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Overland Telegraph (1951)

Storekeeper Paul Manning is attempting to sabotage the completion of a telegraph line so he can have time to dispose of his stock before the near-by Army post is abandoned. He uses outlaw ... See full summary »

Director:

Lesley Selander

Writers:

Adele Buffington (screenplay), Carroll Young (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tim Holt ... Tim Holt
Gail Davis ... Terry Muldoon
Hugh Beaumont ... Brad Roberts
Mari Blanchard ... Stella Scott
George Nader ... Paul Manning
Robert J. Wilke ... Bellew - Henchman (as Robert Wilke)
Cliff Clark ... Terence Muldoon
Russell Hicks ... Colonel Marvin
Robert Bray ... Steve - Henchman
Fred Graham ... Joe - Henchman
Richard Martin ... Chito Rafferty
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Storekeeper Paul Manning is attempting to sabotage the completion of a telegraph line so he can have time to dispose of his stock before the near-by Army post is abandoned. He uses outlaw leader Roberts and his gang in this effort. Troubleshooter Tim Holt and his pal Chito Rafferty investigate, but quickly get onto the wrong side of Terry Muldoon, daughter of the telegraph line contractor. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Gun-Mad Badmen vs. Telegraph Heroes! See more »

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Action | Drama | Western

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'avamposto telegrafico See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When Tim and Chito Go Job Hunting Trouble Usually Follows
5 July 2016 | by Henchman_Number1See all my reviews

Passing through looking for work, Tim and Chito get caught up in robbery, murder and a love triangle when local businessman Paul Manning (George Nader) hatches a plan to save his failing supply business. Manning who will lose his contract with the Army due to a new telegraph line, plots to halt construction of the line with the aid of saloon owner and all-around town bad guy Brad Roberts (Hugh Beaumont) and his henchmen (Robert J. Wilke, Fred Graham, Robert Bray). Manning soon finds himself in over his head as events spin out of control.

Like most of the post war Tim Holt Flicks, 'Overland Telegraph' has better than average production values and a fairly evolved story line as B-Westerns go. Holt once again teams up with prolific director Lesley Selander to crank out another pretty good saddle burner, which by this time Holt and Selander could do in their sleep. Holt who had grown tired of the direction of his movies and Hollywood life in general, has less screen time than usual. It has more of the feel of an ensemble cast. Ironically over the next decade much of the supporting cast would move on to more prominent roles in popular television programs of the era. Holt, though still a relatively young man, would pack up his bags and leave Hollywood behind in less than a year.

As RKO cut back production budgets and Tim Holt became progressively disengaged from the movie business, the series declined in the final years. Even so 'Overland Telegraph' is one of Tim Holt's best later films.


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