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Overland Mail (1942)

Approved | | Adventure, Western | 22 September 1942 (USA)
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 »




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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15 Chapters of Thundering Thrills! (original print ads-all caps) See more »


Adventure | Western


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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 into The Indian Raiders (1956) See more »

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Surprisingly Good Western Serial
19 April 2016 | by Rainey-DawnSee all my reviews

I expected far less when I started watching this serial. Ya know, a typical and rather boring western with a few good scenes - basically I expected just so-so. Well to my surprise this was really good, very entertaining and a story that is interesting. The story took a few twists and turn that were unexpected. There's plenty of action and adventure to see as well.

I got this for Lon Chaney Jr alone. BUT after watching it I found I like the entire cast and the characters they played. It's hard not to like Jim Lane (Chaney) and his two buddies Sierra Pete (Beery Jr) and Buckskin Billy Burke (Terry). These three alone could have had a TV series easily because they are interesting and fun characters. I also liked Barbara Gilbert (Parrish) she showed them she was one tough cookie. :)

Overall a really fun and good western serial that not only fans of Lon Chaney Jr should enjoy but a film for fans of classic westerns.


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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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Technical Specs


(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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