Pony Express (film)
|Directed by||Jerry Hopper|
|Produced by||Nat Holt|
|Written by||Frank Gruber (story)|
Charles Marquis Warren (writer)
|Music by||Paul Sawtell|
|Edited by||Eda Warren|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Box office||$1.4 million (US)|
Pony Express is a 1953 American western film directed by Jerry Hopper and starring Charlton Heston as Buffalo Bill, Forrest Tucker as Wild Bill Hickok, Jan Sterling as a Calamity Jane-type character, and Rhonda Fleming that was filmed in Kanab, Utah. The story is largely based on the 1925 silent film The Pony Express with the threat of a Californian secession from Frontier Pony Express (1939). The film tells a completely imaginary account of the formation of the Pony Express rapid transcontinental mail delivery in the United States in 1860-1861. The picture gives no credit to the real founders of the Pony Express. Buffalo Bill Cody did ride for them —he signed up when he was 15 years old.
In 1860 Buffalo Bill and Wild Bill Hickok join forces to establish a mail route from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California. On the way they battle the weather, hostile Indians and California secessionists intent on shutting the operation down to encourage California to secede from the Union.
- Charlton Heston as William Frederick 'Buffalo Bill' Cody
- Rhonda Fleming as Evelyn Hastings
- Forrest Tucker as Wild Bill Hickok
- Jan Sterling as Denny Russell
- Michael Moore as Rance Hastings
- Porter Hall as Jim Bridger
- Richard Shannon as Red Barrett
- Henry Brandon as Joe Cooper
- Stuart Randall as Pemberton
- Lewis Martin as Sergeant Russell
- Pat Hogan as Chief Yellow Hand
- Eric Alden as Miller
- Howard Joslin as Harvey
- Pony Express, TV series
- 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1953', Variety, January 13, 1954
- "Western movies filmed in Kanab". Deseret News. 2001-10-25. Retrieved 2013-12-01.
- Popular Science - Google Books. Books.google.com.au. Retrieved 2013-12-01.
- D'Arc, James V. (2010). When Hollywood came to town: a history of moviemaking in Utah (1st ed.). Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith. ISBN 9781423605874.
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