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Wagon Wheels West (1943)

Approved | | Western, Short | 30 October 1943 (USA)
A U.S. marshal seeks vengeance against the man who killed his father.


B. Reeves Eason (as B. Reaves Eason)


Ed Earl Repp (screenplay), William Jacobs (original story and screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
Robert Shayne ... U.S. Marshal Frankie Wilson
Nina Foch ... Jan Colburn
Charles Middleton ... Phineas Hook
Addison Richards ... Frank Wilson Sr. (edited from "Song of the Saddle") (archive footage)
Lou Marcelle Lou Marcelle ... Narrator (voice)


As a boy, Frankie Wilson witnesses his father's murder, which was ordered by general store owner Phineas Hook. He vows to return as a man and bring the murderers to justice. Years later he comes back as a deputy U.S. marshal. He enlists the help of Jan Colburn, a childhood friend, to help him trap Hook, who is now the town banker. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Western | Short


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Release Date:

30 October 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Santa Fe Trail Series #2: Wagon Wheels West See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Second episode in Warner Bros. Santa Fe Trail 2-reel Western series See more »


[last lines]
Posse Rider - edited from 'Song of the Saddle': [looking at the dead body of Phineas Hook] Buzzard meat.
Posse Rider: Well boss, it looks like all your troubles with the Hook outfit are over.
U.S. Marshal Frankie Wilson: Yeah, I reckon it does. But I'd sure hate to be the Devil and... share my domain with a renegade like him.
Mexican Deputy: Diablo!
[the film then ends with a brief scene of a joyous barn dance celebrating the roundup of Hook and his gang]
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Version of Song of the Saddle (1936) See more »


Oh! Susanna
Written by Stephen Foster
Played during the telegraph sequence
Also played at the barn dance
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Headed In That Direction
21 August 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

U.S. Marshal Robert Shayne seeks vengeance in this episode of Warner Brother's SANTA FE TRAIL series of short subjects.

Once upon a time, all movies were what we call short subjects nowadays. Eventually features came into being, and while B westerns remained fairly short, from 49 to 65 minutes, A westerns could run considerably longer .... and be a lot more expensive to produce. With this series of short westerns, Warners tried the interesting experiment of cutting down their old A westerns, writing a new script -- often, as with this one, by pulp writer Ed Earl Repp -- and telling in 20 minutes what once might have taken four times as long. Thus, the expensive, spectacular sequences might be reused, and a cheap short subject could be rented out for a flat fee. In this case, the story and big sequences are from 1936's SONG OF THE SADDLE.

Robert Shayne was the perennial star of these shorts. People of my age better remember him from the ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN show, where he played Inspector Henderson.

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