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Winners of the West (1940)

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247 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

One of the writers of this serial, George H. Plympton, dusted the story off and re-sold it to Sam Katzman for a Columbia 1951 serial called "Roar of the Iron Horse". "Winners of the West" was Universal's 47th sound-era serial, falling ...See moreOne of the writers of this serial, George H. Plympton, dusted the story off and re-sold it to Sam Katzman for a Columbia 1951 serial called "Roar of the Iron Horse". "Winners of the West" was Universal's 47th sound-era serial, falling between "Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe" and "Junior G-Men", and while it utilizes plenty of stock footage featuring Cliff Lyons doubling Buck Jones and Johnny Mack Brown from earlier Universal serials, the use of such is less than in most Universal serials of the time. Jeff Ramsay (Dick Foran), assistant to John Hartford (Edward Keane), President of the Hartford Transcontinental Railroad, is fighting to advance the line through Hell's Gate Pass. King Carter (Harry Woods), self-styled ruler of the land beyond the pass, plans to block the contruction of the railroad. Carter hires Snakeye (Charles Stevens), a renegade half-breed, to lead the Indians on raids against the construction camps. Hartford's daughter, Claire (Anne Nagel), is captured and held hostage until Jeff and scout Tex Houston (Tom Fadden) come to her rescue. Spurred on by Carter, the Indians and some hired henchmen rob supply trains, drive surveyors off and burn down the telegraph station. Finally, in a battle at Black Hawk, Carter's gang is wiped out by Jeff and Jim Jackson (James Craig.) Carter is turned over to the law, and a peace treaty is signed with Chief War Eagle (Chief Yowlachie) . Jeff, and his bride, Claire are happy as pioneers welcome the first transcontinental train. Written by Les Adams See less
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Writers
George H. Plympton (original screenplay) (as Geo. H. Plympton) | Basil Dickey (original screenplay) | Charles R. Condon (original screenplay)
Cinematographers
Jerome Ash (photography) | John Hickson (photography) | William A. Sickner (photography) (as William Sickner)
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Updated Jul 2, 1940

Release date
Jul 2, 1940 (United States)

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72 cast members
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Dick Foran
Jeff Ramsay Jeff Ramsay   See fewer
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Anne Nagel
Claire Hartford Claire Hartford   See fewer
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Tom Fadden
Tex Houston Tex Houston   See fewer
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James Craig
Jim Jackson Jim Jackson   See fewer
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Harry Woods
King Carter King Carter   See fewer
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Charles Stevens
Snakeye Snakeye   See fewer
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Edward Keane
John Hartford John Hartford   See fewer
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Edgar Edwards
Tim - Henchman[Chs. 7-9, 11-13] Tim - Henchman[Chs. 7-9, 11-13]   See fewer
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Edmund Cobb
Maddox [Chs. 2-9] Maddox [Chs. 2-9]   See fewer
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William Desmond
Bill Brine - Foreman Bill Brine - Foreman   See fewer
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Roy Barcroft
Logan - Henchman Logan - Henchman   See fewer
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Slim Whitaker
Lacey - Stage Driver [Chs. 4-5, 11] (as Charles Whitaker) Lacey - Stage Driver [Chs. 4-5, 11] (as Charles Whitaker)   See fewer
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Veola Vonn
Rita - Saloon Singer [Chs. 2-3, 5] (as Vyola Vonn) Rita - Saloon Singer [Chs. 2-3, 5] (as Vyola Vonn)   See fewer
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Evelyn Selbie
Jennie [Chs. 7, 13] (as Evelyn Selby) Jennie [Chs. 7, 13] (as Evelyn Selby)   See fewer
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Chief Yowlachie
Chief War Eagle [Chs. 1, 5, 7, 9-10, 13] (as Chief Yowlatchie) Chief War Eagle [Chs. 1, 5, 7, 9-10, 13] (as Chief Yowlatchie)   See fewer
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Gene Alsace
Soldier in Town (uncredited) Soldier in Town (uncredited)   See fewer
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Silver Tip Baker
Barfly [Ch. 3] (uncredited) Barfly [Ch. 3] (uncredited)   See fewer
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James Blaine
Senator Dodson [Ch. 13] (uncredited) Senator Dodson [Ch. 13] (uncredited)   See fewer
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Al Bridge
Captain [Ch. 13] (uncredited) Captain [Ch. 13] (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Brunner
Indian (uncredited) Indian (uncredited)   See fewer
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Horace B. Carpenter
Barfly [Chs. 3, 5] (uncredited) Barfly [Chs. 3, 5] (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Casey
Chief Surveyor [Ch. 1] (uncredited) Chief Surveyor [Ch. 1] (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ed Cassidy
Marshal Bowers [Chs. 2, 6] (uncredited) Marshal Bowers [Chs. 2, 6] (uncredited)   See fewer
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Iron Eyes Cody
Indian [Chs. 1, 5, 7, 9-10, 13] (uncredited) Indian [Chs. 1, 5, 7, 9-10, 13] (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jim Corey
Townsman [Chs. 2-3, 5] (uncredited) Townsman [Chs. 2-3, 5] (uncredited)   See fewer
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Grace Cunard
Townswoman (uncredited) Townswoman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harold De Becker
Bartender [Chs. 2-5] (uncredited) Bartender [Chs. 2-5] (uncredited)   See fewer
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Art Dillard
Workman (uncredited) Workman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Earl Douglas
Ed Craig [Ch. 6] (uncredited) Ed Craig [Ch. 6] (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank Ellis
Joe - Henchman[Chs. 2, 11] (uncredited) Joe - Henchman[Chs. 2, 11] (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jim Farley
Greely [Ch. 6] (uncredited) Greely [Ch. 6] (uncredited)   See fewer
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Fred Graham
Townsman (uncredited) Townsman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Henry Hall
Man Who Exits Saloon [Ch. 6] (uncredited) Man Who Exits Saloon [Ch. 6] (uncredited)   See fewer
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Chuck Hamilton
Indian Raider [Chs. 8-9] (uncredited) Indian Raider [Chs. 8-9] (uncredited)   See fewer
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Al Haskell
Townsman (uncredited) Townsman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bill Hunter
Henchman Stark [Ch.11] (uncredited) Henchman Stark [Ch.11] (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bob Kortman
Gorbel [Ch. 8] (uncredited) Gorbel [Ch. 8] (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tom London
Henchman Webb [Ch. 13] (uncredited) Henchman Webb [Ch. 13] (uncredited)   See fewer
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Robert Long
Sergeant [Ch. 11] (uncredited) Sergeant [Ch. 11] (uncredited)   See fewer
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Johnny Luther
Townsman / Musician (uncredited) Townsman / Musician (uncredited)   See fewer
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Cliff Lyons
Indian / Henchman (uncredited) Indian / Henchman (uncredited)   See fewer
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George Magrill
Henchman [Chs. 2, 7] (uncredited) Henchman [Chs. 2, 7] (uncredited)   See fewer
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Kermit Maynard
Townsman (uncredited) Townsman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bud McClure
Townsman (uncredited) Townsman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Art Mix
Townsman (uncredited) Townsman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Montgomery
Workman (uncredited) Workman (uncredited)   See fewer
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George Morrell
Barfly (uncredited) Barfly (uncredited)   See fewer
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Chuck Morrison
Blade - Henchman (uncredited) Blade - Henchman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Murphy
Workman [Ch. 2] (uncredited) Workman [Ch. 2] (uncredited)   See fewer
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Artie Ortego
Indian Raider [Chs. 8-9] (uncredited) Indian Raider [Chs. 8-9] (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bud Osborne
Hacienda Guard [Ch. 7] (uncredited) Hacienda Guard [Ch. 7] (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tex Palmer
Wagon Driver [Ch. 10] (uncredited) Wagon Driver [Ch. 10] (uncredited)   See fewer
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Eddie Parker
Henchman (uncredited) Henchman (uncredited)   See fewer
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James Pierce
Charlie Nelson - Lumberman [Ch. 10] (uncredited) Charlie Nelson - Lumberman [Ch. 10] (uncredited)   See fewer
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George Plues
Stage Driver [Credit Frame]. / Worker / Wagon driver (uncredited) Stage Driver [Credit Frame]. / Worker / Wagon driver (uncredited)   See fewer
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Rose Plumer
Townswoman (uncredited) Townswoman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Paul Reed
Lieutenant [Ch. 11] (uncredited) Lieutenant [Ch. 11] (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bob Reeves
Townsman [ch. 12] (archive footage) (uncredited) Townsman [ch. 12] (archive footage) (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dick Rush
Townsman in Mob [Ch. 6] (uncredited) Townsman in Mob [Ch. 6] (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Sherlock
Orderly [Ch. 11] (uncredited) Orderly [Ch. 11] (uncredited)   See fewer
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Smoke
Smoky - Jeff's Horse (uncredited) Smoky - Jeff's Horse (uncredited)   See fewer
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Rudy Sooter
Workman (uncredited) Workman (uncredited)   See fewer
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George Sowards
Card Player [Chs. 6, 11] (uncredited) Card Player [Chs. 6, 11] (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harry Tenbrook
Rooney [Ch. 3] (uncredited) Rooney [Ch. 3] (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ken Terrell
Indian (uncredited) Indian (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Tornek
Townsman (uncredited) Townsman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Philip Van Zandt
Henchman (uncredited) Henchman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Voglin
Sergeant [Ch. 5] (uncredited) Sergeant [Ch. 5] (uncredited)   See fewer
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William Wilkerson
Indian [Chs. 1, 9-10, 13] (uncredited) Indian [Chs. 1, 9-10, 13] (uncredited)   See fewer
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Henry Wills
Townsman / Indian (uncredited) Townsman / Indian (uncredited)   See fewer
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Hank Worden
Drunk [Chs. 3, 5] (uncredited) Drunk [Chs. 3, 5] (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.6 / 10 | 41 votes