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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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Crescent City - Population 4 - "Watch Us Grow" See more (14 total) »

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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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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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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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Crescent City - Population 4 - "Watch Us Grow", 31 July 2011
Author: JSwallowX1 from Ireland

One of many B-westerns that John "The Duke" Wayne starred in before moving on to A-pictures in the late 1930's, "Winds of the Wasteland" holds up today as being one of the more enjoyable and exciting ones. It's a tale of corruption and deceit set in the Old West in California, and is actually an interesting look at the power of the human spirit, believe it or not, as these films were never really renowned for going anywhere above the fights, soppy and smooth-as-sandpaper-romances that it chopped up and mashed together onto the screen for people's enjoyment before the big picture was shown. Set in 1861, with the arrival of the telegraph, Pony Express workers are put out of business. John Blair (John Wayne) and his pal Larry Adams decide to take their severance pay and set themselves up in the stage coach business. They travel to Buchanan City and ask local magnate Cal Drake to set them up by selling them a stage coach. Drake tells them where they can find one, and also sells them a line out of his own franchise for them to work on - a line out to Crescent City. Blair and Smoky travel to Crescent City only to find a ghost town. Only two people are still living here - the mayor Rocky who looks mentally retarded and the extremely laid back Doctor Forsythe. Obviously, they've been handed a raw deal here but Blair, being a very smart and confident man, decides to make do with what he has to get back at Drake by entering a stagecoach race against Drake's men to win a $25,000 government contract.

John Wayne makes do as usual here with the flimsy script he is given, but Lew Kelly really got on my nerves during the film. The man looks mentally challenged and whenever he talks it looks like the eyes are going to pop out of his mad looking head. Custom with these films, there's a love interest for John Wayne's character provided by Ginger Roger's cousin Phyllis Fraser. Douglas Cosgrove plays Cal Drake who you just hope is going to get a bullet in his head before the film is over with, and Blair's buddy Larry is played by Lane Chandler. There's actually a lot of humour in this, which isn't very common for these films which are usually quite serious. "Winds of the Wasteland" is one of the better B-westerns The Duke appeared in before finally going A-star in 1939 with John Ford's "Stagecoach".

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