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The Pony Express (1925)


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Cast overview:
Betty Compson ... Molly Jones
Ricardo Cortez ... Jack Weston
Ernest Torrence ... 'Ascension' Jones
Wallace Beery ... Rhode Island Red
George Bancroft ... Jack Slade
Frank Lackteen ... Charlie Bent
Johnny Fox Johnny Fox ... Billie Cody (as John Fox Jr.)
William H. Turner ... William Russell (as William Turner)
Al Hart ... Senator Glen (as Albert Hart)
Charles Gerson Charles Gerson ... Sam Clemens
Rose Tapley ... Aunt
Vondell Darr Vondell Darr ... Baby


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The Rockies and Sierras, sunshine and snow, love and hate, men and beasts, war and peace- all rolled into a character picture which will never be duplicated. (Print Ad- The Blair Press,((Blair, Wisconsin)) 10 December 1925)









Release Date:

4 September 1925 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Correio a Cavalo See more »


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Paramount Pictures See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Following the successful telecasts of Othello (1922) and The Eagle (1925), New York City's WJZ (Channel 7), began a weekly series of Sunday evening silent film feature presentations, shown more or less in their entirety, which aired intermittently for the next twelve months. This feature, at least the edited Kodascope Version, which would have been all that was available at that time, was initially broadcast Sunday 28 November 1948, and, like the rest of the series, aired simultaneously on sister stations WFIL (Channel 6) (Philadelphia) and freshly launched WAAM (Channel 13) (Baltimore), an innovation at the time; the following week's selection would be The Drop Kick (1927). See more »


Remade as Pony Express (1953) See more »

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Bad History Great Spectacle
29 April 2004 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Cruze attempted to follow up the success of THE COVERED WAGON with this rousing story of the founding of the Pony Express in the early days of the Civil War. Plenty of talent is entertainingly displayed, from Wallace Beery as "Rhode Island Red" (puh-leeze!) at his coyest and the ever-delightful Betty Compson to excellent camera-work by Karl Brown. But a script devoted more to fanciful attempts by the Knights of the Golden Circle -- a sort of Ur-Ku Klux Klan -- to lynch their way to power, random road agents and the assertion that a running man with a revolver can shoot down three stationary men with rifles makes hash of the entire show.

Still, if you enjoy the sort of piffle that suffused the western for many years, you will enjoy this Cecil B. Demille sort of western And if you can find a clean copy of this work it is a delight to the eyes.

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