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Last of the Pony Riders (1953)

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.


George Archainbaud


Ruth Woodman (story), Ruth Woodman (screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
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 John Downey ... Tom McEwen
Howard Wright ... Clyde Vesey - Banker
Arthur Space ... Jess Hogan
Gregg Barton ... Dutch Murdoch
Smiley Burnette ... Smiley


The last, and aptly-titled, of Gene Autry's starring westerns finds Pony Express rider Gene Autry (Gene Autry) deciding to start a stage line to carry the mail, since with the coming of the telegraph, the need for the Pony Express no longer exists. He is fired by his boss Tom McEwen (John Downey) for being disloyal. Scheming townsmen Clyde Vesey (Howard Wright), Jess Hogan (Arthur Space') and Dutch Murdoch (Gregg Barton), in order to get a government mail contract for themselves, try to discredit McEwen's Pony Express riders by holding up rider Johnny Blair Dickie Jones), who is in love with McEwen's daughter Katie (Kathlee Case'). Gene and his pal Smiley (Smiley Burnette') smash the renegades and finally establish their own stage line, and Gene and which every version of "Champion' (Champion(II)' he was riding at the moment exit after 18 years of genre-changing B-westerns. And leaving with the question of why was a name not seen before on a B-western, Ruth Woodman, credited with the ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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GENE HITS THE DANGER TRAIL...to crush the badmen out to cripple the Pony Express! (original print ad) See more »


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Release Date:

3 November 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Last of the Pony Express See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gene Autry Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Final feature film for Gene Autry. See more »


Featured in Gene Autry: White Hat, Silver Screen (2007) See more »


Sing Me a Song of the Saddle
Written by Gene Autry
Sung by Gene Autry
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Gene and Champion ride into the sunset .....
18 May 2006 | by revdrcacSee all my reviews

This final movie from America's favorite Cowboy has all the elements that made Gene Autry a legend. As always, the action, pacing and supporting cast are top-notch. It was nice to see Gene's longtime sidekick Smiley Burnette back in the saddle again in the final films of the series.

Even folks who are not fans of the singing cowboys will be entertained by Autry's homage to the Pony Express.

Autry's post-war films feature less music, more interesting story lines and appropriate budgeting. This film is no exception, ,mixing history, humor and action to create a fitting swan-song for Gene, Smiley and the World's Wonder Horse.

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