Wagon Train (film)

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Wagon Train
Wagon Train FilmPoster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byEdward Killy
Screenplay byMorton Grant
Story byBernard McConville
Produced byBert Gilroy
StarringTim Holt
CinematographyHarry J. Wild
Edited by
Music byPaul Sawtell
Release date
October 4, 1940[1]
Running time
59 minutes
CountryUnited States

Wagon Train is a 1940 American Western 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.



The film was the first in a series of six Westerns RKO planned with Holt. Martha O'Driscoll was signed to appear in the first two.[5]

The films proved so popular the series continued until the early 1950s.[6]

O'Driscoll and Holt were meant to reteam in Sir Piegan Passes but it was not made.[7]

It was filmed in Kanab, Utah and in Wildwood Regional Park in Thousand Oaks, California.[8][9]


  • 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)


  1. ^ "Wagon Train: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved April 13, 2014.
  2. ^ "WAGGON TRAIN". The Sydney Morning Herald. March 31, 1941. p. 3. Retrieved June 7, 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  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. May 28, 1940. p. 33.
  5. ^ Schallert, Edwin (July 3, 1940). "Rogers Wins Stellar Chance in 'Colorado'". Los Angeles Times. p. 11.
  6. ^ "CHIP OFF the OLD BLOCK". The Australian Women's Weekly. January 4, 1941. p. 20 Section: The Movie World. Retrieved June 6, 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ "SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD: 'Kiss Me Again' Purchased by Ernst Lubitsch, Producer for United Artists 'GHOST BREAKERS' OPENING Paramount Attraction Starts Today--'Spies in the Air' Is Rialto Offering". New York Times. July 3, 1940. p. 15.
  8. ^ Stone, Robert (2011). Day Hikes Around Ventura County. Day Hike Books. Page 216. ISBN 9781573420624.
  9. ^ Maulhardt, Jeffrey Wayne (2010). Conejo Valley. Arcadia Publishing. Page 65. ISBN 9780738580395.

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