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Western Union (1941)

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 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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A 20th Century-Fox Encore Hit !

Genres:

History | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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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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

Studio publicity noted that Fox contract star Henry Fonda had served as technical adviser on the film, due to his experience as a young man working as a lineman. Fonda's "technical advisory" capacity was most certainly a publicity fiction, and in any event Fonda was not credited on the film itself. See more »

Goofs

The characters use Model 1873 Colt Single Action Army pistols modified to resemble Remington 1875 Army revolvers. Obviously, neither weapon existed in 1861-62. See more »

Quotes

Vance Shaw: I like being alone.
Edward Creighton: The best place to be alone sometimes is in a crowd.
Vance Shaw: That's the way I figured it... until I ran into you.
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Connections

Edited into Buffalo Bill (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Mistakes Cannot Always Be Corrected
23 January 2008 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

While escaping from a heist of a bank, the outlaw Vance Shaw (Randolph Scott) helps Edward Creighton (Dean Jagger), the chief-engineer of the Western Union that is surveying the Wild West and had had an accident with a horse. In 1861, Vance regenerates and is hired to work for the Western Union with the team that is installing the poles and cable from Omaha to Salt Lake City. Vance and the engineer from Harvard Richard Blake (Robert Young) flirt with the gorgeous Edward's sister Sue Creighton (Virginia Gilmore) and she chooses Vance. However, his past haunts him when the outlaw Jack Slade (Barton MacLane) steals the Western Union cattle disguised of Indians.

"Western Union" is a good but predictable western directed by Fritz Lang. The story shows the difficulties of the brave and idealistic men responsible for installing the telegraph through the West, facing thieves and Indians. The entertaining story has action, drama, romance and funny situations, but with the exception of the identity of Jack Slade, there is no surprise in the story. Randolph Scott gives another magnificent performance with a great cast. My vote is seven.

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