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Winds of the Wasteland (1936)

Passed | | Comedy, Western | 6 July 1936 (USA)
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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(screen play) (as Joseph Poland), (original story) (as Joseph Poland)
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John Blair
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Douglas Cosgrove ...
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Sam Flint ...
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Henchman Cherokee Joe (as Robert Kortman)
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Jim - Pony Express Rider (as Charles Locher)
Merrill McCormick ...
Henchman Pete (as W.M. McCormick)
Christian J. Frank ...
Telegraph Crew Chief (as Chris Franke)
Jack Rockwell ...
Arthur Millett ...
Tracy Layne ...
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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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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

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Comedy | Western

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Passed | See all certifications »

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6 July 1936 (USA)  »

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Stagecoach Run  »

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(RCA 'High Fidelity' Sound System)

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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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A positive review
13 December 2003 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

Winds of The Wasteland is a vastly underappreciated film. Having seen most of John Wayne's pre 1939 westerns (including some of his more highly regarded ones such as Randy Rides Alone, Hell Town aka Born To The West, Blue Steel, West Of The Divide, Sagebrush Trail and Riders of Destiny) this is the most entertaining. It has a great story that is well played by the primary actors, though the doctor is a little wooden. Of all Wayne's shorts, I would first recommend this one. Get the colourized version if possible. It may be heretical to say, but the colourized shorts are more enjoyable and most are available.


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