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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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[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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Fun Short
23 December 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Pony Express Days (1940)

*** (out of 4)

Impressive Technicolor short from Warner features an young George Reeves playing the legendary "Buffalo" Bill Cody. In the film, Cody is turned down as a rider for the Pony Express but soon gets his shot when Indians kill another rider. An important message must get to California about Lincoln being elected President and without this message it could cause the state to pull from the union. Historic accuracies aside, this is a very entertaining little film that makes one wish that shorts still played a part in Hollywood today. Even though Eason directed over one-fifty films, he's probably best known for the stunts in the silent Ben-Hur but he handles the story and action here very well. He does a great job at keeping the film moving fast and the riding scenes are very well done as are the fight sequences. Reeves does a pretty good job in is role delivering a fine performance that allows him to show off his action skills but he also manages a few nice laughs as well.

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