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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 »
Genre:
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)

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 .... supervised by
 
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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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Language:
Color:
Color (colorized version) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA '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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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A positive review, 13 December 2003
Author: er681 from Ottawa, Canada

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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