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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

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

British confectionery company Burtons Foods says this movie inspired the 1948 creation of its "Wagon Wheel"--a chocolate biscuit [cookie] still in production. 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

Why Shore
(1940) (uncredited)
Written by Ray Whitley and Fred Rose
Played and sung by a band at the dance with Ray Whitley on guitar and Glenn Strange on violin
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Especially good photography for routine Western
18 August 2014 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

First of all there's a rolling Wild West context setting explanation before the picture begins and straight after that one character gives another a lengthy explanation of hero Tim Holt's past and character. After all that you don't need a crystal ball to see which way the picture will go and how it will climax and end, even down to some of the lesser details.

Baddies try to blacken Holt's good name and his food supply business, attempt to kill him and raid his wagon train to corner the market for themselves. It turns out Holt was after one of them anyway… Apart from the clumsy opening reveal it's all routine, competently handled fodder – plus a few nice songs, nice scenery nicely photographed, nice action, but you could seldom fault Holt in any of these oaters. It's an serenely enjoyable hour – if you like b Western films with a bit of atmosphere; if you know you don't and decide to watch it anyway kiss the hour goodbye!


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