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The Pony Express

The Pony Express

Betty Compson
Director: James Cruze Cast: Betty Compson
Betty Compson
, Ricardo Cortez
Ricardo Cortez
, Ernest Torrence
Ernest Torrence
James Cruze


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Having tackled a wagon train in the immensely popular The Covered Wagon (1922), James Cruze directed this would-be epic centered on the famed Pony Express. This time, however, audiences stayed away in droves. Cruze's old-fashioned staging was foremost to blame. He portrayed pretty vistas but little movement in his epics and Pony Express of course even lacked the novelty aspects that had made "Wagon" a box-office success. Austrian-born Ricardo Cortez starred as a gambler who joins the delivery service during the time of California's impending statehood. There is the obligatory Indian attack and a nasty villain played to the hilt by George Bancroft. Still and all, this silent version is superior in almost all aspects to the even more slow-moving 1953 remake starring Charlton Heston.

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Product Details

Release Date: 05/29/2012
UPC: 0842614103186
Original Release: 1925
Source: Grapevine Video
Sales rank: 53,532

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Betty Compson Molly Jones
Ricardo Cortez Dock Weston
Ernest Torrence "Ascension" Jones
Wallace Beery "Rhode Island" Red
George Bancroft Jack Slade
Frank Lackteen Charlie Bent
John Fox Billy Cody
William H. Turner William Russell
Charles Gerson Sam Clemens
Rose Tapley Aunt
Ernie S. Adams Shorty
Hank Bell Townsman
Albert Hart Sen. Glen
Toby Wing Girl
Vondell Darr Baby

Technical Credits
James Cruze Director,Producer
Karl Brown Cinematographer
Hugo Riesenfeld Score Composer
Walter Woods Screenwriter

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