Review: ‘Western Union’

Western Union is another epic of the early American frontier. This time the stringing of telephone lines in the 1860s, between Omaha and Salt Lake City, provides the background for adventures and excitement in empire building. Hewing to a straight line in telling the story of pioneering the west, Western Union is a lusty and actionful offering.

Western Union is another epic of the early American frontier. This time the stringing of telephone lines in the 1860s, between Omaha and Salt Lake City, provides the background for adventures and excitement in empire building. Hewing to a straight line in telling the story of pioneering the west, Western Union is a lusty and actionful offering.

Mounted with expansiveness as a super-western of upper-budget proportions, picture displays some eyeful exterior panoramas. The tinting photography has some of the finest outdoor scenes which were photographed in the colorful Utah park country.

Randolph Scott, an ex-outlaw who joins the expedition as a scout turns in a strongly persuasive characterization. Dean Jagger is the company engineer in charge of construction; Robert Young a dudish easterner who toughens up under western ways; and Barton MacLane is the renegade outlaw whose band continually harasses the camp. Virginia Gilmore is minor as the romantic interest for conflict between Scott and Young in the early reels.

Western Union

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Fritz Lang; Producer Harry Joe Brown; Screenplay Robert Carson; Camera Edward Cronjager; Editor Robert Bischoff; Music David Buttolph

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1941. Running time: 93 MIN.

With

Robert Young Randolph Scott Dean Jagger Virginia Gilmore Barton MacLane John Carradine
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