Western Union Cast, Box Office Collection, Budget, Storyline

Western Union

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

Release date: Feb 21, 1941
Production Company: Fox
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Genre: Classics,Western

Western Union Caste and Crew
Director: Fritz Lang
writer: Bob Carson
Robert Young,Randolph Scott,Dean Jagger,Virginia Gilmore,John Carradine,George “Slim” Summerville,Chill Wills,Barton MacLane,Russell Hicks,Victor Kilian,Minor Watson,George Chandler,Chief John Big Tree,Chief Thundercloud,Dick Rich,Harry Strang,Charles B. Middleton,Addison Richards,Irving Bacon,Francis Ford,Eddy Waller,James Flavin,Frank Mills,Ralph Dunn,Cliff Clark,Vance Shaw,Paul E. Burns