The Pony Express [DVD] [1925]

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The Pony Express
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. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Betty Compson
    Betty Compson - Molly Jones
  • Ricardo Cortez
    Ricardo Cortez - Dock Weston
  • Ernest Torrence
    Ernest Torrence - "Ascension" Jones
  • Wallace Beery
    Wallace Beery - "Rhode Island" Red
  • George Bancroft
    George Bancroft - Jack Slade
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