Western Union
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

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"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."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Fascinating if uneven Western"
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Greatly satisfies."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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