Via Pony Express (February 6, 1933)
Released on February 6, 1933: Senorita Castelar will lose her family ranch unless the pony express rider can deliver a letter from the Supreme Court in time.
Directed by Lewis D. Collins
Written by Oliver Drake and Lewis D. Collins
The Actors: Marceline Day (Betty Castelar), Jack Hoxie (Buck Carson), Lane Chandler (Lieutenant Bob Grey), Matthew Betz (Clem Porter), Julian Rivero (Pedro), Doris Hill (June Grey), Joseph W. Girard (Captain McCarthy), Charles K. French (Father Estaban), Chuck Baldra (Cavalry Sergeant), Bob Burns (Deputy Bob), Yakima Canutt (henchman), Ben Corbett (henchman), Frank Ellis (henchman), Olin Francis (henchman guard), Charles Le Moyne (Marshal Bolin), Bud Pope (henchman), Bill Quinlan (henchman), Slim Whitaker (henchman Bull)
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Cowboys in the Dark
Cowboy movies were the most popular movie plot of the 1930's, and most of them are an excellent way to spend ah pleasant hour or so. Once in a while, like in this movie, the surviving copy is in poor shape, mostly because movies from the early days of motion pictures were considered disposable - after they made their money at the box office the producers had no idea that anyone would want to watch them again. This print is very dark after years of abuse, and difficult to see the actors clearly. Nevertheless it is a pretty good plot, involving Spanish Land Grants in Arizona, and features the seldom seen silent star Marceline Day, who maintained a very private 'non-Hollywood' life during and after her years on film. In this story she is the granddaughter of a Spanish ranch owner and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court sends a letter to her stating that her El Rio ranch will be legally hers if she uses the letter to register the land before September first. This very important letter is sent via pony express to be sure that it arrives in time. Unfortunately our outlaws want the ranch and will do whatever they need to do to prevent that letter from reaching Senorita Castelar. They steal the letter from the pony express rider and leave him to die in the Arizona desert. Fortunately Senorita Castelar's prize white horse finds the pony express rider and brings him to the ranch of the Senorita's friend, and the pony express rider hunts down the mangy villain who is trying to steal Senorita Castelar's ranch from her. In spite of the poor condition of the film, the story moves along quite well and comes to a predictable happily ever after ending. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.
Charles K. French and Marceline Day
Charles Le Moyne as Marshal Bolin
Doris Hill and Joseph W. Girard
Doris Hill as June Grey
Jack Hoxie and Julian Rivero
Jack Hoxie as Pony Express rider Buck Carson
Julian Rivero and Joseph W. Girard
Land Chandler and Marceline Day
Lane Chandler as Lieutenant Bob Grey
Marceline Day as Senorita Betty Castelar
Matthew Betz as Clem Potter