Pony Express (TV series)

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Pony Express
Genre Western
Written by Paul King
Joseph Stone
Budd Lesser
John Meredyth Lucas
Sam Peckinpah
Directed by Frank McDonald
Jean Yarbrough
Starring Grant Sullivan
Don Dorrell
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 35
Producer(s) Tom McKnight
Robert Stillman
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 25 mins.
Production company(s) California National Productions
Original network Syndication
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original release 1959 – May 31, 1960 (1960-05-31)

Pony Express is an American western television series about the adventures of an agent in the 1860s of the Central Overland Express Company, better known as the Pony Express.[1] The half-hour program starring Grant Sullivan was created by California National Productions.[1] Pony Express ran for thirty-five episodes in syndication from the fall of 1959 until May 1960.[2]


The series featured two recurring roles: Grant Sullivan as Brett Clark, a roving investigator for the company, and Don Dorrell as Donovan, a young Pony Express rider. The majority of the weekly episodes involved Clark and Donovan solving various Pony Express mysteries.[3]


Pony Express was filmed at Iverson Movie Ranch in Chatsworth in Los Angeles County, California.[2] It was one of several western-themed television shows produced by CNP, including Boots and Saddles (1957–1958) and Union Pacific (1959–1960) and Frontier (1955-1956).[4] CNP created the series for the 100th anniversary of the actual Pony Express.[5]

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  1. ^ a b Jackson, Ronald; Abbot, Doug (April 23, 2008). 50 Years of The Television Western. AuthorHouse. p. 181. ISBN 978-1434359254.
  2. ^ a b "Pony Express (1959)". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved February 23, 2009.
  3. ^ Marill, Alvin H. (2011). Television Westerns: Six Decades of Sagebrush Sheriffs, Scalawags and Sidewinders. Scarecrow Press. p. 66. ISBN 978-0-8108-8132-7.
  4. ^ "Pony Express". Classic TV Archives. Retrieved January 30, 2013.
  5. ^ Erikson, Hal (November 5, 2001). Syndicated Television: The First Forty Years 1947-1987. McFarland & Company. p. 181. ISBN 978-0786411986.

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