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Western Union (1941)

Western Union (1941)




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20th Century-Fox's Western Union was loosely based on a story by Zane Grey. The basic historical facts behind the connecting of telegraph wires between Omaha and Salt Lake City serve as a backdrop for a fictional story straight out of Manhattan Melodrama. Randolph Scott and Barton MacLane are cast as brothers who pursue wildly divergent paths in adulthood: Scott, an ex-outlaw, goes to work for Western Union, while MacLane remains a criminal, leading a concerted effort to sabotage the telegraph company. The Indians, too often merely villains in films of this nature, are treated with relative sympathy. When they do attack the whites, it is principally because they have been falsely accused of crimes committed by MacLane and his bunch. Western Union was the second Technicolor western effort from director Fritz Lang; the first was the equally popular The Return of Frank James. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Robert Young
as Richard Blake
Randolph Scott
as Vance Shaw
Dean Jagger
as Edward Creighton
Virginia Gilmore
as Sue Creighton
John Carradine
as Doc Murdoch
Chill Wills
as Homer
Barton MacLane
as Jack Slade
Russell Hicks
as Governor
Victor Kilian
as Charlie
Minor Watson
as Pat Grogan
Chief Thundercloud
as Indian Leader
Dick Rich
as Porky
Harry Strang
as Henchman
Charles B. Middleton
as Stagecoach Rider
Addison Richards
as Capt. Harlow
Irving Bacon
as Barber
Francis Ford
as Stagecoach Driver
Eddy Waller
as Stagecoach Driver
Cliff Clark
as Sheriff
Paul E. Burns
as Stagecoach Depot Master
Chief John Big Tree
as Chief Spotted Horse
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Critic Reviews for Western Union

All Critics (5)

Things pick up in the dark final third; there's a famous -- very Langian -- scene in which Scott, tied up with rope, escapes by holding his bonds over a real fire.

Full Review… | August 9, 2007
Combustible Celluloid

Fascinating if uneven Western

Full Review… | August 22, 2006
Classic Film and Television

Greatly satisfies.

Full Review… | March 18, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Western Union

130823 141029: I've always heard the civil war was a dark and destructive time, and apparently the chaos it caused even occurred between combatants on the same side. Found this film an enjoyable fictitious look at the laying of the telegraph line across the US. Well worth watching even at 73 years of age. Some strong acting and characters.

John Redshaw
John Redshaw

Things pick up in the dark final third; there's a famous -- very Langian -- scene in which Scott, tied up with rope, escapes by holding his bonds over a real fire.

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

Bizarre premise. Gets the most it can out of the drama inherent in the telegram. A worthwhile but sort of square western.

Will Miller
Will Miller

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