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Wagon Train (1940)

Pecos businessman Matt Gardner is buying up freighters, or wagon trains of food supplies, at cheap prices through intimidation, and charging high prices by deliberately causing phony food ... See full summary »

Director:

Edward Killy

Writers:

Morton Grant (screen play), Bernard McConville (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tim Holt ... Zack Sibley
Ray Whitley ... Ned
Emmett Lynn ... Whopper
Martha O'Driscoll ... Helen Lee
Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart ... Coe Gardner (as Malcolm McTaggart)
Cliff Clark Cliff Clark ... Matt Gardner
Ellen Lowe Ellen Lowe ... Amanthy
Wade Crosby ... O'Follard
Ethan Laidlaw ... Pat Hays - Henchman
Monte Montague ... Kurt - Henchman
Carl Stockdale ... Luke Wilkes
Bruce Dane Bruce Dane ... McKenzie
Glenn Strange ... Stagecoach Driver
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Storyline

Pecos businessman Matt Gardner is buying up freighters, or wagon trains of food supplies, at cheap prices through intimidation, and charging high prices by deliberately causing phony food shortages at his trading posts. The only one refusing to sell his supplies is Zack Sibley, who is dead set on maintaining his freighter business as well as tracking down his father's murderer, his ex-business partner. Gardner plans on eliminating any competition Sibley presents by sending his thugs to kill him and raid his wagon train. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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He's head-man of the vital supply trains in the days when badmen plagues the plains...and a slip-up meant famine for the West's gar-flung frontiers. (original herald poster) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

D√∂dspasset See more »

Filming Locations:

Kanab, Utah, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

British confectionery company Burtons Foods says this movie inspired the 1948 creation of its "Wagon Wheel"--a chocolate biscuit [cookie] still in production. See more »

Goofs

As Zack is chasing after the runaway wagon team through the canyon pass, the tire tracks of the camera truck can be clearly seen in the dirt. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits: "The middle of the last century witnessed small bands of courageous men leading their wagon trains across the Wilderness, carrying provisions to the people of the frontier. They died of hunger, thirst, heat and cold. Desert wastes, prairie fires, the attacks of road agents and Indians took their toll. But the freighters still rolled on - - the wheels of their wagons carving from the Trans-Missouri Wilderness a greater and stronger nation." See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Swamp Diamonds (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

A Girl Just Like You
(1940) (uncredited)
Written by Ray Whitley and Fred Rose
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In the West a murderer always shoots in self defence.
22 July 2013 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

Wagon Train is directed by Edward Killy and written by Norton Grant and Bernard McConville. It stars Tim Holt, Ray Whitley, Emmett Lynn, Martha O'Driscoll, Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart and Cliff Clark. Music is by Paul Sawtell and cinematography by Harry Wild.

"The middle of the last century witnessed small bands of courageous men leading their wagon trains across the wilderness, carrying provisions to the people of the frontier. They died of hunger, thirst, heat and cold. Desert wastes, prairie fires, the attacks of road agents and Indians took their toll. But the freighters still rolled on - - the wheels of their wagons carving from the Trans-Missouri Wilderness a greater and stronger nation."

Out of RKO, this black and white Oater is a breezy paean to the tough characters who led the wagon trains whilst battling the elements and outside human forces. Tim Holt stands straight backed and handsome as our hero leading from the front, whilst O'Driscoll shines pretty as a summers day. There is much joviality to be found in between the pacey action scenes, and there's even time for some songs and a nifty dance sequence that John Ford would have approved of for its portrait of community spirit. Filmed on location in Kanab, Utah, the picture is practically a complete outdoor production, and it's beautifully photographed by Harry Wild (Farewell My Lovely/Station West).

No surprises here but that's just fine, it's an hour of hooray and yeehaw entertainment with thrills, spills, laughs and the requisite heroes and villains. 7/10


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