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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)

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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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 '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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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
The Great Stagecoach Race, 30 April 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Former Pony Express Riders John Wayne and Lane Chandler get some free horses when the Pony Express disbands and decide to start a stagecoach line. Easier said than done when a crooked stagecoach entrepreneur, Douglas Cosgrove, sells them a worthless route to a ghost town.

Well not quite a ghost town, there are two inhabitants there. But through good old American know how and some hard work, Wayne and Chandler make a go of it. The town springs back to life in the process.

Though this is a poverty row B film with production values of same, this is one of the Duke's better B films of his pre-Stagecoach period. I like the plot very much and there is an exciting climax with a stagecoach race to see who wins the government mail contract.

And why wouldn't it be exciting since the King of Stuntmen, Yakima Canutt who did the chariot race in Ben-Hur had a hand in this one.

Also look for a very nice performance from character actor Lew Kelly, the "Mayor" of the ghost town who keeps having a run in with a persistent skunk who has taken up residence in the old stagecoach Wayne and Chandler buy.

But that's no comment on the picture.

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