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Western Mail (1942)

Approved | | Western | 13 February 1942 (USA)
Just as Lucky Webster (Fred Kohler Jr). is being questioned about a recent train robbery, Tom Allen (Tom Keene) appears at his ranch and confirms his alibi. Lucky offers Tom a job with the ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Emmett Tansey (as Robert Tansey)

Writers:

Robert Emmett Tansey (original screenplay) (as Robert Emmett), Frances Kavanaugh (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tom Keene ... Tom Allen
Prince Prince ... Prince - Tom's Horse
Frank Yaconelli Frank Yaconelli ... Lopez Mendoza
LeRoy Mason ... Jeff Gordon (as Le Roy Mason)
Jean Trent Jean Trent ... Julia Webster
Fred Kohler Jr. ... Lucky Webster
Glenn Strange ... Sheriff Big Bill Collins
Gene Alsace ... Rod
James Sheridan ... Cheyenne
Karl Hackett Karl Hackett ... Jim Rivers
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Just as Lucky Webster (Fred Kohler Jr). is being questioned about a recent train robbery, Tom Allen (Tom Keene) appears at his ranch and confirms his alibi. Lucky offers Tom a job with the gang he is secretly working for. Lucky's sister, Julie (Jean Trent), doesn't realize he is mixed up with an outlaw gang. Tom, a U.S. Marshal working undercover with Sheriff Big Bill Collins (Glenn Strange), asks the sheriff about respected citizen and bank president Jeff Gordon (LeRoy Mason), whom he suspects of working with the mail robbers. Tom plants a dictophone in Gordon's office and hears him tell gang leader Jim Rivers (Karl Hackett) that the next shipment is $15,000 and gives Rivers information to make the hold-up. Julie, accidently, tips Lucky off to Tom's real identity and Tom is ambushed as he rides back to the gang's hideout. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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SIX-GUN DYNAMITE...with Ton Keene on the giving end! (original print ad-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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This film received its earliest documented telecast Monday 14 August 1944 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). In Los Angeles, it was first seen Monday 7 February 1949 on KTTV (Channel 11) and in Philadelphia Friday 16 December 1949 on Frontier Playhouse on WPTZ (Channel 3). See more »

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Usual good acting and directing
26 March 2015 | by morrisonhimselfSee all my reviews

Tom Keene was an especially likable actor, and his westerns are especially likable, very much because of him, but also because the production values are usually quite high.

Early on, in a chase scene, two bad guys are also likable, for bad guys, but they show some personality as well as athletic ability, somewhat unusual for low-budget movies -- which this is, yes, but what money was spent was well spent.

"Western Mail" stands out for several reasons, one being that the great Glenn Strange gets to play a sheriff and not a villain, for a change. And he shines. Mr. Strange was a good actor, and showed it often, not even counting his performance in TV's "Gunsmoke."

Definitely another reason this stands out is a good script. The many "minor" characters seem awfully real and believable, and add a dimension to this movie missing from so many other low-budget films.

That they are played by talented and veteran actors is, of course, one more reason this is such a good movie.

In that chase scene mentioned above, there are two director errors I hated to see, because they were obvious and really shouldn't have happened. But, I realize, they honestly don't matter.

This is a darn good movie, an excellent B western, and I am grateful I found it on YouTube. I highly recommend "Western Mail."


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1942 (USA) See more »

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Monogram Pictures See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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