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Wells Fargo (1937)

Passed | | History, Western | 31 December 1937 (USA)
The life and career of a Wells Fargo official frames this fictionalized account of the express company's formation.

Director:

Frank Lloyd

Writers:

Paul Schofield (screen play), Gerald Geraghty (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joel McCrea ... Ramsay MacKay
Bob Burns ... Hank York - a Wanderer
Frances Dee ... Justine Pryor
Lloyd Nolan ... Dal Slade
Henry O'Neill ... Henry Wells
Mary Nash ... Mrs. Pryor
Ralph Morgan ... Nicholas Pryor
Johnny Mack Brown ... Talbot Carter (as John Mack Brown)
Porter Hall ... James Oliver
Jack Clark Jack Clark ... William Fargo
Clarence Kolb ... John Butterfield
Robert Cummings ... Dan Trimball - Prospector
Granville Bates ... Bradford - Banker
Harry Davenport ... Ingalls - Banker
Frank Conroy ... Ward - Banker
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The life and career of a Wells Fargo official frames this fictionalized account of the express company's formation.

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Taglines:

TOGETHER THEY BUILD A CONTINENT! He lives the magnificent adventure that saves a country and she shares the adventures of the man she loves!

Genres:

History | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 December 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

An Empire Is Born See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (New York opening) (premiere)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Assistant propman Jack Leys accidentally shot himself when he reached into the prop chest for a gun. See more »

Quotes

Hank York - a Wanderer: I've had no more luck than a duck with a doorknob.
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Soundtracks

Symphony No. 9 in E Minor: Fourth Movement
(1893) (uncredited)
Music by Antonín Dvorák
Heard when the Civil War ends
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Interesting epic western that did not age.
26 August 2006 | by tmwestSee all my reviews

This is a very interesting western, more so nowadays, because it shows how a fast mail service was created in the West at the time that the only sensible way to go to California was on sailing ships passing through Panama. Surprisingly this film did not age and there are some scenes like when they show San Francisco that look incredibly real. The creation of Wells Fargo, is presented through the story of Ramsey MacKay(Joel McCrea), and Justine (Frances Dee). Their relationship gets into trouble because of Ramsay's long absences and also the civil war, where her family joins the Confederates and Ramsay is called by Lincoln to make sure the money arrives to the soldiers. Robert Cummings and Johnny McBrown are on supporting roles.


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