Evidently it was quite a tough job running the Western Union line from Omaha to the Coast. It wasn't enough that they had Indians trying to gum up the works, but on top of this the Civil War was going strong and Moseby's raiders sent a few of the boys to help the Redskins and pick up a little extra ready cash. However, with Robert Young and Randolph Scott holding the fort for Don't Write Telegraph, they couldn't lose. Besides, W.U. had, as a further inspiration a young lady by the name of Virginia Gilmore, who will be as pleasant a surprise to you, as she was to the Men of the West (where men are).
"Western Union" is an all-round admirable job, what with fine direction, a surprising minimum of Hollywood cliches, and the best technicolor to date. Perhaps February is somewhat early for predictions, but you'll be betting on a sure thing if you spot the picture as one of the ten best of 1941.
"The Case of the Black Parrot" is all about this clever reporter who solves all sorts of things and makes the police look silly. His stooge-cameraman wears the brim of his hat up, and is just bubbling over with wisecracks.