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Wells Fargo Days (1944)

Approved | | Short, Western | 1 April 1944 (USA)
Gunman Bob McAdams arrives in Sunrise, turns in his gun and promises to avoid trouble. He even chooses not to fight a gambler who cheats him. But when robbers shoot his good friend, he straps on his gun again and takes off in pursuit.



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Complete credited cast:
... Bob McAdams
... Millie Carter
Karl Hackett ... Mike
... Lon Carter
... Pop Lyman
Eva McKenzie ... Mrs. Warren
... Narrator (voice)


Bob McAdams arrives in the town of Sunrise and turns in his gun promising to stay out of trouble. When a gambler cheats him at poker, he backs down rather than fight. But when the Wells Fargo office is robbed and the Agent shot, he straps on his gun once again and heads out after the robbers. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Release Date:

1 April 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Classics of the Screen (1954-1955 season) (#1): Wells Fargo Days  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Fifth episode in Warner Bros. Santa Fe Trail 2-reel Western series See more »


On-screen prologue: The story of Wells Fargo Days is straight from the pages of History. Men, women and incidents have been drawn with fidelity from the annals of America's far flung frontier of the 19th century.
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Edited from The Man from Tascosa (1939) See more »


Gwine to Rune All Night
aka "De Camptown Races"
Music by Stephen Foster
Played when the new horses are hitched to the wagon at the beginning
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Wells Fargo Days (1944) was all archive footage
25 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

The only exception was the narrator (voice) added by Warner Bros in 1944. This film (short) was produced by Cinecolor, Inc. (2809 South Olive Avenue, Burbank, California), in order to get more theatrical exposure for their color process Cinecolor. It was shown and distributed to theatres in the U.S. by the film exchanges of Monogram Pictures Corporation. The original, country of origin title was "The Man from Tascosa" in 1939. For whatever reason the Warner Brothers shorts department acquired this film in 1944 and changed the title to "Wells Fargo Days." Most likely because they didn't have the raw film (World War Two shortages) and needed to fulfill their obligations to exhibitors to deliver a certain amount of color shorts for that production season...and they had already edited into a short all the feature Technicolor westerns they owned. And, yes, the reason that some reviewers of the Warner 1944 version thought the "Technicolor was a bit washed out was because it wasn't in Technicolor to begin with...it was in Cinecolor and pale green dominated. The cast and crew credits alone should have tipped the film experts that "Wells Fargo Days" was not produced by Warner Brothers; Dennis Moore, Louise Stanley, Lafe McKee, Mack Wright and Bennett Cohen were not starring in nor directing and writing 1944 Warner Bros. productions...features nor shorts. What Warners did do was have some in-house editors chop some footage from the original and hire Art Baker to narrate the gaps in the plot. And, because there was no new footage shot, the correct attribute for every actor---credited or uncredited--- is and always will be (archive footage), with one single exception...Art Baker's (voice) narration.

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