Frontier Pony Express (1939)

58 mins | Western | 20 April 1939

Director:

Joseph I. Kane

Writer:

Norman S. Hall

Cinematographer:

William Nobles

Editor:

Gene Milford

Production Company:

Republic Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Frontier Express . Although the film contained some songs, their titles and composers have not been determined. According to a news item in HR , George "Gabby" Hayes was scheduled to co-star with Roy Rogers in this picture, but he was working on Man of Conquest and could not appear. Modern sources add George Letz , Charles King, Bud Osborne, Fred Burns, Jack Kirk, Bob McKenzie, Ernie Adams, Hank Bell and Jack O'Shea to the ... More Less

The working title of this film was Frontier Express . Although the film contained some songs, their titles and composers have not been determined. According to a news item in HR , George "Gabby" Hayes was scheduled to co-star with Roy Rogers in this picture, but he was working on Man of Conquest and could not appear. Modern sources add George Letz , Charles King, Bud Osborne, Fred Burns, Jack Kirk, Bob McKenzie, Ernie Adams, Hank Bell and Jack O'Shea to the cast. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
12 Apr 39
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Feb 39
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Feb 39
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Mar 39
p. 2.
Motion Picture Daily
17 Apr 39
p. 14.
Motion Picture Herald
15 Apr 39
p. 61.
Variety
12 Apr 39
p. 13.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Frontier Express
Release Date:
20 April 1939
Production Date:
late February--6 March 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
20 April 1939
Copyright Number:
LP8794
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA "High Fidelity" Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
58
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5178
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In the West, during the time of the Civil War, Pony Express rider Roy Rogers delivers the mail on the frontier. Both the Union and Confederate forces seek the allegiance of California, and complications arise when Brett Langhorne, a newspaper reporter from the South, and his sister Ann are duped by Lassiter, a former senator of the Confederacy, into helping him. Believing that Lassiter is working for the Confederacy, Brett becomes involved in his scheme to send forged dispatches that would dictate the movement of Union troops in California. In reality, Lassiter cares nothing for the South, as his only desire is to create a Californian empire for himself. To accomplish this, Lassiter teams with outlaw Luke Johnson to steal a shipment of gold vouchers meant for the Confederacy. When Brett learns of Lassiter's treachery, he is shot by Lassiter, but before dying, exposes Lassiter's plan to steal the gold shipment. Roy and his faithful horse Trigger then race to save the dispatches, and with the help of the Union army, capture the ... +


In the West, during the time of the Civil War, Pony Express rider Roy Rogers delivers the mail on the frontier. Both the Union and Confederate forces seek the allegiance of California, and complications arise when Brett Langhorne, a newspaper reporter from the South, and his sister Ann are duped by Lassiter, a former senator of the Confederacy, into helping him. Believing that Lassiter is working for the Confederacy, Brett becomes involved in his scheme to send forged dispatches that would dictate the movement of Union troops in California. In reality, Lassiter cares nothing for the South, as his only desire is to create a Californian empire for himself. To accomplish this, Lassiter teams with outlaw Luke Johnson to steal a shipment of gold vouchers meant for the Confederacy. When Brett learns of Lassiter's treachery, he is shot by Lassiter, but before dying, exposes Lassiter's plan to steal the gold shipment. Roy and his faithful horse Trigger then race to save the dispatches, and with the help of the Union army, capture the scoundrels. +

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