Best Western Movies of 1940

1.

The Grapes of Wrath

5.8
8.1/10 IMDB

Tom Joad returns to his home after a jail sentence to find his family kicked out of their farm due to foreclosure. He catches up with them on his Uncle’s farm, and joins them the next day as they head for California and a new life... Hopefully.

Starring: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Charley Grapewin, Dorris Bowdon, Russell Simpson, O. Z. Whitehead, John Qualen, Eddie Quillan, Zeffie Tilbury ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1940-03-15
Best Western Movies of 1940 : The Mark of Zorro
2.

The Mark of Zorro

5.3
7.5/10 IMDB

Around 1820 the son of a California nobleman comes home from Spain to find his native land under a villainous dictatorship. On the one hand he plays the useless fop, while on the other he is the masked avenger Zorro.

Starring: Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Basil Rathbone, Gale Sondergaard, Eugene Pallette, J. Edward Bromberg, Montagu Love, Janet Beecher, George Regas, Gino Corrado ..
Directed by: Rouben Mamoulian
Release date: 1940-11-08
3.

Boom Town

3.9
7.1/10 IMDB

McMasters and Sand come to oil towns to get rich. Betsy comes West intending to marry Sand but marries McMasters instead. Getting rich and losing it all teaches McMasters and Sand the value of personal ties.

Starring: Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Claudette Colbert, Hedy Lamarr, Frank Morgan, Lionel Atwill, Chill Wills, Bess Flowers, Marion Martin, Minna Gombell ..
Directed by: Jack Conway
Release date: 1940-08-30
4.

The Westerner

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

Drifter Cole Harden is accused of stealing a horse and faces hanging by self-appointed Judge Roy Bean, but Harden manages to talk his way out of it by claiming to be a friend of stage star Lillie Langtry, with whom the judge is obsessed, even though he has never met her. Tensions rise when Harden comes to the defense of a group of struggling homesteaders who Judge Bean is trying to drive away.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Doris Davenport, Fred Stone, Forrest Tucker, Paul Hurst, Chill Wills, Lilian Bond, Dana Andrews, Charles Halton ..
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1940-09-18
5.

Go West

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

Embezzler, shill, all around confidence man S. Quentin Quale is heading west to find his fortune; he meets the crafty but simple brothers Joseph and Rusty Panello in a train station, where they steal all his money. They're heading west, too, because they've heard you can just pick the gold off the ground. Once there, they befriend an old miner named Dan Wilson whose property, Dead Man's Gulch, has no gold. They loan him their last ten dollars so he can go start life anew, and for collateral, he gives them the deed to the Gulch. Unbeknownst to Wilson, the son of his longtime rival, Terry Turner (who's also in love with his daughter, Eva), has contacted the railroad to arrange for them to build through the land, making the old man rich and hopefully resolving the feud. But the evil Red Baxter, owner of a saloon, tricks the boys out of the deed, and it's up to them - as well as Quale, who naturally finds his way out west anyway - to save the day.

Starring: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, John Carroll, Diana Lewis, Robert Barrat, June MacCloy, George Lessey, Walter Woolf King, Lee Bowman ..
Directed by: Edward Buzzell
Release date: 1940-12-06
6.

My Little Chickadee

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

While on her way by stagecoach to visit relatives out west, Flower Belle Lee is held up by a masked bandit who also takes the coach's shipment of gold. When he abducts Flower Belle and they arrive in town, Flower Belle is suspected of being in collusion with the bandit.

Starring: W.C. Fields, Mae West, Joseph Calleia, Dick Foran, Ruth Donnelly, Margaret Hamilton, Donald Meek, Fuzzy Knight, Willard Robertson, George Moran ..
Directed by: Edward F. Cline
Release date: 1940-02-09
7.

Virginia City

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

Union officer Kerry Bradford escapes from a Confederate prison and races to intercept $5 million in gold destined for Confederate coffers. A Confederate sympathizer and a Mexican bandit, each with their own stake in the loot, stand in his way.

Starring: Errol Flynn, Miriam Hopkins, Randolph Scott, Humphrey Bogart, Frank McHugh, Alan Hale, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, John Litel, Douglass Dumbrille, Moroni Olsen ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1940-03-23
8.

Northwest Passage

3.5
7.0/10 IMDB

Based on the Kenneth Roberts novel of the same name, this film tells the story of two friends who join Rogers' Rangers, as the legendary elite force engages the enemy during the French and Indian War. The film focuses on their famous raid at Fort St. Francis and their marches before and after the battle.

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Robert Young, Walter Brennan, Ruth Hussey, Nat Pendleton, Louis Hector, Robert Barrat, Lumsden Hare, Donald MacBride, Isabel Jewell ..
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1940-02-23
9.

Dark Command

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

When transplanted Texan Bob Seton arrives in Lawrence, Kansas he finds much to like about the place, especially Mary McCloud, daughter of the local banker. Politics is in the air however. It's just prior to the civil war and there is already a sharp division in the Territory as to whether it will remain slave-free. When he gets the opportunity to run for marshal, Seton finds himself running against the respected local schoolteacher, William Cantrell. Not is what it seems however. While acting as the upstanding citizen in public, Cantrell is dangerously ambitious and is prepared to do anything to make his mark, and his fortune, on the Territory. When he loses the race for marshal, he forms a group of raiders who run guns into the territory and rob and terrorize settlers throughout the territory. Eventually donning Confederate uniforms, it is left to Seton and the good citizens of Lawrence to face Cantrell and his raiders in one final clash.

Starring: Claire Trevor, John Wayne, Walter Pidgeon, Roy Rogers, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Porter Hall, Marjorie Main, Raymond Walburn, Joe Sawyer, Helen MacKellar ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1940-04-15
10.

The Return of Frank James

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

Farmer Frank and his ward hunt brother Jesse's killers, the back-shooting Fords.

Starring: Henry Fonda, Gene Tierney, Jackie Cooper, Henry Hull, John Carradine, J. Edward Bromberg, Donald Meek, Eddie Collins, George Barbier, Russell Hicks ..
Directed by: Fritz Lang
Release date: 1940-08-10
Best Western Movies of 1940 : Arizona
11.

Arizona

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

Phoebe Titus is a tough, swaggering pioneer woman, but her ways become decidedly more feminine when she falls for California bound Peter Muncie. But Peter won't be distracted from his journey and Phoebe is left alone and plenty busy with villains Jefferson Carteret and Lazarus Ward plotting at every turn to destroy her freighting company. She has not seen the last of Peter, however.

Starring: Jean Arthur, William Holden, Warren William, Porter Hall, Edgar Buchanan, Paul Harvey, George Chandler, Byron Foulger, Regis Toomey, Paula Lopez ..
Directed by: Wesley Ruggles
Release date: 1940-12-25
Best Western Movies of 1940 : North West Mounted Police
12.

North West Mounted Police

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

Texas Ranger Dusty Rivers ("Isn't that a contradiction in terms?", another character asks him) travels to Canada in the 1880s in search of Jacques Corbeau, who is wanted for murder. He wanders into the midst of the Riel Rebellion, in which Métis (people of French and Native heritage) and Natives want a separate nation. Dusty falls for nurse April Logan, who is also loved by Mountie Jim Brett. April's brother is involved with Courbeau's daughter Louvette, which leads to trouble during the battles between the rebels and the Mounties. Through it all Dusty is determined to bring Corbeau back to Texas (and April, too, if he can manage it.)

Starring: Gary Cooper, Madeleine Carroll, Paulette Goddard, Preston Foster, Robert Preston, Akim Tamiroff, George Bancroft, Lynne Overman, Walter Hampden, Lon Chaney Jr. ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1940-10-22
13.

Santa Fe Trail

3.2
6.2/10 IMDB

As a penalty for fighting fellow classmates days before graduating from West Point, J.E.B. Stuart, George Armstrong Custer and four friends are assigned to the 2nd Cavalry, stationed at Fort Leavenworth. While there they aid in the capture and execution of the abolitionist, John Brown following the Battle of Harper's Ferry.

Starring: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Alan Hale, Ronald Reagan, John Litel, Van Heflin, Raymond Massey, Gene Reynolds, William Lundigan, Alan Baxter ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1940-12-20
Best Western Movies of 1940 : Brigham Young
14.

Brigham Young

3.0
6.3/10 IMDB

Based on the story of the famous Mormon leader, it follows Brigham Young and his challenge to transport his people across the Rocky mountains to settle in Salt Lake City. The plot focuses on two fictitious characters, Jonathan Kent and Zina Webb and the hardships they have to face along the way.

Starring: Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Dean Jagger, Brian Donlevy, Jane Darwell, John Carradine, Mary Astor, Vincent Price, Jean Rogers, Ann E. Todd ..
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1940-09-27
Best Western Movies of 1940 : Santa Fe Marshal
15.

Santa Fe Marshal

3.0
6.8/10 IMDB

U.S. Marshal Hopalong Cassidy is called when a town becomes overun with bad guys. Disguised as a member of a medicine show, Hoppy discovers that the ringleader is none other than sweet li'l ol' Ma Burton.

Starring: William Boyd, Russell Hayden, Marjorie Rambeau, Bernadene Hayes, Earle Hodgins, Britt Wood, Kenneth Harlan, William Pagan, George Anderson, Jack Rockwell ..
Directed by: Lesley Selander
Release date: 1940-01-26
Best Western Movies of 1940 : The Fargo Kid
16.

The Fargo Kid

2.8
6.2/10 IMDB

The Fargo Kid is mistaken for a killer and is hired to kill another man...

Starring: Tim Holt, Ray Whitley, Emmett Lynn, Jane Drummond, Ernie Adams, Paul Fix, Paul Scardon, Glenn Strange, Mary MacLaren, Ken Card ..
Directed by: Edward Killy
Release date: 1940-12-06
Best Western Movies of 1940 : Three Men From Texas
17.

Three Men From Texas

2.8
6.9/10 IMDB

Hoppy and new sidekick California Carlson head to California to help out Lucky Jenkins.

Starring: William Boyd, Russell Hayden, Andy Clyde, Morris Ankrum, Morgan Wallace, Thornton Edwards, Esther Estrella, Davison Clark, Dick Curtis, George Lollier ..
Directed by: Lesley Selander
Release date: 1940-11-15
Best Western Movies of 1940 : The Border Legion
18.

The Border Legion

2.8
6.7/10 IMDB

Wanted by the law in New York, Dr. Steve Kells heads west and arrives in an area controlled by an outlaw gang known as the Border Legion. When the gang's boss is wounded, they kidnap Kells and force him to remove the bullet. Not allowed to leave and being a wanted man, he joins the gang. Now wanted as a gang member also, he nevertheless plans a raid that will lead the entire gang into a trap.

Starring: Roy Rogers, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Carol Hughes, Joe Sawyer, Maude Eburne, Jay Novello, Hal Taliaferro, Paul Porcasi, Robert Emmett Keane, Dick Wessel ..
Directed by: Joseph Kane
Release date: 1940-12-05
19.

When the Daltons Rode

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

Young lawyer Tod Jackson arrives in pioneer Kansas to visit his prosperous rancher friends the Daltons, just as the latter are in danger of losing their land to a crooked development company. When Tod tries to help them, a faked murder charge turns the Daltons into outlaws, but more victims than villains in this fictionalized version. Will Tod stay loyal to his friends despite falling in love with Bob Dalton's former fiancée Julie?

Starring: Randolph Scott, Kay Francis, Brian Donlevy, George Bancroft, Broderick Crawford, Stuart Erwin, Andy Devine, Frank Albertson, Mary Gordon, Harvey Stephens ..
Directed by: George Marshall
Release date: 1940-08-23
Best Western Movies of 1940 : 20 Mule Team
20.

20 Mule Team

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

It is 1892 in Death Valley and the yields from the Borax ore are getting so small that refining it is a losing proposition. The only thing that will save the company is a new deposit of high grade Borax, and Skinner Bill Bragg has a pouch of it that he got from a dead prospector he buried on the road. Stag Roper knows the value of the strike could be worth millions, but he needs Bragg to find the prospector's claim so they can record it and become rich partners. While Roper has no intention of cutting Bragg in on the millions, he also has his eye on young Jean Johnson. Josie Johnson, Jean's mother, sees Roper as the scalawag he is, and that means trouble in Furnace Flat.

Starring: Wallace Beery, Leo Carrillo, Marjorie Rambeau, Anne Baxter, Douglas Fowley, Noah Beery Jr., Berton Churchill, Arthur Hohl, Clem Bevans, Charles Halton ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1940-05-03
Best Western Movies of 1940 : The Showdown
21.

The Showdown

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

European bad guy Baron Bendor leads some local townsmen in a plot to obtain horses through theft. Hoppy and his sidekicks Lucky and Speedy must find and expose the horse thieves.

Starring: William Boyd, Russell Hayden, Britt Wood, Morris Ankrum, Jan Clayton, Wright Kramer, Donald Kirke, Roy Barcroft, Eddie Dean, Kermit Maynard ..
Directed by: Howard Bretherton
Release date: 1940-03-08
Best Western Movies of 1940 : Cherokee Strip
22.

Cherokee Strip

2.7
6.2/10 IMDB

Richard Dix stars as Dave Morrell, the new marshal of Goliath, Oklahoma. Immediately upon arrival, Morrell finds himself at odds with banker Coy Barrett (Victor Jory), who is actually the leader of all local criminal activities.

Starring: Richard Dix, Florence Rice, William Henry, Victor Jory, Andy Clyde, George E. Stone, Morris Ankrum, Douglas Fowley, Addison Richards, Tom Tyler ..
Directed by: Lesley Selander
Release date: 1940-10-10
Best Western Movies of 1940 : Adventures of Red Ryder
23.

Adventures of Red Ryder

2.7
7.3/10 IMDB

Calvin Drake employs a group of low-lifes to drive away land owners along the path of a new railroad; Red Ryder opposes this strategy.

Starring: Don Barry, Noah Beery, Tommy Cook, Maude Allen, Vivian Austin, Harry Worth, Hal Taliaferro, William Farnum, Bob Kortman, Carleton Young ..
Directed by: John English, William Witney
Release date: 1940-06-28
Best Western Movies of 1940 : Hidden Gold
24.

Hidden Gold

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

Hoppy and Lucky have been called in to investigate a series of stage holdups. The robbers are taking gold from Colby's mine and Hoppy suspects it may be ex-outlaw Colby himself. When Speedy strikes gold, Hoppy borrows it and announces a gold shipment hoping to catch the gang and their leader.

Starring: William Boyd, Russell Hayden, Minor Watson, Ruth Rogers, Britt Wood, Ethel Wales, Lee Phelps, Roy Barcroft, George Anderson, Eddie Dean ..
Directed by: Lesley Selander
Release date: 1940-06-07
Best Western Movies of 1940 : Prairie Law
25.

Prairie Law

2.7
6.1/10 IMDB

Judge Curry is selling Austin's land to nesters and his men are rustling his cattle to provide beef. When the Sheriff accuses butcher Gore of possessing stolen beef, Gore kills him. Curry then holds a quick election to change the county seat so he can preside at the trial. But Brill gets the Governor to change it back and this leads to the big shootout between Curry's men and Brill and the ranchers.

Starring: George O’Brien, Virginia Vale, Darryl Hickman, Slim Whitaker, J. Farrell MacDonald, Cy Kendall, Paul Everton, Henry Hall, Monte Montague, Quen Ramsey ..
Directed by: David Howard
Release date: 1940-06-14
Best Western Movies of 1940 : Under Texas Skies
26.

Under Texas Skies

2.6
7.0/10 IMDB

The story opens as Stony returns to his home town, only to discover that his sheriff father has been murdered by person or persons unknown. The new sheriff (Henry Brandon) resents the arrival of the Mesquiteers, going so far as to frame Tucson on a murder charge.

Starring: Robert Livingston, Bob Steele, Rufe Davis, Lois Ranson, Henry Brandon, Wade Boteler, Rex Lease, Jack Ingram, Walter Tetley, Yakima Canutt ..
Directed by: George Sherman
Release date: 1940-09-29
Best Western Movies of 1940 : Kit Carson
27.

Kit Carson

2.6
6.3/10 IMDB

Frontiersman Kit Carson fights off Indian attacks on the trail to California.

Starring: Jon Hall, Lynn Bari, Dana Andrews, Harold Huber, Ward Bond, Renie Riano, Clayton Moore, Rowena Cook, Raymond Hatton, Harry Strang ..
Directed by: George B. Seitz
Release date: 1940-08-30
Best Western Movies of 1940 : Billy the Kid in Texas
28.

Billy the Kid in Texas

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

In the second of the "Billy the Kid" series from PRC that starred Bob Steele, Billy the Kid is being held on a trumped-up murder charge in a Mexico jail. He escapes and meets his pal, Fuzzy Jones, in Corral City, Texas, which is taking a holiday to allow the cowpunchers of the Lazy A Ranch their periodic spree. In the saloon, Billy is recognized by Dave Hendricks and Flash, two the Lazy A's bed men, as the rider who had held them up after they had robbed the express wagon a few hours earlier. Outside, Billy is ambushed and slightly wounded, and is taken to the express office by Jim Morgan where Mary Barton, the local agent, agrees to tend him until the doctor arrives. Billy turns over the loot he took from the outlaws and he is appointed sheriff, with Fuzzy as his deputy. The Lazy A gang brings in a noted gunfighter, Gil Cooper, who turns out to be Billy's brother. Billy, Gil and Fuzzy eventually rout the outlaw gang, and Gil remains behind with Mary as Billy and Fuzzy ride off.

Starring: Bob Steele, Terry Walker, Al St. John, Carleton Young, Charles King, John Merton, Frank LaRue, Slim Whitaker, Victor Adamson, Bob Burns ..
Directed by: Sam Newfield
Release date: 1940-09-29
Best Western Movies of 1940 : River's End
29.

River's End

2.6
5.9/10 IMDB

An escaped criminal pretends to be a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in order to prove his innocence of murder. Star Dennis Morgan plays two roles.

Starring: Dennis Morgan, Elizabeth Inglis, George Tobias, Victor Jory, James Stephenson, Steffi Duna, John Ridgely, Frank Wilcox, Edward Pawley, David Bruce ..
Directed by: Ray Enright
Release date: 1940-08-10
Best Western Movies of 1940 : The Carson City Kid
30.

The Carson City Kid

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

The Carson City Kid and partner Laramie are outlaws. When his partner is caught the Kid, his identity being unknown, takes a job in Jessup's saloon. Here he see Jessup cheat Waren out of his money. Warren then robs Jessup posing as the Kid but gets caught. To gain his freedom, Laramie identifies Warren as the Kid. Realizing Jessup is the man that killed his brother, the Kid must find a way to clear Warren and get Jessup.

Starring: Roy Rogers, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Bob Steele, Noah Beery Jr., Pauline Moore, Francis McDonald, Hal Taliaferro, Arthur Loft, George Rosener, Chester Gan ..
Directed by: Joseph Kane
Release date: 1940-07-01
Best Western Movies of 1940 : Wyoming
31.

Wyoming

2.5
6.5/10 IMDB

With the army after him and his partner deserting, Reb decides that a change of scenery would be nice so he heads for Wyoming with Dave.

Starring: Wallace Beery, Leo Carrillo, Ann Rutherford, Lee Bowman, Joseph Calleia, Bobs Watson, Paul Kelly, Henry Travers, Marjorie Main, Ted Adams ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1940-09-13
Best Western Movies of 1940 : The Tulsa Kid
32.

The Tulsa Kid

2.5
5.7/10 IMDB

A protegee of notorious outlaw Montana (Beery), young Tom Benton decides to stay on the good side of the Law upon reaching maturity. Montana, however, has no such inclination to reform, the result being a climactic gun duel between the ageing gunman and his former pupil.

Starring: Don Barry, Noah Beery, Luana Walters, David Durand, George Douglas, Ethan Laidlaw, Stanley Blystone, John Elliott, Jack Kirk, Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ..
Directed by: George Sherman
Release date: 1940-08-16
Best Western Movies of 1940 : Colorado
33.

Colorado

2.5
5.9/10 IMDB

Trouble in Colorado is tying up Union troops needed back east during the Civil War and Lieut. Burke is sent to investigate. Macklin and his gang are causing the problems and Capt. Mason joins them. When Burke catches up with them he also finds Mason, his brother.

Starring: Roy Rogers, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Pauline Moore, Milburn Stone, Maude Eburne, Arthur Loft, Hal Taliaferro, Vester Pegg, Fred Burns, Lloyd Ingraham ..
Directed by: Joseph Kane
Release date: 1940-09-15
Best Western Movies of 1940 : The Range Busters
34.

The Range Busters

2.5
6.2/10 IMDB

A Phantom is murdering the hands at the Circle T Ranch. The Range Busters are recruted by the owner of the Circle T to stop the Phantom and discover his identity. (First film in the Range Buster series.)

Starring: Ray Corrigan, John 'Dusty' King, Max Terhune, Elmer, Luana Walters, LeRoy Mason, Earle Hodgins, Frank LaRue, Kermit Maynard, Bruce King ..
Directed by: S. Roy Luby
Release date: 1940-08-22
Best Western Movies of 1940 : The Texas Rangers Ride Again
35.

The Texas Rangers Ride Again

2.5
6.0/10 IMDB

With thousands of cattle being rustled from White Sage ranch the 1930's Texas Rangers are called in. They manage to get one of their agents into the gang by making them think he is the Pecos Kid on the lam.

Starring: Ellen Drew, John Howard, Akim Tamiroff, May Robson, Broderick Crawford, Charley Grapewin, John Miljan, William Duncan, Anthony Quinn, Harvey Stephens ..
Directed by: James P. Hogan
Release date: 1940-12-13
Best Western Movies of 1940 : Melody Ranch
36.

Melody Ranch

2.5
6.2/10 IMDB

His Arizona hometown of Torpedo invites Gene back to be the honorary sheriff of the Frontier Days Celebration.

Starring: Gene Autry, Ann Miller, Jimmy Durante, Barton MacLane, Jerome Cowan, Barbara Jo Allen, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Mary Lee, Joe Sawyer, Horace McMahon ..
Directed by: Joseph Santley
Release date: 1940-09-15
Best Western Movies of 1940 : Texas Terrors
37.

Texas Terrors

2.5
6.4/10 IMDB

A lawyer by training, Bob Millburne (Don "Red" Barry) believes in relying on the legal system to exact justice. But he can no longer sate his thirst for vengeance, fueled by the death of his parents at the hands of a bloodthirsty mine jumper. Frustrated and fed up, Bob decides it's time to dust off his guns and holsters.

Starring: Don Barry, Julie Duncan, Arthur Loft, Al St. John, Eddy Waller, William Ruhl, Ann Pennington, Sammy McKim, Reed Howes, Robert Fiske ..
Directed by: George Sherman
Release date: 1940-11-22
Best Western Movies of 1940 : Rodeo Dough
38.

Rodeo Dough

2.4
6.2/10 IMDB

After a trip to Hollywood, two young ladies attempt to hitchhike home but end up at a star filled rodeo.

Starring: Sally Payne, Mary Treen, Gene Autry, Joe E. Brown, Jackie Cooper, Tom Mix, Tom Neal, Roy Rogers, Mickey Rooney, Rudy Vallee ..
Directed by: Sammy Lee
Release date: 1940-11-09
Best Western Movies of 1940 : Rangers of Fortune
39.

Rangers of Fortune

2.4
6.1/10 IMDB

Fred MacMurray stars as a US Army misfit who, with pals Albert Dekker and Gilbert Roland, roam the west in search of adventure. Arriving in a small town, they befriend the elderly newspaper editor (Arthur Allen) and his young granddaughter (Betty Brewer). The trio learns that the community is under the thumb of a covetous land baron (Joseph Schildkraut), who is endeavoring to push out the ranch owners and take over the territory.

Starring: Fred MacMurray, Patricia Morison, Albert Dekker, Gilbert Roland, Joseph Schildkraut, Dick Foran, Minor Watson, Betty Brewer, Arthur B. Allen, Bernard Nedell ..
Directed by: Sam Wood
Release date: 1940-09-27
Best Western Movies of 1940 : Queen of the Yukon
40.

Queen of the Yukon

2.4
5.9/10 IMDB

The owner of an Alaskan gambling boat and her business partner help thwart a crooked businessman who attempts to steal claims from local miners.

Starring: Irene Rich, Charles Bickford, June Carlson, Melvin Lang, Dave O'Brien, George Cleveland, Guy Usher, Tris Coffin, Victor Adamson, C.E. Anderson ..
Directed by: Phil Rosen
Release date: 1940-08-26
Best Western Movies of 1940 : Legion of the Lawless
41.

Legion of the Lawless

2.4
6.4/10 IMDB

Residents of a small frontier town take up arms when vigilantes try to block a railroad right-of-way.

Starring: George O’Brien, Virginia Vale, Herbert Heywood, Norman Willis, Hugh Sothern, William Benedict, Eddy Waller, Delmar Watson, Bud Osborne, Monte Montague ..
Directed by: David Howard
Release date: 1940-01-05
Best Western Movies of 1940 : Bad Man from Red Butte
42.

Bad Man from Red Butte

2.4
5.1/10 IMDB

A cowboy arrives in a town, and is immediately mistaken for his twin brother who is wanted for murder.

Starring: Johnny Mack Brown, Bob Baker, Fuzzy Knight, Anne Gwynne, Bill Cody Jr., Norman Willis, Earle Hodgins, Roy Barcroft, Lafe McKee, Lloyd Ingraham ..
Directed by: Ray Taylor
Release date: 1940-06-01
Best Western Movies of 1940 : Lucky Cisco Kid
43.

Lucky Cisco Kid

2.4
6.0/10 IMDB

Cisco and Gordito arrive to find there is an outlaw operating in the area who is assumed to be the Cisco Kid. When a reward is offered for his capture and a large shipment of money goes out, Cisco is on hand. Seeing the gang rob the stage he goes after them only to be wounded. The gang leader leaves Cisco's handkerchief at the scene and now he is wanted for the murder he tried to break up.

Starring: Cesar Romero, Mary Beth Hughes, Dana Andrews, Evelyn Venable, Chris-Pin Martin, Willard Robertson, Joe Sawyer, Johnny Sheffield, William Royle, Francis Ford ..
Directed by: H. Bruce Humberstone
Release date: 1940-06-28
44.

The Man from Dakota

2.3
5.6/10 IMDB

A frontier scout, a Boston officer and a Russian girl escape with a map past Confederates.

Starring: Wallace Beery, John Howard, Dolores del Río, Donald Meek, Robert Barrat, Addison Richards, Frederick Burton, William Haade, John Wray ..
Directed by: Leslie Fenton
Release date: 1940-02-16
Best Western Movies of 1940 : Bullet Code
45.

Bullet Code

2.3
5.5/10 IMDB

Protecting himself in an attack by rustlers, Rancher Steve Holden believes he has killed one of the attackers, young Bud Mathews, who in reality has warned Holden of the rustlers' approach. Unaware that Mathews was actually killed by rustler boss Cass Barton, Holden heads out to Mathews' home town where he plans to tell the boy's family of his death but instead uncovers a plan by a local businessman to force Mathews' father out of his ranch.

Starring: George O’Brien, Virginia Vale, Slim Whitaker, Howard Hickman, Harry Woods, William Haade, Walter Miller, Kirby Grant, Roy Bucko, Spade Cooley ..
Directed by: David Howard
Release date: 1940-04-12
Best Western Movies of 1940 : Sky Bandits
46.

Sky Bandits

2.3
5.3/10 IMDB

Sgt. Renfrew and Constable Kelly go aloft to search for a plane missing with a shipment of gold from the Yukon Mine Company. Inventor Speavy has devised a power ray which disrupts electrical impulses, and Morgan and his gang of crooks has brought in Prof. Lewis to increase the ray's range, telling him he's helping the government develop this new weapon. Speavy spills the beans to Prof. Lewis and his daughter Madeleine,and Morgan threatens to implicate them in his crimes unless they cooperate. Morgan kills Speavy when he tries to warn Renfrew, but when Madeleine stows away on board the doomed plane Renfrew is piloting, will the crooks be able to make Prof. Lewis use the power ray to bring the plane down?

Starring: James Newill, Louise Stanley, Dewey Robinson, William Pawley, Joe De Stefani, Jim Farley, Dave O'Brien, Karl Hackett, Ted Adams, Dwight Frye ..
Directed by: Ralph Staub
Release date: 1940-07-06
Best Western Movies of 1940 : Viva Cisco Kid
47.

Viva Cisco Kid

2.3
6.1/10 IMDB

Cisco saves a stagecoach from being robbed and takes a shine to one of the passengers whose father is in cahoots with a vicious criminal who plans to murder him.

Starring: Cesar Romero, Jean Rogers, Chris-Pin Martin, Minor Watson, Stanley Fields, Nigel De Brulier, Harold Goodwin, Francis Ford, Charles Judels, Jacqueline Dalya ..
Directed by: Norman Foster
Release date: 1940-04-12
Best Western Movies of 1940 : Wagon Train
48.

Wagon Train

2.3
5.8/10 IMDB

In his first starring Western for RKO, young Tim Holt must not only carry on his father's freight business but also hunt down his murderer. A certain Matt Gardner (Cliff Clark) wants to corner the freight business to Pecos and persuades young Zack Sibley's wagon master (Wade Crosby) to switch sides. Zack also earns the enmity of Gardner's son Coe (Malcolm McTaggart), who takes umbrage to the youngster's flirtation with pretty Helen Lee (Martha O'Driscoll). It all comes to a head during a food shortage in Pecos, a near-disaster that persuades the wagon master to switch sides once again. When the dust settles, Zack learns that old man Gardner is actually Carl Anderson, the man who murdered his father.

Starring: Tim Holt, Martha O'Driscoll, Ray Whitley, Emmett Lynn, Glenn Strange, Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart, Cliff Clark, Ellen Lowe, Wade Crosby, Ethan Laidlaw ..
Directed by: Edward Killy
Release date: 1940-10-04
Best Western Movies of 1940 : Arizona Gang Busters
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Arizona Gang Busters

2.2
5.5/10 IMDB

Arizona Gang Busters is another pre-WWII saber-rattler that finds a band of renegade gunmen, under the pretense of developing an irrigation project for the reclamation of arid desert land, using airplanes and parachute jumpers to gather valuable military information for a European power.

Starring: Tim McCoy, Pauline Haddon, Lou Fulton, Forrest Taylor, Julian Rivero, Arno Frey, Paul Ellis, Kenne Duncan, Jack Rutherford, Elizabeth LaMal ..
Directed by: Sam Newfield
Release date: 1940-09-16
Best Western Movies of 1940 : Stage to Chino
50.

Stage to Chino

2.2
6.2/10 IMDB

To investigate a gold-shipping scam, a postal inspector goes undercover and tries to infiltrate the gang he believes is responsible.

Starring: George O’Brien, Virginia Vale, Hobart Cavanaugh, Roy Barcroft, William Haade, Glenn Strange, Carl Stockdale, Glenn Strange, Harry Cording, Martín Garralaga ..
Directed by: Edward Killy
Release date: 1940-07-26

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