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The end of the trail.
dinky-4 from Minneapolis
14 July 2002
By 1950 the multi-chapter serial had about come to the end of its run,
hastened by the spread of television. Thus there's a tired, worn-out
to "Cody." Little of the verve and excitement of earlier serials is
here and the cast members don't seem to have their heart in their work.
of them are simply going through the motions.
On another level of criticism, "Cody" suffers from the structural defect
having two heroes. Dickie Moore plays the title character. In the opening
narration it's explained that young "Cody" -- now a lowly Pony Express
-- will eventually grow up to become the famous Buffalo Bill Cody, but
nothing is made of this revelation. It might as well have been "Smith of
Jock Mahoney plays an army lieutenant who's assigned to protect the Pony
Express. He makes a more suitable serial-hero than does Moore but rarely
gets a chance to dominate the action. His character and Moore's are too
often Siamese-twinned together even though there's no compelling reason
should be a team. They lack "chemistry." Also, Mahoney's given no chance
show off his chest. He was in his prime here, about 30 years old, and one
wishes a way could have been found to get him out of that buckskin shirt.
(Mahoney's impressive physique received plenty of exposure in his two
movies but by then he was in early 40's.)
Peggy Stewart has nothing to do as the heroine. She and Mahoney pair off
the final scene but there's never any sense of a romance growing up
them. George J. Lewis makes an obvious and uncharismatic
Despite the open space afforded by a western setting, "Cody" has a cramped
sort of feeling, with virtually all of the action shifting back and forth
between a Pony Express relay station and the nearby town. This was
done as an economic decision -- as was the use of b&w photography -- but
lessens the overall result.
For the record, here are the titles of the serial's 15 chapters: #1 Cody
Carries the Mail, #2 Captured by Indians, #3 Cody Saves a Life, #4 Cody
Follows a Trail, #5 Cody to the Rescue, #6 The Fatal Arrow, #7 Cody Gets
Man, #8 Renegade Raiders, #9 Frontier Law, #10 Cody Tempts Fate, #11
at Silver Gap, #12 Cody Comes Through, #13 Marshal of Nugget City, #14
from the Sky!, #15 Cody's Last Ride.
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