Western Union

Synopsis: Vance Shaw gives up outlawing and goes to work for the telegraph company; his brother Jack Slade leads outlaws trying to prevent the company connecting the line between Omaha and Salt Lake City. Lots of Indian fighting and gunplay.
Genre: History, Western
Director(s): Fritz Lang
Production: Fox
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

I lost this hair back in fifty-six.

A neat bit of surgery that.

What's ailing you?

Did he say a hundred miles

from here?

That was five years ago.

Nowadays we don't see no Indians

this side of Cottonwood Springs.

Then you and me start drawing down

an extra dollar, eh?

Speak for yourself, stranger.

When I get back to St. Joe,

I figure on keeping my hair...

instead of telling the folks

how I lost it.

Indians don't always

scalp a fellow.

Not if the fellow

scalps them first.

This ain't for me.

I've got to have peace and quiet

when I'm preparing my victuals.

-Are you a cook?

-For twenty years...

with the same head of hair.

And I intend to be for twenty more.

-Gents, I bid you good day.

-Hold him, Doc!

-Doctor Murdoch!


Mr. Creighton says

he don't need these no more.

Put them down.

Go down to the cook-house...

and tell that good-for-nothing

poisoner he's fired.

Can you cook lamb?

There are nine different ways

to cook mutton and I know them all.

-Boiled, stewed, fricasseed.

-Never mind that.

Do you cook it

with the hair on it?

-I should say not.


-Then you're hired.

-No, no!

And your job is to see

that he stays hired.

Remind me to show you an old

Indian way to cook prairie dog.

Oh, no. I should

have stayed in St. Joe.

-Hello, Mr. Creighton.

-Oh, hello, Bert.

-Where's Miss Creighton, Pat?

-She's, over at the corral, Sir.

We're buying some new horses today.

How many have we, Bert?

Who's that with my sister, Pat?

The fellow I hired to do scouting

and take charge of the livestock.

-Hello Sue.

-Edward, darling!

Don't tell me you've given up

telegraphy for a corral?

Edward, I'm so glad you're back.

What's the doctor

in Washington say?

Why, he says I'm fit as a fiddle.

I could walk from here to Salt Lake

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Pearl Zane Grey (January 31, 1872 – October 23, 1939) was an American author and dentist best known for his popular adventure novels and stories associated with the Western genre in literature and the arts; he idealized the American frontier. Riders of the Purple Sage (1912) was his best-selling book. In addition to the commercial success of his printed works, they had second lives and continuing influence when adapted as films and television productions. His novels and short stories have been adapted into 112 films, two television episodes, and a television series, Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater. more…

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