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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 »


Edward Killy


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


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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


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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Release Date:

4 October 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dödspasset See more »

Filming Locations:

Kanab, Utah, USA See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


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


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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Keeping the wagons rolling
8 June 2014 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

This is an unpretentious B western with a good interplay of comedic side stories and songs but a very simple and contrived storyline.

Pecos businessman Matt Gardner is buying up wagon trains of food supplies, at cheap prices through intimidation then charging higher prices by causing phony food shortages at his trading posts. The only man refusing to sell his supplies is Zack Sibley (Tim Holt.) Gardner plans on eliminating Sibley by sending his thugs to kill him.

There is plenty of exposition as soon as the film starts as two minor characters recount the story of Zack who has been looking for the man who killed his father when he was a child as he leads wagon trains out West. It just so happens that Matt Gardner was the culprit.

Ironically Gardner is later shot from a distance by his own son Coe when he intended to kill Zack and mistook his own father for Zack.

There is nice interplay between Whopper (Emmett Lynn) who plays the teller of tall tales and his flame (Ellen Lowe) who gives out the vibes of Olive Oyl. Holt is a suitably able hero with the white hat who falls for Coe's sweetheart, Helen Lee.

A nice short feature with a few good set pieces but nothing more.

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