USA 1941


"Western Union" (1941) is Lang's second color film. It is a Western about the building of the first trans-continental telegraph line in the USA. This interest in modern high tech mass communication is distinctly Langian. Lang will return to this aspect of the subject, the actual physical building of a communications infrastructure, in a later color film, "American Guerrilla in the Philippines" (1950). These films share several elements in common. Both are non-crime films, a fairly rare occurrence in Lang's career. Both are in color. Both deal with an entire team of people trying to fulfill an idealistic dream, rather than with a single hero. Both are about the building of a high technology communications system. Both have elaborate shots of massed food items. Both take place in the outdoors, and have much beautiful landscape photography.

Excerpt from Mike Grost's review located HERE


Theatrical Release: January 31, 1941 (New York City, New York)

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DVD Review: Optimum Classics (Western Classics) - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Henrik Sylow for the Review!

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Runtime 1:31:33 (4% PAL speedup)

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.53 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital Mono
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Optimum Classics

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: February 21, 2005
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Comments Being an early Technicolor film, the images are actually quiet nice. There are problems, with slight halos, grain, lack of details, but overall an acceptable image.

 - Henrik Sylow



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