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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 »

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Complete credited cast:
... Zack Sibley
... Ned
... Whopper
... Helen Lee
Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart ... Coe Gardner (as Malcolm McTaggart)
... Matt Gardner
Ellen Lowe ... Amanthy
... O'Follard
... Pat Hays - Henchman
... Kurt - Henchman
... Luke Wilkes
Bruce Dane ... McKenzie
... Stagecoach Driver
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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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He's head-man of the vital supply trains in the days when badmen plagues the plains...and a slip-up meant famine for the West's gar-flung frontiers. (original herald poster) See more »


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4 October 1940 (USA)  »

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

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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 »

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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 »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Swamp Diamonds (1993) See more »

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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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Skinflint merchant of the worst kind
25 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

As RKO's B picture cowboy hero, Tim Holt was really coming into his own when he did Wagon Train. In fact the film has a nice A picture look to it.

Villain of this film is veteran western actor Cliff Clark who had Tim's father killed. Clark is a skinflint merchant of the worst kind. He has gunmen on his payroll to make sure he sells the only food supplies for miles around for the ranchers and farmers. When Tim's father protested Clark had him killed.

The father was a rival merchant and former partner. Now Tim is taking a wagon train through with intentions of starting his own business again. He has to deal with Clark's outlaws and hostile Indians.

Holt was always a no nonsense western hero and in the tradition of the time as established by Hopalong Cassidy and the Three Mesquiteers has two sidekicks, Emmett Lynn and Ray Whitley.

The post World War II Holt usually had no romances as his sidekick then was Chito Rafferty. Here Martha O'Driscoll is the leading lady and their scenes look real.

RKO spent a bundle for location shooting instead of stock footage and it showed. Wagon Train is a nicely packaged Tim Holt western.


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