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Winds of the Wasteland -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Joseph F. Poland (screen play) and
Joseph F. Poland (original story)
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Release Date:
6 July 1936 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
A six-shooter writes the law as war flames on the range! Adventure---as bullets blaze the pioneer trail! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... John Blair
Phyllis Fraser ... Barbara Forsythe
Lew Kelly ... Rocky O'Brien
Douglas Cosgrove ... Cal Drake
Lane Chandler ... Larry Adams
Sam Flint ... Dr. William Forsythe
Bob Kortman ... Henchman Cherokee Joe (as Robert Kortman)
Ed Cassidy ... Mr. Dodge
Jon Hall ... 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 ... Buchanan City Marshal
Arthur Millett ... Buchanan City Postmaster
Tracy Layne ... Green
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yakima Canutt ... Henchman Smokey (uncredited)
Horace B. Carpenter ... Settler with Sick Child (uncredited)
Helen Gibson ... Settler's Wife (uncredited)
Herman Hack ... Townsman (uncredited)
Henry Hall ... Townsman (uncredited)
Lloyd Ingraham ... Man Showing Stage to Barbara (uncredited)
Jack Ingram ... Guard (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons ... Express Rider (uncredited)
Clyde McClary ... Townsman (uncredited)
Bud McClure ... Green - Guard (uncredited)
Art Mix ... Ed - Pony Express Rider (uncredited)
George Morrell ... Townsman (uncredited)
Bud Pope ... Henchman (uncredited)
Arthur Thalasso ... Race Starter (uncredited)
Francis Walker ... Townsman (uncredited)
Joe Yrigoyen ... Drake's Stage Driver (uncredited)
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Directed by
Mack V. Wright 
 
Writing credits
Joseph F. Poland  screen play (as Joseph Poland) and
Joseph F. Poland  original story (as Joseph Poland)

Produced by
Nat Levine .... producer
 
Cinematography by
William Nobles (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Jahns (film editor)
 
Sound Department
Terry Kellum .... sound engineer
 
Stunts
Yakima Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Tracy Layne .... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... stunts (uncredited)
Francis Walker .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Yrigoyen .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Murray Seldeen .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
Harry Grey .... musical supervision
James Branson .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Arthur Kay .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Leon Rosebrook .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Paul Van Loan .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Paul Malvern .... supervisor
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Stagecoach Run" - USA (DVD title)
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Runtime:
54 min
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Color:
Color (colorized version) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)
Certification:
Germany:6 | UK:U (original rating) (cut) | UK:U (video rating) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #2316) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Goofs:
Continuity: 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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Highly Recommended, 17 December 2009
Author: FightingWesterner from The Lonesome Prairie

With the advent of the telegraph, Pony Express rider John Wayne and his friend find themselves out of work with a few horses as severance pay. The two purchase a stage line to Crecent City and find out they were swindled, as Crecent City turns out to be a ghost town! However, the two have a plan to make it work by winning a mail contract and bringing in the telegraph.

One of Wayne's best B-pictures, Winds Of The Wasteland is irresistible, breezy fun, full of humor and can-do spirit, with a winning performance by the Duke.

An exciting stagecoach race, full of villainous treachery and thunderous action makes for a good, satisfying climax.

If you haven't seen any of Wayne's early westerns, this is a good place to start.

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