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
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Western
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
Runtime:
Studio:
Fox

Cast

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)

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

Audience Reviews for Western Union

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

Sprawling and well produced western depicting the Western movement in the US during the 1800's. Not very inspired, but entertaining. A decent cast does an adequate job. Fritz Lang's direction helps.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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