Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Having done just fine at the box office with 1942's Apache Trail, MGM turned out another "pocket" western, The Omaha Trail. The story boils down to a battle of wits and sixguns between hero Pat Candel (James Craig) and villain Pipestone Ross (Dean Jagger). The latter is a wagon-train entrepreneur who doesn't want the railroad to encroach upon his territory, and he backs up this resolve with hired hooligans. Comedy relief Chill Wills sings two songs (one of them written by director Eddie Buzzell, a former musical-comedy star), while Pamela Blake is the antiseptic heroine. Unschooled in the making of budget westerns, MGM seemed uncertain whether to take Omaha Trail seriously or to play it tongue-in-cheek.
bad-guy, business, control, cowboy, fear, good-guy, handsome, help, locomotive, Native-American, railroad, ruthlessness, stranger, train [locomotive], unfriendly, wagon-train, warpath