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The Omaha Trail (1942)

Passed | | Romance, Western | September 1942 (USA)
Vane hires Candel to haul his locomotive by freight wagon to Omaha. Ross knows that the railroad will mean the end of his freighting business and plans to make sure the locomotive does not ... See full summary »

Directors:

Edward Buzzell, Edward L. Cahn (uncredited)

Writers:

Jesse Lasky Jr. (story), Jesse Lasky Jr. (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Craig ... Pat Candel
Pamela Blake ... Julie Santley
Dean Jagger ... 'Pipestone' Ross
Edward Ellis ... Mr. Vane
Chill Wills ... Henry Hawkins
Donald Meek ... Engineer Jonah McCleod
Howard Da Silva ... Ben Santley
Harry Morgan ... Henchman Nat (as Henry Morgan)
Morris Ankrum ... Henchman Job
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Storyline

Vane hires Candel to haul his locomotive by freight wagon to Omaha. Ross knows that the railroad will mean the end of his freighting business and plans to make sure the locomotive does not get through. When his attempts are foiled, he and his men take all the guns and leave. With the Indians about to attack, Candel and his crew find themselves defenseless. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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...carving a new civilization! See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1942 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film made its initial USA telecast in Los Angeles Wednesday 12 December 1956 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Tuesday 25 December 1956 on WFIL (Channel 6) and by Seattle Wednesday 26 December 1956 on KING (Channel 5); in Chicago it first aired 28 February 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Hartford CT 2 March 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), in Portland OR 8 March 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Minneapolis 3 May 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), in Altoona PA 30 May 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), and in Norfolk VA 1 July 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3); in San Francisco it was first shown 9 November 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); its earliest documented telecast in New York City presently stands at Tuesday 30 July 1963 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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Bang, Bang, Bang
(1942)
Written by Edward Buzzell
Sung by an unidentified woman in an Omaha saloon
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Routine Oater Boosted By Superior Cast
3 November 2006 | by buxSee all my reviews

This is routine stuff for the most part. A knowledgeable, amiable, faithful scout (Craig) leads a wagon train with a steam locomotive thru rugged hostile Indian territory. Of course we also have the wagonmaster (Jagger) who wants to prevent the building of the railway, hence he goes all out to sabotage the trip. There seems to be a lot of stock footage here, and a lot of shooting with backscreens on soundstages which only hampers the story. Craig and Jagger also appeared in the superior VALLEY OF THE SUN this same year. The cast is rounded out by Harry (M*A*S*H) Morgan, Chill Wills, Morris Ankrum, and a bevy of notables from Hollywood's Poverty Row. Worth a watch, but you won't miss anything if you cook up a pizza with one eye and view the flick with the other.


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