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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.


Fritz Lang


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




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


Vance Shaw gives up outlawing and goes to work for the telegraph company, while bandit Jack Slade and his henchmen try to prevent the company connecting the line between Omaha and Salt Lake City. Lots of Indian fighting, gun-play and romance. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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A 20th Century-Fox Encore Hit !


History | Western


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When he arrived in Omaha Richard Blake (Robert Young) had a stranger watch his horse and buggy. When Blake comes out again, the man chastises him, telling him is is the Provisional Governor of The Territory of Nebraska. Based on this being set in 1860 when the Transcontinental Telegraph was being built, the Governor of the Nebraska Territory was Samuel W. Black. Sadly, Col. Black was killed June 27, 1862 during the U. Civil War. See more »


In the opening sequence showing the buffalo herd there is a shot that appears to show a car driving along a road in the far background. See more »


Sue Creighton: You're happy, aren't you?
Richard Blake: Every man is when his dream is materialized.
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Referenced in Yul Brynner: The Man Who Was King (1995) See more »


Gwine to Rune All Night
("De Camptown Races") (1850) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Played as background music for the first scene in Omaha, Nebraska
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pretty good western
29 November 2005 | by KyleFurr2See all my reviews

Hard to believe this was directed by Fritz Lang since he mostly directed crime dramas and mysteries. This movie has a cast that includes Robert Young, Randolph Scott, Dean Jagger and John Carradine. Scott plays an outlaw who tries to go straight and leave his old gang and winds up saving Jagger's life. Jagger works for Western Union, a telegraph company that plans to have telegraphs out west. Jagger hires a lot of men to make sure it is done because they have to worry about Indian attacks and bandits. Scott is in charge of the men and Young is a telegraph expert who can't shoot a gun but can ride. Scott meets up with his old gang who want to stop them but Scott can't tell anyone. It's a pretty good western and Lang should of directed some more westerns.

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English | Sioux

Release Date:

21 February 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zane Grey's Western Union See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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