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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)
Joe King ...
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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George Reeves as a young Buffalo Bill
26 October 2005 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

This was a short film made in 1940, back when they used to show features like this before or in between movies.

The plot is rather rather predicable -- and to my knowledge -- pretty historically inaccurate. It is about a privately owned parcel service that tries to link up Missouri and California. They believe their business will do better if they can get news of Abe Lincolns election to CA in record time, which upsets some Southern sympathizers who believe they won't get California to join the Confederacy if they know that Lincoln won. (?) What ever one wants to make of the plot, the important thing about the film is that absolutely beautiful western scenery in stunning technicolor, which seems to have been the real draw in the first place. In a time when very few films were in color -probably none that were shown with this - the audience must have really gotten a kick out of this films painting like cinematography and vivid action sequences.

It IS available on DVD -- I ran across it on the 1st season of "The Adventures of Superman"

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