Phony ‘Pony Express’

Sometimes you find a movie that is so silly that it entertains because of its campiness values.
Such a movie is “Pony Express,” a 1953 historical Western, starring a young and hammy Charlton Heston as Buffalo Bill Cody and a dour Forrest Tucker as Wild Bill Hickok.
The historical accuracy of the movie is debatable. The plot is a mess, something to do with a group of Californians who hatch a plot to secede from the Union and form their own Republic.
The linchpin of their plot is to destroy the Pony Express before it even gets started so communications between California and the rest of the nation is continually disrupted.
Heston struts around, shooting people from various angles and continually playing with his hat.
The movie is nonstop action, so that is at least one point in its favor.
So, grab some popcorn, sit back and watch this over-the-top Wild West ride.

  • ReelBob

    Some thoughts on a glorified B-Western.