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

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]


Twin brothers David and Tom Cook go their separate ways, David as a lawman, Tom as an outlaw. Tom is in league with corrupt sheriff Jim 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. Because of a case of mistaken identities, she marries his twin. Tom considers this unforgivable, even though Phyllis was sincerely in love with him, and kills her. David falls in love with Phyllis's jealous older sister Julie.

A showdown occurs between the twins. Tom has the drop on David and appears to be the victor until he is shot dead by their uncle.



  1. ^ "Wagons Westward (1940) - Overview". TCM.com. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  2. ^ "Movie Review - - THE SCREEN; 'Wagons Westward,' With Chester Morris, Comes to the Criterion-'A Fugitive From Justice' at Globe At the Globe". NYTimes.com. July 8, 1940. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  3. ^ "Wagons Westward". Afi.com. June 19, 1940. Retrieved November 3, 2015.