Wagon Train (film)
|Directed by||Edward Killy|
|Screenplay by||Morton Grant|
|Story by||Bernard McConville|
|Produced by||Bert Gilroy|
|Cinematography||Harry J. Wild|
|Music by||Paul Sawtell|
|October 4, 1940|
Wagon Train is a 1940 American Western film directed by Edward Killy and starring Tim Holt. It was this film that really started Holt's series of B Westerns for RKO, replacing those made by George O'Brien.
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.
- Tim Holt as Zack Sibley
- Ray Whitley as Ned
- Emmett Lynn as Whopper
- Martha O'Driscoll as Helen Lee
- Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart as Coe Gardner
- Cliff Clark as Carl Anderson, alias Matt Gardner
- Ellen Lowe as Amanthy (Whopper's Lady Friendl)
- Wade Crosby as Wagonmaster O'Follard
- Ethan Laidlaw as Henchman Pat Hays
- Monte Montague as Henchman Kurt
- Carl Stockdale as Mr. Wilkes (Gardner's Lawyer)
- Bruce Dane as McKenzie
- Glenn Strange as Stagecoach Driver
The films proved so popular the series continued until the early 1950s.
O'Driscoll and Holt were meant to reteam in Sir Piegan Passes but it was not made.
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