Wagons Westward

Wagons Westward is a 1940 American Western film directed by Lew Landers, written by Joseph Moncure March and Harrison Jacobs, and starring Chester Morris, Anita Louise, Buck Jones, Ona Munson, George "Gabby" Hayes and Guinn "Big Boy" Williams. It was released on June 19, 1940, by Republic Pictures.[1][2][3]

Wagons Westward
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLew Landers
Produced byArmand Schaefer
Screenplay byJoseph Moncure March
Harrison Jacobs
StarringChester Morris
Anita Louise
Buck Jones
Ona Munson
George "Gabby" Hayes
Guinn "Big Boy" Williams
Music byWilliam Lava
CinematographyErnest Miller
Edited byErnest J. Nims
Murray Seldeen
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date
  • June 19, 1940 (1940-06-19)
Running time
69 minutes
CountryUnited States


Twin brothers David and Tom Cook go their separate ways, David as a lawman, Tom as an outlaw. The latter is in league with a corrupt sheriff, McDaniels, and at odds with two members of his gang, Hardman and Marsden. The honest, upright David has few allies except for an elderly uncle, Hardtack.

Saloon singer Phyllis O'Conover is in love with Tom, even though he has gone bad. Due to a case of mistaken identities, she ends up married to his twin. Tom considers this unforgivable, even though Phyllis was sincerely in love with him, and kills her. David, meanwhile, falls in love with Phyllis's jealous older sister, Julie.

Hardman and Marsden are ultimately done away with, leading to a showdown between the twins. Tom has the drop on David and appears to be the victor until he is shot dead by their uncle.



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