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Pony Express (1953)

Charlton Heston , Rhonda Fleming , Jerry Hopper  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Charlton Heston, Rhonda Fleming, Forrest Tucker, Jan Sterling, Michael Moore
  • Directors: Jerry Hopper
  • Writers: Charles Marquis Warren, Frank Gruber
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Original recording remastered, NTSC, Full Screen, Color
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00782O7UM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,239 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Striking outdoor locations highlight Frank Gruber's story, which details the founding of the Pony Express and how it prevented California from becoming an independent republic. Ruthless killers (Henry Brandon, Stuart Randall) trying to incite a rebellion against the United States, employ devious schemes to prevent Buffalo Bill Cody (Charlton Heston) and Wild Bill Hickok (Forrest Tucker) from getting the Pony Express started. Rhonda Fleming and Michael Moore play siblings who are loyal Californians, violently opposed to the Pony Express and statehood. Directed by Jerry Hopper (The Secret of the Incas).

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Galloping Thrills of the Pony Express April 18, 2012
Format:DVD
I remember watching this movie on television on Saturdays and Sundays when I was growing up. Now, it's finally coming out on DVD. It's always a pleasure to watch the legendary actor (Ben Hur, The Big Country, Planet of the Apes, The Ten Commandments) Charlton Heston at work. While it might not be historically accurate, this movie does pay tribute to those early days of the Pony Express and the hardships that the riders encountered. Buffalo Bill (played by Charlton Heston) and Wild Bill Hickok (Forrest Tucker) join forces to establish a mail route that can get mail from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, in ten days. Along the way they must battle bad weather, hostile Indians and cunning outlaws intent on robbing the mail and shutting down the entire mail delivery operation. The supporting cast (Forrest Tucker, Rhonda Fleming, Jan Sterling) are excellent and help make this movie exciting, enjoyable and fun to watch.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Scenery February 8, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Charlton Heston stars as Buffalo Bill, who along with partner Wild Bill Hickock, played by Forrest Tucker, is attempting to set up the Pony Express to help connect California with the rest of the country. Beautiful Rhonda Fleming and her brother are part of a group trying to prevent that from happening, wanting California to go it alone, rather than be part of the Union. Not only must Chuck do battle with them, but there are also the Indians to consider, not to mention the nagging presence of Jan Sterling, a tomboy in love with him. Pony Express is not short on action and that is its saving grace. The plot and dialogue are routine, the direction uninspired, and the characters comes across as sketches. The beauty of Rhonda Fleming and the technicolor scenery helps to make this acceptable viewing. There could be a great movie made about the Pony Express. This just isn't it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Western April 29, 2012
By Phillip
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
What a fun exciting western with Heston playing Buffalo Bill Cody and Forest Tucker as Wild Bill Hickock. Great technicolor cinematography that has many well composed John Ford type shots make this movie beautiful to look at. The movie dramatizes the begining of the pony express with a California leaving the US subplot..I don't know how accurate the story is, but I was entertained.

Jan Sterling steals the movie as a lovesick tomboy..................what a performance!!

Heston is really good in this movie.................he actually plays his part with some humour..something he did not do in a lot of his roles..He shows he can really handle a horse in this movie.....in fact my 2 favorite Heston roles are this one and the role of the tough ranch foreman in The Big Country. If you like high quality westerns, this is a must have.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Western August 24, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Although the characters of Buffalo Bill Cody and Wild Bill Hickox are not exactly historically correct, this old western is fun to watch. The two Bills are up against a crew of politicians/civilians who want to make California independent from the United States. Buffalo Bill and Wild Bill are a threat to their plans with their own plan to connect Sacramento with the East Coast. Fun action and adventure, but not one of Heston's best.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars feed back May 6, 2012
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this is an excellent movie excellent performances from all the actors
as a matter of fact this product was excellent in all areas i will do more
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ACTION BUT December 22, 2013
By C6
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Story ping pongs back and forth with standard action. Once again if Charlton Heston was not in this you could not watch it with any credibility.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A great has been! September 3, 2013
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It was one of my great favorites as a boy. It's not that any more but it was great fun seeing it again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Time Western July 21, 2012
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Just an over all good western with plenty of star appeal.Great scenery.A descent transfer.Good story line.If you like a good family film,then saddle up and enjoy this western......support your favorite artists......
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 19 days ago by Lucien Dionne
4.0 out of 5 stars Pony Express
This is an excellent movie. I regularly select this movie to watch in my leisure time.
Published 24 days ago by Alexander Myers
5.0 out of 5 stars one of charlton hestons best films
this is one of Charlton heston best films next to ben hur and the ten commandments ranks right up there
Published 3 months ago by thomas c dobeck
4.0 out of 5 stars Pony Express
The DVD was clear. I enjoyed this movie because of the Historical view point of view. Also the movie was very entertaining.
Published 3 months ago by Jane Pennock
2.0 out of 5 stars DISAPPOINTING WESTERN
Good Cast but Charton Heston spends the movie imitating Randolph Scott!! Only fair but picture and sound are good! Chuck miscast in this one!
Published 5 months ago by AZRIFLEMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars pony express is the best
Great movie. charlton heston is my favorite actor. They need to make more movies like this. When you want a good movie, sometimes you have to get older movies.
Published 10 months ago by john tsantis
1.0 out of 5 stars very frustrated
when I WAS SEARCHING FOR THIS ITEm the search was ponyexpres/dvd I never wanted to watch a movie on my pc I was able to order the dvd the next day. Read more
Published 12 months ago by ken heinrich
5.0 out of 5 stars Pony Express
Charlton Hesston in Pony Express was awesome. If you are a Charlton Hesston fan you will want this in your collection. Product received as promised, as usual from Amazon.
Published 14 months ago by Roger
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Classic, Charlton Heston, is Charlton Heston, the story is in the traditional Hollywood style of the time. Good guys vs Bad Guys in a struggle to expand the west.
Published 16 months ago by John E. Ball Sr.
2.0 out of 5 stars lame
I like Charlton Heston in most of his movies but the writing/ lines are pretty bad. Why they called it "pony express" is a mystery to me. Read more
Published 17 months ago by richard c. dellaripa
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