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Overland Mail (VCI/Western Serial)


Picture: C     Sound: C     Extras: C     Chapters: C



One of the more mixed Western Serials, Fred Beebe and John Rawlins’ Overland Mail (1937, Universal) has Lon Chaney Jr. and Noah Berry Sr. & Jr. in this tale of delayed mail deliveries, even then a federal matter.  Jim Lane (Chaney) intends to find out why.  The villains are disguising themselves as Native Americans to misplace the blame, but Lane intends not to let prejudice get in his way and the 15 chapters of high adventure begin.


I am not a big Western fan to begin with and thought this production lacked a bit of energy.  Nevertheless, fans of the stars, serials and genre will like it and the production has its moments.


The 1.33 X 1 image varies throughout, but these prints are older and at least a generation or two down.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is the same, but VCI has fixed these up to the best of their ability and they are watchable enough to enjoy.  Extras include text biographies of the cast and directors, plus trailers for four other Western Serials, some of which VCI has on DVD now.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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