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Western Union(1941)

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  • One of my Top Five Westerns

    • mike
    • 5/5/14

    The opening scenes--the painted hills, the sage, the buffalo herd, the lone rider, the love for his injured horse, and that lovely, sad music--set the stage for the unavoidable tragedy to come. My love for Classic Westerns probably began with either this movie, The Plainsman, Union Pacific, Buffalo Bill, or Oh My Darling Clementine. Directors willing to leave California and film on the prairie or desert where the events actually took place always win my love. This movie proved what a wonderful presence Randolph Scott had when he had a director and cast for support. Indeed, Scott's performance in Western Union remains one of my all-time favorites. In the best tradition of the Classic Western genre, Western Union is an epic that sweeps the viewer along almost in spite of themselves.

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    • Robin Nation
    • 6/16/13

    I just watched my new DVD of Western Union, purchased it from Movies Unlimited. It is still wonderful just like I remember

  • Great early western....

    • Guy Gertsch
    • 4/28/09

    It's hard to imagine that such a well-known German director could make such an adept western, but Fritz Lang did. Based on the last novel that Zane Grey wrote before his death in 1939, the film contains little of the novel, except for the character name "Vance Shaw". The Dean Jagger character "Edward Creighton" is based on the actual builder of the Western Union, whose name was indeed Edward Creighton. The color in this film is great. Randolph Scott's performance as the good guy trying to outrun his past is one of his very best, and the final gunfight really startles the viewer. A great western, worth watching again.

  • "Western Union" best of the western genre

    • Jeff Simmons
    • 6/10/08

    This is Randolph Scott's best performance until Ride the High Country. It epitomizes the good bad man, and why he had the range to play heroes and villains (such as in The Spoilers and his anti-hero in Ride the High Country). Only Robert Young seems out of place here. Fritz Lang uses a lot of his German expressionist techniques to tell the story, such as the use of shadows and all the Christian and Christ imagery (Scott burns the ropes off his hands), the presentation of a telegraph pole as a cross on Randy's grave. There's apparently some controversy as to whether this is actually based on the book by Zane Grey, or if the novel was based on the screenplay.GREAT early use of technicolor, or whatever the process was.

  • One of the great westerns ever

    • Chuck Herman
    • 3/15/08

    A perfect cast... One of Randolph Scottsbest westerns... Beautifully filmed...This film is underated....

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