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Winds of the Wasteland (1936)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Western  |  6 July 1936 (USA)
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The arrival of the telegraph put Pony Express riders like John Blair and his pal Smoky out of work. A race will decide whether they or stageline owner Drake get the government mail contract.



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Complete credited cast:
John Blair
Phyllis Fraser ...
Lew Kelly ...
Douglas Cosgrove ...
Lane Chandler ...
Sam Flint ...
Bob Kortman ...
Henchman Cherokee Joe (as Robert Kortman)
Ed Cassidy ...
Jim - Pony Express Rider (as Charles Locher)
Merrill McCormick ...
Henchman Pete (as W.M. McCormick)
Christian J. Frank ...
Telegraph Crew Chief (as Chris Franke)
Arthur Millett ...
Tracy Layne ...


The Pony Express days are coming to an end, with riders John Blair (John Wayne) and his friend Larry Adams (Lane Chandler), both about 75 pounds too heavy for the original job description, out of a job. They pay Cal Drake (Douglas Cosgrove) of Buchanan City a big price for the Crescent City line and equipment, and arrive there to find it is a ghost mining town and has only two residents: eccentric, self-proclaimed Mayor "Rocky" O'Brien (Lew Kelly) and Dr. William Forsythe (Sam Flint). With the arrival from back east of Barbara Forsythe (Phyllis Fraser), the doctor's daughter and Ginger Rogers lookalike, O'Brien happily changes the blackboard population sign from two to five. John determines to get even and operate the line anyway, after vacating a resident skunk from the stagecoach. On his first run into Buchanan City John learns of a coach race to be staged (fastest team to win a $25,000 government mail contract) and he signs up. A telegraph crew, drinking unknowingly of a poisoned ... Written by Les Adams <>

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WAYNE RIDES AGAIN on the BULLET-STUDDED TRAIL of REVENGE (original print ad) See more »


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6 July 1936 (USA)  »

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Stagecoach Run  »

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1.37 : 1
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In the final stage of the race, the long shots of the Crescent City coach show a driver with a light coloured vest wielding a whip in his right hand. The close shots show John Blair (John Wayne) wearing a dark coloured vest and with both hands holding reins. See more »

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Pony Express
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Well ladies and gentleman the Pony Express rides again,, this time with John Wayne leading the charge. A man and his partner ride into town looking to make some money,, and there chance is right in front of them 25,000 prize for the quickest Pony Express run.. Crescent City is where it all starts at,, and for the life of me I can't remember the ending point, but that's really not important,, so the Duke and his partner get the line,, now only to find out that the town in which they start at has a grand total of get this,, 2 people.. well eventually 3 more people are on the way so we got 5 all together,, the man who put up the prize money though isn't playing on the up and up , as he tries to sabotage the Duke and his partner from finishing the run from the one city to the other for the Pony Express,, I found this movie to be very interesting as I really don't know much about the origins of the Pony Express.

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