Winners of the West (1940 serial)

Winners of the West is a 1940 Universal movie serial directed by Ford Beebe and Ray Taylor. It stars Dick Foran and Anne Nagel in a plot about the construction of a railroad and a local ganglord who opposes it. It was Universal's 115th serial release (the 47th with sound).

Winners of the West
Directed byFord Beebe
Ray Taylor
Produced byHenry MacRae
Written byGeorge H. Plympton
Basil Dickey
Charles R. Condon
StarringDick Foran
Anne Nagel
Tom Fadden
James Craig
Harry Woods
Charles Stevens
Music byHans J. Salter
CinematographyJerome Ash
John Hickson
William A. Sickner
Edited bySaul A. Goodkind (supervising)
Joseph Gluck
Louis Sackin
Alvin Todd
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • July 2, 1940 (1940-07-02)
Running time
13 chapters (247 min)
CountryUnited States

The studio had used the name for an earlier silent serial but there are no plot similarities between the two versions. Columbia's Roar of the Iron Horse is very similar to this serial, however, and the writer George H. Plympton worked on both.


The Southwest Central Railroad Company[1] is attempting to build a railroad through "Hell's Gate Pass". However, King Carter, the self-appointed ruler of the land beyond the pass, does not want this to happen. He sends henchmen, including local Indians, to disrupt the construction anyway they can, from sabotage to kidnapping Claire Hartford, the daughter of the company President. The President's assistant, Jeff Ramsay, and his sidekicks, stop King Carter's schemes at every point and eventually defeat him entirely. This opens the area up to new settlers, the first of which is Jeff himself and his new wife Claire.




Chapter titles

1. Redskins Ride Again 2. Wreck At Red River Gorge 3. Bridge Of Disaster 4. Trapped By Redskins 5. Death Strikes The Trail 6. A Leap For Life 7. Thundering Terror 8. Flaming Arsenal 9.Sacrificed By Savages 10.Under Crashing Timbers 11.Bullets In The Dark 12.Battle Of Blackhawk 13.Barricades Blasted

Source for chapter names:[2]

See also


  2. Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 227. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.
Preceded by
Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940)
Universal Serial
Winners of the West (1940)
Succeeded by
Junior G-Men (1940)
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