Wagon Train (1940 film)

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Wagon Train
Wagon Train FilmPoster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Edward Killy
Produced by Bert Gilroy (producer)
Lee S. Marcus (executive producer)
Written by Bernard McConville (story)
Morton Grant (screenplay)
Starring Tim Holt
Music by Paul Sawtell
Cinematography Harry J. Wild
Editing by Frederic Knudtson
Harry Marker
Release dates October 4, 1940[1]
Running time 59 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Wagon Train is a 1940 American film directed by Edward Killy and starring Tim Holt.[2] It was this film that really started Holt's series of B Westerns for RKO, replacing those made by George O'Brien.[3][4]

Plot summary[edit]

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.

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Production[edit]

The film was the first in a series of six Westerns RKO planned with Holt. The films proved so popular the series continued until the early 1950s.[5]

Soundtrack[edit]

  • Ray Whitley - "Wagon Train" (Written by Ray Whitley and Fred Rose)
  • Ray Whitley and Glenn Strange - "Why Shore" (Written by Ray Whitley and Fred Rose)
  • "A Girl Just Like You" (Written by Ray Whitley and Fred Rose)
  • "Farewell" (Written by Ray Whitley and Fred Rose)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wagon Train: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved April 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ ""WAGGON TRAIN.".". The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) (NSW: National Library of Australia). 31 March 1941. p. 3. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Richard Jewell & Vernon Harbin, The RKO Story. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House, 1982. p152
  4. ^ 53 FEATURE FILMS SCHEDULED BY RKO: 1940-41 Plans Announced at Sales Convention of Firm Now in Session Here 190 SHORTS ON PROGRAM Gallup Survey of the Audience Interest in Pictures Is Being Conducted for Company Plans Research Institute Film by Orson Welles New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 28 May 1940: 33
  5. ^ "CHIP OFF the OLD BLOCK.". The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982) (1933 - 1982: National Library of Australia). 4 January 1941. p. 20 Section: The Movie World. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 

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