Western Union (Blu-ray)
A 20th Century-Fox Encore Hit !
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Run Time: 1 hours, 35 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: November 8, 2016
- Originally Released: 1941
- Label: KL Studio Classics
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Robert Young, Randolph Scott & Dean Jagger|
|Performer:||Virginia Gilmore, Chill Wills, Victor Kilian, Russell Hicks & Barton MacLane|
|Directed by||Fritz Lang|
|Edited by||Robert Bischoff|
|Composition by||David Buttolph|
|Cinematography by||Edward Cronjager|
|Art Direction by||Richard Day|
|Story by||Robert Carson|
|Produced by||Harry Joe Brown|
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. Full Review
[T]his is a jaunty, good-humoured romp with little trace of Lang's trademark pessimism.
Sight and Sound
Fritz Lang's witty knockabout version of the Zane Grey novel involves a plethora of classic western character actors...
Rating: B+ -- Greatly satisfies. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Fascinating if uneven Western Full Review
Classic Film and Television
WESTERN UNION, Fritz Lang's second color film and second Western, follows the process of installing the cross-country Western Union telegraph wires while telling the story of two brothers whose destinies have brought them together. Vance Shaw (Randolph Scott) is an ex-criminal whose job is to protect the Western Union workers against attacks by gangs of bandits. But, when he learns that his renegade brother, Jack Slade, is leading one of these gangs, Vance realizes this job will not be easy. The melodrama increases as the daughter of Vance's boss, Sue, comes into the picture with her young and inexperienced suitor, Richard Blake (Robert Young). With Vance and Richard waging psychological warfare over Sue's affections, the Western Union lines are threatened at every turn by gangs of bandits impersonating Indians. Fritz Lang's striking use of Technicolor enhances the actual Western landscapes and the real Oglala Indians cast in the film. Virtuoso cinematography and signature Langian psychological suspense elevate this western tale of destiny, desire, and coming of age to a fever pitch of excitement and melodrama.
- Theatrical release: February 7, 1941
- WESTERN UNION was filmed in Hollywood, California, on the Twentieth Century Fox lot in 1941.
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