Pony Express (film)


Pony Express is a 1953 American Western film directed by Jerry Hopper, filmed in Kanab, Utah, and starring Charlton Heston as Buffalo Bill, Forrest Tucker as Wild Bill Hickok, Jan Sterling as a Calamity Jane-type character, and Rhonda Fleming.[2] The story is largely based on the 1925 silent film The Pony Express while the threat of a Californian secession is taken from Frontier Pony Express (1939).

Pony Express
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Film poster
Directed byJerry Hopper
Written byFrank Gruber (story)
Charles Marquis Warren (writer)
Produced byNat Holt
StarringCharlton Heston
Rhonda Fleming
CinematographyRay Rennahan
Edited byEda Warren
Music byPaul Sawtell
Nat Holt Productions
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • June 15, 1953 (1953-06-15)
Running time
101 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.4 million (US)[1]

The film is an ahistorical account of the formation of the Pony Express rapid transcontinental mail delivery in the United States in 1860–1861. Although it gives no credit to the real founders of the Pony Express, Buffalo Bill Cody did ride for them, having signed up when he was 15 years old.


In 1860, Buffalo Bill and Wild Bill Hickok join forces to establish a mail route from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California. On the way, they battle the weather, hostile Indians and California secessionists intent on shutting the operation down to encourage California to secede from the Union.



Charlton Heston did a film tie-in advertisement for Camel cigarettes.[3]

Parts of the film were shot in Kanab Creek, Kanab movie fort, the Gap, and Johnson Canyon in Utah.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1953', Variety, January 13, 1954
  2. ^ "Western movies filmed in Kanab". Deseret News. October 25, 2001. Retrieved December 1, 2013.
  3. ^ Popular Science - Google Books. June 1953. Retrieved December 1, 2013.
  4. ^ D'Arc, James V. (2010). When Hollywood came to town: a history of moviemaking in Utah (1st ed.). Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith. ISBN 9781423605874.

External linksEdit

  • Pony Express at IMDb
  • Charlton Heston at IMDb
  • Rhonda Fleming at IMDb