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Frontier Pony Express (1939)

Approved | | Western | 12 April 1939 (USA)
Pony Express rider Roy and his sidekick must round up a pack of villains, as Yankee and Rebel forces contend for the allegiance of California, before Roy can turn his attentions to the girl.


Joseph Kane


Norman S. Hall (original screenplay) (as Norman Hall)

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Complete credited cast:
Roy Rogers ... Pony Express Rider Roy Rogers
Lynne Roberts ... Ann Langhorne (as Mary Hart)
Raymond Hatton ... Horseshoe
Edward Keane ... Senator Calhoun Lassister
Noble Johnson ... Luke Johnson
Monte Blue ... Cherokee
Don Dillaway ... Brett Langhorne
William Royle ... Dan Garrett (as William Royale)
Ethel Wales ... Mrs. Murphy


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Brave men on gallant horses...risking life and limb on the western plains...to insure the safety of their precious cargoes.




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Release Date:

12 April 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Correio da Fronteira See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ann Langhorne: Who are those tough looking men?
Brett Langhorne: The big one leaning against the post is Luke Johnson. They say he is an outlaw.
Ann Langhorne: Well, why isn't he in prison?
Brett Langhorne: This isn't Maryland, honey. This is the frontier. The last two marshals that went after Johnson are dead.
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Decent Story & Pretty Good Action
5 February 2002 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This Roy Rogers feature has a pretty good story and a good dose of action. It has Roy working as a Pony Express rider during the Civil War, who must try to foil a series of plots against the mail service. There is quite a bit to the story for a B-feature, and while the characters all remain one-dimensional, the plot, while at times implausible, is good enough to keep your attention all the way through. It's one of Rogers's earlier starring roles, so there are only a couple of songs, with more of an emphasis on the action. It all makes for a fast-paced movie that works as light entertainment. Most fans of old Westerns should find this one worthwhile.

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