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Pony Express Days (1940)

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A youthful Buffalo Bill Cody joins the newly-formed Pony Express as a station hand and replaces the regular rider when he is shot by Southern sympathizer.



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Complete credited cast:
Johnny Frey
Bolliver Roberts
Nevada Jim (as J. Farrell McDonald)
Colonel Joseph Randall (as Joseph King)
Tipton Walton


Young Bill Cody wants to be a Pony Express rider, but is too heavy. When one of the riders is shot by Southern sympathizers while delivering vital mail, Cody must ride the route himself. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Release Date:

13 July 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone release #9834-9835. See more »


[last lines]
Nevada Jim: [to Johnny] I'm goin' back to huntin' buffalo where a man can use his brains. My young friend Buffalo Bill is comin' along with me.
[to Bill]
Nevada Jim: Ain't yuh, hunh?
Johnny Frey: [to Bill] So, you've been believin' ol' Nevady's lies all along?
Nevada Jim: Hunh?
Bill 'Billy' Cody: Buffalo Bill Cody? It's got kinda a nice sound, doesn't it, Johnny?
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Oh! Susanna
(1848) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Played in the saloon and as background music
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PONY EXPRESS DAYS (B. Reeves Eason, 1940) **1/2
19 May 2007 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Included on the First Season Warners DVD of the ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN TV series, this Technicolor Western short stars the future "Man Of Steel" himself, George Reeves, as another legendary character - "Buffalo Bill". Directed by second-unit expert B. Reeves Eason (he was responsible, among other things, for the legendary chariot race sequence in the Silent version of BEN-HUR [1925]), the film details the short-lived long-distance mail service provided by the Pony Express company. It's set immediately prior to the outbreak of the American Civil War, with the rough-riding but dedicated company employees commissioned to deliver pressing news of the delicate situation from one state to the other by horse - an arduous and risky journey which takes a number of days and necessitates them to make several stops at strategic points along the way in order to exchange horses. Invariably, they also have to contend with enemy agents determined not to allow these vital messages to go through - so that, in the meantime, agitators can insidiously work on the population of neutral states so as to rally them to their particular cause! Reeves's Bill Cody is a wannabe Pony Express rider who gets his chance when one of the men is wounded in an ambush and can't complete his journey. Intriguing, action-packed and boasting rich colors, the film is pleasant and unassuming entertainment of the kind they don't make 'em like anymore.

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