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Frontier Pony Express (1939)

Approved | | Western | 12 April 1939 (USA)
Pony Express rider Roy and his sidekick must round up a pack of villains, as Yankee and Rebel forces contend for the allegiance of California, before Roy can turn his attentions to the girl.

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Ann Langhorne (as Mary Hart)
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Senator Calhoun Lassister
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Luke Johnson
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Dan Garrett (as William Royale)
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In the midst of the Civil War, Lassiter has a plan to get control of California. Working out of St. Joseph, he plans to send forged messages to the troops on the west coast via Pony Express. First he attempts to bribe Pony Express ride Roy Rogers. When Roy refuses he turns to the outlaw Johnson and his gang and this leads to trouble. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Correio da Fronteira  »

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Ann Langhorne: Who are those tough looking men?
Brett Langhorne: The big one leaning against the post is Luke Johnson. They say he is an outlaw.
Ann Langhorne: Well, why isn't he in prison?
Brett Langhorne: This isn't Maryland, honey. This is the frontier. The last two marshals that went after Johnson are dead.
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My Old Kentucky Home
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Written by Stephen Foster
Sung by Roy Rogers
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That critical year of 1860
12 August 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Frontier Pony Express finds Roy Rogers cast as the best rider that the Russell,Majors&Waddell firm employs for their new Pony Express. Though it only lasted barely a year the Pony Express has certainly become a legendary outfit. In real life they employed juveniles as they were light in the saddle and speed was essential, the same principle by which you hire jockeys. Buffalo Bill Cody worked for them when he was 13 years old.

As we also know it was that critical year of 1860 that the Pony Express operated and some southern gentleman are interested in the dispatches for the military it carries. When Roy Rogers can't be bribed the southerners resort to violence even making a deal with a notorious outlaw band headed by Noble Johnson. In fact the head southerner, a former US Senator Edward Keane has an agenda all his own.

Republic Pictures gave Roy two songs to sing the traditional Stephen Foster ballad My Old Kentucky Home and a song written for the film Rusty Spurs which Roy delivers in his warm style.

Getting the sidekick role is Raymond Hatton who played rustic types all the way back to the early silent years. Roy's leading lady is Lynne Roberts who in those early days before he met Dale Evans was his most frequent co-star.

Very traditional plot recycled thousands of times in these films and in more adult westerns. The front row kids liked this one I'm sure.


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