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Wells Fargo (30-Dec-1937)

Director: Frank Lloyd

Writers: Paul Schofield; Gerald Geraghty; Frederick Jackson; Stuart N. Lake

Original Music by: Victor Young

Producer: Frank Lloyd

Keywords: Western

Spanning the 1840s to the 1870s, an entirely fictional Ramsey MacKay rises from express messenger to become a vice president of Wells Fargo. Joel McCrea's first major western; some conflict occurs from his being married to a woman with Confederate sympathies, played by McCrae's real-life wife, Frances Dee. Wells Fargo continued a trend of glorified corporate histories made into film. Received an Oscar nomination for Best Sound.

After Alistair Cooke wrote in his critical review of Wells Fargo, "This is the longest teaser in the history of motion picture -- a ninety minute trailer to a film that was never made", Paramount threatened to sue for $1M, though no lawsuit was ever filed.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Johnny Mack Brown
1-Sep-1904 14-Nov-1974 College All-American turned film star
Bob Burns
2-Aug-1890 2-Feb-1956 The Arkansas Traveler
Frank Conroy
14-Oct-1890 24-Feb-1964 The Ox-Bow Incident
Bob Cummings
10-Jun-1908 2-Dec-1990 The Bob Cummings Show
Harry Davenport
19-Jan-1866 9-Aug-1949 Gone with the Wind
Frances Dee
26-Nov-1907 6-Mar-2004 Finishing School
Stanley Fields
20-May-1883 23-Apr-1941 Way Out West
Porter Hall
19-Sep-1888 6-Oct-1953 Going My Way
Joel McCrea
5-Nov-1905 20-Oct-1990 Ride the High Country
Ralph Morgan
6-Jul-1883 11-Jun-1956 The Kennel Murder Case
Mary Nash
15-Aug-1884 3-Dec-1976 The Philadelphia Story
Lloyd Nolan
11-Aug-1902 27-Sep-1985 Dr. Chegley on Julia
Henry O'Neill
10-Aug-1891 18-May-1961 Anchors Aweigh


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
Porter Hall   ...   James Oliver
Jack Clark   ...   William Fargo
Clarence Kolb   ...   John Butterfield
Bob Cummings   ...   Dan Trimball, a Prospector
Granville Bates   ...   Bradford, a Banker
Harry Davenport   ...   Ingalls, a Banker
Frank Conroy   ...   Ward, a Banker
Brandon Tynan   ...   Edwards, a Newspaper Publisher
Peggy Stewart   ...   Alice MacKay
Bernard Siegel   ...   Pawnee
Stanley Fields   ...   Abe, a Prospector
Jane Dewey   ...   Lucy Dorsett Trimball
Frank McGlynn   ...   Lincoln


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