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Release Date:
3 November 1953 (USA) See more »
GENE HITS THE DANGER crush the badmen out to cripple the Pony Express! (original print ad) See more »
Ex-Pony Express rider Autry ties to protect his US mail franchise as the Pony Express gives way to stage coach mail and the telegraph. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Gene Autry ... Gene Autry

Champion ... Champ (as Champion World's Wonder Horse)
Kathleen Case ... Katie McEwen

Dickie Jones ... Johnny Blair (as Dick Jones)
John Downey ... Tom McEwen
Howard Wright ... Clyde Vesey - Banker

Arthur Space ... Jess Hogan

Gregg Barton ... Dutch Murdoch

Smiley Burnette ... Smiley
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jimmie Booth ... Townsman (uncredited)
Art Dillard ... Henchman (uncredited)

Herman Hack ... Townsman (uncredited)

Robert 'Buzz' Henry ... Yank - Express Rider (uncredited)
Harry Hines ... Bindlestiff (uncredited)
Fred Krone ... Henchman (uncredited)
Harry Mackin ... Cliff Patrick (uncredited)

Frankie Marvin ... Bank Clerk (uncredited)

Kermit Maynard ... Henchman (uncredited)

Directed by
George Archainbaud 
Writing credits
Ruth Woodman (story)

Ruth Woodman (screenplay)

Produced by
Armand Schaefer .... producer
Cinematography by
William Bradford (director of photography)
Film Editing by
James Sweeney 
Art Direction by
Ross Bellah 
Set Decoration by
Dave Montrose  (as David Montrose)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carter De Haven Jr. .... assistant director (as Carter DeHaven Jr.)
Sound Department
Jack F. Lilly .... sound engineer (as Jack Lilly)
Robert 'Buzz' Henry .... stunts (uncredited)
Kermit Maynard .... stunts (uncredited)
Sandy Sanders .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Ross DiMaggio .... musical director
Paul Mertz .... music supervisor
George Duning .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Paul Sawtell .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
George Rutter .... script supervisor (uncredited)

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58 min
Black and White (Sepiatone)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #16525)

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Final feature film for Gene Autry.See more »
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A Last Ride, 2 October 2007
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

Good, strong story line lifts this final Autry programmer above the usual. Just as in real life, Gene sees a good business opportunity where others don't-- in the movie it's stage-line mail delivery replacing the older, more limited pony express. But he can't convince his pony express employer to partner up in starting a stage-line. Still, Gene's a loyal cuss, and can't bring himself to ignore the express when bad guy rivals try to sabotage his former boss. There are more plot complications and character conflict than usual, probably reflecting a need to break away from old formulas.

Dick Jones makes an energetic express rider, even getting to passion-kiss Elizabeth Taylor look-alike Kathleen Case. Of course, by this time Gene's nearly 50 and looking understandably middle-aged, so the kids carry much of the plot. Two of the highlights-- the bucking bronco scene is very well done, while Gene's little singing duet with Burnette comes across as a delightfully fitting farewell to a memorable movie partnership.Also, I was kind of hoping that Gene, who started out as a telegrapher, would get a last scene working the telegraph. But maybe he didn't know his role here would be his final feature (the TV series ended in 1955). Anyway, this is not only an entertaining 60 minutes, but also an interesting and informative one as well. A quality final note for a much beloved performer and cowboy icon.

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