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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 MAN of ACTION Rides the Range! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »

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

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A Girl Just Like You
(1940) (uncredited)
Written by Ray Whitley and Fred Rose
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Average Kids Matinée 'B' Oater
16 September 2010 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

Nothing especially dramatic or compelling here. A formulaic and predictable western with a meandering script and a distinct lack of character development, this picture tells its story and is over in an hour. It is loaded with non-sequiturs and loose ends which leaves the viewer scratching his head.

Nevertheless, the leads are attractive. Tim Holt gives a stalwart performance and Martha O'Driscoll is very pretty but is not given much to do. This is the sort of movie I probably would have liked a long time ago when I was a kid and didn't ask many questions. The action scenes were good and the second unit stuff was even better.

This picture was on TCM the other morning. It was a time-killer but did not break any new ground as far as the western genre is concerned. The kids won't notice, though.


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