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Western Union (1941)

Passed | | History, Western | 21 February 1941 (USA)
When Edward Creighton leads the construction of the Western Union to unite East with West, he hires a Western reformed outlaw and a tenderfoot Eastern surveyor.

Director:

Fritz Lang

Writers:

Zane Grey (novel), Robert Carson (screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Young ... Richard Blake
Randolph Scott ... Vance Shaw
Dean Jagger ... Edward Creighton
Virginia Gilmore ... Sue Creighton
John Carradine ... Doc Murdoch
Slim Summerville ... Herman
Chill Wills ... Homer Kettle
Barton MacLane ... Jack Slade
Russell Hicks ... Governor
Victor Kilian ... Charlie
Minor Watson ... Pat Grogan
George Chandler ... Herb
Chief John Big Tree ... Chief Spotted Horse (as Chief Big Tree)
Chief Thundercloud ... Indian Leader
Dick Rich Dick Rich ... Porky
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Storyline

Vance Shaw gives up outlawing and goes to work for the telegraph company; his brother Jack Slade leads outlaws trying to prevent the company connecting the line between Omaha and Salt Lake City. Lots of Indian fighting and gunplay. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Genres:

History | Western

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Sioux

Release Date:

21 February 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zane Grey's Western Union See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Originally, Laird Cregar was cast in this film in an undetermined role (possibly that of Doc Murdoch), but was unable to do the film due to an unfinished other project. He was replaced by George 'Gabby' Hayes, but Hayes then became ill and was himself replaced. See more »

Goofs

During one of the scenes in the then (referring to the time period of the story) non-existent town of North Platte, an Army officer refers to a Fort "Kerny." The fort, and the subsequent town, are pronounced "Karney." See more »

Quotes

Doc Murdoch: Feels like you got a slug there, pardner. A .44?
Charlie: Injun arrowhead. It don't bother me none.
Doc Murdoch: You know, some members of the medical profession like to cut them things out. But I say, let 'em stay if it's that comfortable.
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Connections

Edited into Buffalo Bill (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie
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Entertaining western
13 July 2006 | by nnnn45089191See all my reviews

Fritz Lang's "Western Union" is a entertaining movie with good heroes in Randolph Scott,the strong and silent man trying to escape his outlaw past,Robert Young as the easterner trying to conform to the code of the wild west,and Dean Jagger as the determined boss of the Western Union gang.I think the acting honors go to Dean Jagger who is very good in his part. Randolph Scott found his prototype of western hero in this movie and would play variations of that type in westerns to come for the next two decades.The movie looks very good in early Technicolor. Barton MacLane makes a good villain.I enjoyed this western much,although I consider it pretty standard stuff.


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