“In the old days, we had one important rule: get there.”
An ambitious messenger (Joel McCrea) for the Wells Fargo Company in pre-Civil War America helps shape the future of communication and banking across the states while maintaining a long-distance marriage with his southern wife (Frances Dee).
The primary goal of this episodic western is to showcase the impressive historical trajectory of transcontinental communication in 19th century United States: we’re shown the marvel of eating fresh oysters in New York (before salmonella sets in!); the remarkable ability for Americans to send letters to their loved ones during the Gold Rush; and the challenges of transferring money during an era of continuous robberies and land battles across the nation. However, the jam-packed storyline is hampered by far too many historic moments in one movie, as well as too much time spent on McCrea’s marital challenges. This film will primarily be of interest to McCrea fans wanting to see him in his first film opposite Dee (his real-life spouse).
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Interesting historic footage of the dangerous, time-consuming work involved in helping Americans communicate
No, unless you’re a fan of this type of historical western.