs

As Zack is chasing after the runaway wagon team through the canyon pass, the tire tracks of the camera truck can be clearly seen in the dirt. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits: "The middle of the last century witnessed small bands of courageous men leading their wagon trains across the Wilderness, carrying provisions to the people of the frontier. They died of hunger, thirst, heat and cold. Desert wastes, prairie fires, the attacks of road agents and Indians took their toll. But the freighters still rolled on - - the wheels of their wagons carving from the Trans-Missouri Wilderness a greater and stronger nation." See more »

Connections

Referenced in What to Do on a Date (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

A Girl Just Like You
(1940) (uncredited)
Written by Ray Whitley and Fred Rose
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Worthwhile western production
10 November 2015 | by PanamintSee all my reviews

The scenery and the camera-work of the scenery in this film are spectacular. The lost art of outdoor western camera work is remarkably well featured in this b-western and is worth watching. "Majestic" is the only word that can describe some of the scenes.

Tim Holt is stalwart and believable as a wagon train leader, Martha O'Driscoll is incredibly pretty, young and fetching in the role of an eastern girl gone west. All of the cast does a fine job.

Wagons and a stagecoach are expertly handled (another lost art?) in the Utah country, not just on graded back lot roads.

Authentic-looking in many ways, fast paced, this film is a winner.


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