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Winds of the Wasteland (1936)

The arrival of the telegraph put Pony Express riders like John Blair and his pal Smoky out of work. A race will decide whether they or stageline owner Drake get the government mail contract.

Director:

Mack V. Wright

Writers:

Joseph F. Poland (screen play) (as Joseph Poland), Joseph F. Poland (original story) (as Joseph Poland)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... John Blair
Phyllis Fraser Phyllis Fraser ... Barbara Forsythe
Lew Kelly Lew Kelly ... Rocky O'Brien
Douglas Cosgrove Douglas Cosgrove ... Cal Drake
Lane Chandler ... Larry Adams
Sam Flint ... Dr. William Forsythe
Bob Kortman ... Cherokee Joe - Henchman (as Robert Kortman)
Ed Cassidy ... Mr. Dodge
Jon Hall ... Jim - Pony Express Rider (as Charles Locher)
Merrill McCormick Merrill McCormick ... Pete - Henchman (as W.M. McCormick)
Christian J. Frank Christian J. Frank ... Telegraph Crew Chief (as Chris Franke)
Jack Rockwell ... Buchanan City Marshal
Arthur Millett Arthur Millett ... Buchanan City Postmaster
Tracy Layne Tracy Layne ... Green
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Storyline

The Pony Express days are coming to an end, with riders John Blair (John Wayne) and his friend Larry Adams (Lane Chandler), both about 75 pounds too heavy for the original job description, out of a job. They pay Cal Drake (Douglas Cosgrove) of Buchanan City a big price for the Crescent City line and equipment, and arrive there to find it is a ghost mining town and has only two residents: eccentric, self-proclaimed Mayor "Rocky" O'Brien (Lew Kelly) and Dr. William Forsythe (Sam Flint). With the arrival from back east of Barbara Forsythe (Phyllis Fraser), the doctor's daughter and Ginger Rogers lookalike, O'Brien happily changes the blackboard population sign from two to five. John determines to get even and operate the line anyway, after vacating a resident skunk from the stagecoach. On his first run into Buchanan City John learns of a coach race to be staged (fastest team to win a $25,000 government mail contract) and he signs up. A telegraph crew, drinking unknowingly of a poisoned ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 July 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stagecoach Run See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA 'High Fidelity' Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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There are two scenes with a skunk in the coach. You can tell that this is the same film used more than once. See more »

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A positive review
13 December 2003 | by er681See all my reviews

Winds of The Wasteland is a vastly underappreciated film. Having seen most of John Wayne's pre 1939 westerns (including some of his more highly regarded ones such as Randy Rides Alone, Hell Town aka Born To The West, Blue Steel, West Of The Divide, Sagebrush Trail and Riders of Destiny) this is the most entertaining. It has a great story that is well played by the primary actors, though the doctor is a little wooden. Of all Wayne's shorts, I would first recommend this one. Get the colourized version if possible. It may be heretical to say, but the colourized shorts are more enjoyable and most are available.


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