Winds of the Wasteland (1936)

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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.


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  • John Wayne and Lane Chandler in Winds of the Wasteland (1936)
  • John Wayne and Yakima Canutt in Winds of the Wasteland (1936)
  • John Wayne and Sam Flint in Winds of the Wasteland (1936)
  • John Wayne and Bob Kortman in Winds of the Wasteland (1936)
  • John Wayne in Winds of the Wasteland (1936)
  • John Wayne, Phyllis Fraser, and Sam Flint in Winds of the Wasteland (1936)

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Director:

Mack V. Wright

Writers:

Joseph F. Poland (screen play), Joseph F. Poland (original story)

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9 June 2007 | dougdoepke
Good Presentation of the "Can-do" Spirit
Strong story line that benefits from Lone Star's alliance with Republic Pictures. Poverty row Lone Star usually emphasized action at the expense of story-line. This resulted in lots of exciting chases, but often with little understanding of why. Here, however, the plot is very well developed with believable characters and good action. It's an excellent sketch of how guts, risk, and ingenuity helped transform an abandoned ghost town into a vibrant new community. The screenplay also does a nice job of showing the challenges of rebuilding a frontier town without losing the conventions that entertained kids of the time. Wayne delivers a nicely appropriate turn as the driving force behind the redevelopment, along with Lane Chandler as his buddy. This film especially shows Wayne's charm before the big-money responsibility of super-stardom made him more serious. Final stage race is well conceived along with how reviving the town also restores self-confidence of its inhabitants. Very positive story-line unusual for a B-Western of the time.

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