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Pony Express (1953)

Approved | | History, Romance, Western | May 1953 (USA)
Buffalo Bill and Wild Bill Hickock work to establish the Pony Express and fight Indians and California Separatists who seek to destroy it.

Director:

Jerry Hopper

Writers:

Charles Marquis Warren (screenplay), Frank Gruber (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charlton Heston ... Buffalo Bill Cody
Rhonda Fleming ... Evelyn Hastings
Jan Sterling ... Denny Russell
Forrest Tucker ... Wild Bill Hickok
Michael Moore Michael Moore ... Rance Hastings
Porter Hall ... Jim Bridger
Richard Shannon Richard Shannon ... Red Barrett
Henry Brandon ... Joe Cooper
Stuart Randall ... Pemberton
Lewis Martin Lewis Martin ... Sgt. Russell
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Storyline

Buffalo Bill and Wild Bill Hickok join forces to establish a mail route that can get mail from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, in ten days. Along the way they must battle bad weather, hostile Indians and outlaws intent on robbing the mail and shutting down the entire operation. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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GALLOPING THRILLS! A mighty adventure when America's destiny rode in the saddle bags of the...PONY EXPRESS See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le triomphe de Buffalo Bill See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,400,000, 31 December 1953
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Nat Holt Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The real Buffalo Bill (William F. Cody) was only 14 when the Pony Express was established. See more »

Goofs

The legendary duel between Yellow Hand and Buffalo Bill took place in 1876, sixteen years after the Pony Express was created. See more »

Quotes

Captain William Frank 'Buffalo Bill' Cody: [to Indians] Next time send your chief Yellow Hand after me.
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Connections

Remake of The Pony Express (1925) See more »

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Enjoyable Western based on factual account...
12 November 1999 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

In 1860, Buffalo Bill Cody and Wild Bill Hickok joined their strength to establish a communication route with the East through a fresh and fast relay stations of young riders on horseback...

Charlton Heston plays the legendary mountain man, buffalo hunter, U. S. Army Scout and Indian fighter and backer of the 'Pony Express' from St. Joseph to Sacramento in only ten days... Forrest Tucker plays his friend Wild Bill Hickok, an U. S. Marshal who brought order to the frontier with many encounters with outlaws among them Michael Moore (Lance Hastings) and Henry Brandon (Cooper) whose plans are to destroy the relay stations and ambush the express riders...

The film is loaded with action scenes and amusing moments...

  • When Heston stops a stagecoach and tells the coachman: 'I'm Buffalo Bill Cody.' 'Sure, and I'm Wild Bill Hickok,' replies the driver... Coming alongside and smiling, Heston says: 'Nope, You're not that ugly!'


  • When Heston meets Tucker arriving in town... Their courteous words are replaced by a shooting game, a rare but funny expression of friendship, putting holes in each other's garments including Tucker's nine dollars expensive hat... 'It's fancier than shaking hands,' expresses Jan Sterling to Rhonda Fleming from the window of her hotel...


-When Jan Sterling comes into the presence of the famous 'Pair of Bills,' wishing to increase her impression on Buffalo Bill with a fancy pink dress... Seeing her, Heston notes: 'Why not you go back and put some clothes on!'

Rhonda Fleming plays Evelyn Hastings, the ravishing wealthy redhead, who falls in love with Heston, leaving alone her brother who never wanted the 'Pony Express' to get through..-

Jan Sterling plays the sincere pretty blonde who loves so much Buffalo Bill...

Filmed in Technicolor, this enjoyable Western, based on factual account, is adequately entertaining...


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