Winds Of The Wasteland (1936)

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    • Winds Of The Wasteland (1936)

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      Plot Summary
      The arrival of the telegraph put Pony Express riders
      like John Blair and his pal Smoky out of work.
      A race will decide whether they or stageline owner
      Drake get the government mail contract.

      Full Cast
      John Wayne .... John Blair
      Phyllis Fraser .... Barbara Forsythe
      Lew Kelly .... Mayor Rocky O'Brien
      Douglas Cosgrove .... Cal Drake (Buchanan Stage Line)
      Lane Chandler .... Larry Adams (Blair's partner)
      Sam Flint .... Dr. William 'Doc' Forsythe
      Bob Kortman .... Cherokee Joe (henchman) (as Robert Kortman)
      Ed Cassidy .... Mr. Dodge (Pony Express manager)
      Jon Hall .... Jim (Pony Express rider) (as Charles Locher)
      Merrill McCormick .... Henchman Pete (as W.M. McCormick)
      Christian J. Frank .... Graham, Telegraph crew chief (as Chris Franke)
      Jack Rockwell .... Buchanan City Marshal
      Arthur Millett .... Postmaster In Buchanan City
      Tracy Layne .... Reed
      Yakima Canutt .... Smokey (uncredited)
      Horace B. Carpenter .... Settler with sick child (uncredited)
      Herman Hack .... Townsman (uncredited)
      Henry Hall .... Townsman (uncredited)
      Lloyd Ingraham .... Man showing stage to Barbara (uncredited)
      Jack Ingram .... Guard (uncredited)
      Cliff Lyons .... Express rider (uncredited)
      Murdock MacQuarrie .... Townsman (uncredited)
      Clyde McClary .... Townsman (uncredited)
      Bud McClure .... Green (guard) (uncredited)
      Art Mix .... Ed (Pony Express rider) (uncredited)
      George Morrell .... Townsman (uncredited)
      Bud Pope .... Henchman (uncredited)
      Francis Walker .... Townsman (uncredited)
      Joe Yrigoyen .... Pike, Drake's stage driver (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Joseph F. Poland (story and screenplay)

      William Nobles

      Yakima Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
      Tracy Layne .... stunts (uncredited)
      Cliff Lyons .... stunts (uncredited)
      Francis Walker .... stunts (uncredited)
      Joe Yrigoyen .... stunts (uncredited)

      Filming Locations
      Agoura Ranch, Agoura, California, USA
      Brandeis Ranch, Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California, USA
      Sacramento River Valley, California, USA
      Sierra Nevada Mountains, California, USA
      (stock footage)

      Watch the Full Movie

      Winds of the Wasteland
      Best Wishes
      London- England

      The post was edited 9 times, last by ethanedwards ().

    • Winds of the Wasteland is a 1936 Western film, starring John Wayne and Phyllis Fraser.
      The film was directed by Mack V. Wright, and was released by Republic Pictures.
      The rights on this movie haven't been renewed, so this movie is legally free to watch on various internet sites,
      and sometimes features a colorized version under the title Stagecoach Run.

      This oater, was one of the earlier releases of the new amalgamated Republic Studios.
      This is one of my favourites.

      Duke and his pal, are made redundant from the Pony Express,
      and as a leaving gift, they are allowed to take some horses.
      They set up their own stage line, but are given a ghost town as
      a base, but it's not long before they secure a government contract
      by winning a thrilling stagecoach race.

      I have this film on VHS in a re-dubbed Colour verion,
      the dubbing, of what seems to be someone else speaking Duke,
      is awful, but it doesn't distract from a very enjoyable film.

      User Review
      The Great Stagecoach Race
      30 April 2006 | by bkoganbing (Buffalo, New York)

      Former Pony Express Riders John Wayne and Lane Chandler get some free horses when the Pony Express disbands and decide to start a stagecoach line. Easier said than done when a crooked stagecoach entrepreneur, Douglas Cosgrove, sells them a worthless route to a ghost town.

      Well not quite a ghost town, there are two inhabitants there. But through good old American know how and some hard work, Wayne and Chandler make a go of it. The town springs back to life in the process.

      Though this is a poverty row B film with production values of same, this is one of the Duke's better B films of his pre-Stagecoach period. I like the plot very much and there is an exciting climax with a stagecoach race to see who wins the government mail contract.

      And why wouldn't it be exciting since the King of Stuntmen, Yakima Canutt who did the chariot race in Ben-Hur had a hand in this one.

      Also look for a very nice performance from character actor Lew Kelly, the "Mayor" of the ghost town who keeps having a run in with a persistent skunk who has taken up residence in the old stagecoach Wayne and Chandler buy.

      But that's no comment on the picture.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • I thought that ghost town was kind of neat, and I admired their Yankee ingenuity with the stage line and how they were able to gain the contracts for the mail, at the same time influencing the railroad to come through their town. And John Wayne even ended up with the girl in this one! :lol:

      Chester :newyear:
    • Hi all,
      I received this film on DVD today and enjoyed it a lot. It was shown on our TV sometimes ago, but I unfortunatly missed it, becouse was not in the city and my brother whom I ask to record it, forget to do it. So I was always anxscios to see this movie and it proved my expectations.
      Senta :rolleyes:
    • Re: Winds Of The Wasteland (1936)

      Keith we seem to have the same version on VHS, the version I have is colourised and Dukes voice is defently dubbed.

      Incidentally does the DVD version contain the original soundtrack?

      This is defently one B movie all John Wayne fans should see, its very good.

    • Re: Winds Of The Wasteland (1936)

      Senta wrote:

      Double-feature DVD from Canada company Cascadia Entertaiment. The voice was his own in both movies. I bought this disc on Abebooks, they sometimes have DVDs and VHS on sale.


      I don't have the DVD, but here's a post by Vera!

      I think it's great, and you know Robbie,
      they could have re-made this one in Duke's later life!!
      Best Wishes
      London- England
    • Re: Winds Of The Wasteland (1936)

      An entertaining little B-Western with some wonderful stagecoach scenes. A fine mixture of Action, Humor, Romance and John Wayne.:thumbs_up:
      "You're too good to give a chance to." John Wayne as Cole Thornton in El Dorado (1966)
    • Re: Winds Of The Wasteland (1936)

      For those who have never seen this movie, you can watch it when you click on the link below. Enjoy!

      "I couldn't go to sleep at night if the director didn't call 'cut'. "