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Overland Mail (1942)

Two investigators for a stagecoach company are assigned to find out why the company's stages keep being ambushed. They discover that the culprits are white men disguised as Indians, and they set out to discover who is behind the plot.


Ford Beebe, John Rawlins


Paul Huston (screenplay), George H. Plympton (screenplay) | 3 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Jim Lane
Helen Parrish ... Barbara Gilbert
Noah Beery Jr. ... Sierra Pete
Don Terry ... Buckskin Billy Burke
Bob Baker ... Bill Cody [Chs.1,14]
Noah Beery ... Frank Chadwick (as Noah Beery Sr.)
Tom Chatterton ... Tom Gilbert
Charles Stevens ... Puma - Henchman
Robert Barron ... Charles Darson
Harry Cording ... Sam Gregg - Henchman
Marguerite De La Motte ... Rose - the Waitress [Chs. 1, 8]
Ben Taggart ... Lamont [Chs. 7-8]
Jack Rockwell ... Slade - Hired Gunman [Chs. 8-9]
Riley Hill ... Mack - Henchman (as Roy Harris)
Carleton Young ... Lem - Henchman


Government agents Jim Lane and Sierra Pete are sent to investigate the breakdown of the U.S. Mail delivery in the La Paz country, which is carried by the Overland Company operated by Tom Gilbert and his daughter Barbara. Aided by their friend, Buckskin Bill Burke, they discover that Frank Chadwick, using white renegades disguised as Indians, is behind the trouble as he wants the mail franchise owned by Gilbert's stage line. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Fists crash! Six-guns blaze -- as reckless riders blast redskins and renegades on the blood-red trail of the mail! See more »


Adventure | Western


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Release Date:

22 September 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daimones tis Dyseos See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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CHAPTER TITLES: 1: A Race With Disaster (#7607), 2: Flaming Havoc (#7608), 3: The Menacing Hero (#7609), 4: The Bridge Of Disaster (#7610), 5: Hurling To The Depths (#7611), 6: Death At The Stake (#7612), 7: The Path Of Peril (#7613), 8: Imprisoned In Flames (#7614), 9: HIdden Danger (#7615), 10: Blazing Wagons (#7616), 11: The Trail Of Terror (#7617), 12: In The Claws Of The Cougar (#7618), 13: The Frenzied Mob (#7619), 14. The Toll Of Treachery (#7620), 15: The Mail Goes Through (#7621) See more »


Edited from The Oregon Trail (1939) See more »

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Rousing,exciting serial features a likable Chaney Jr.
5 January 2006 | by kartraboSee all my reviews

From Universal pictures came this exciting,rousing action-packed western serial featuring a really likable and easy-going Lon Chaney Jr. as the tough hero.

Chaney plays a western lawman who is commissioned by military officials to discover the reasons behind the delay of frontier mails,the destruction of pony-express equipment, and the killings of express riders and stage-men. With his two pals,amiably portrayed by Noah Beery Jr. and Don Terry,Chaney heads to the frontier express company and quickly finds out outlaws disguised as Indian braves are the cause of the trouble. The mystery (made apparent to viewers) is to find out who is behind the destruction and why.

Action fans will not be disappointed as the story unfolds through 15 cliff-hanging chapters with plenty of gun play,fistfights,stampedes,prairie fires,double-dealing,betrayal and everything else one could want in a western serial.

Both Chaney and Beery Jr. seem like natural horsemen and seem very comfortable with their roles. And Noah Beery Sr. has a wonderful role opposite his son. Viewers will also enjoy substantial roles played by longtime veterans Charles Stevens (as the wiley Puma)and veteran heavy Harry Cording.

True,historical officianadoes may balk at the prescence of the pony express still in operation at a later date but, it doesn't detract from the overall enjoyment of the film.

Directors Ford Beebe and John Rawlins film some of their best work here and the musical title themes are worth remembering.

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