Winds of the Wasteland
Directed by Mack V. Wright
John Wayne as John Blair
Phyllis Fraser as Barbara Forsythe
Lew Kelly as Mayor Rocky O'Brien
Douglas Cosgrove as Cal Drake
Lane Chandler as Larry Adams
Sam Flint as Dr. William 'Doc' Forsythe
Bob Kortman as Cherokee Joe
Ed Cassidy as Mr. Dodge
Jon Hall as Jim
Merrill McCormick as Henchman Pete
Christian J. Frank as Telegraph crew chief
Jack Rockwell as Buchanan City Marshal
Arthur Millett as Postmaster in Buchanan City
Tracy Layne as Reed
After the spread of the telegraph ends the Pony Express, horsemen John Blair and Larry Adams go into business creating a stagecoach line. In Buchanan City, the duo first tries to buy a coach, but is offered a franchise in Cal Drake's new line to Crescent City.
Once the duo arrives in Crescent City, they realize that they have been swindled into buying a line to a town of only three people. However, the mayor has a plan for the team to actually make money and help Crescent City grow. There is a government grant for $25,000 to help deliver mail to the area. The telegraph team that Blair and Adams help save, who are willing to build a station in Crescent City as thanks, doesn't hurt either.
Drake isn't happy seeing the duo succeed in spite of his plans, and begins to set up ways to ensure the heroic duo meet a dastardly end.
The original print of this film included a dedication to "unsung heroes of the Old West who gave their lives to bring the thin strands of communication across the trackless wastes of the great American Desert, braving the perils of the trail, that the telegraph wires might follow Pony Express and unite the new cities of the West with the Nation's Capitol".
Winds of the Wasteland was shot on location in the Sacramento Valley and in the Sierra Mountains.