~The Pony Express~
1925
~Promotional Photographs of Betty Compson for The Pony Express~
~573-2/72: (L to R) Duke Kahanamoku, George Bancroft & Ernest Torrance~
~573-2/97: Chief Red Cloud of the Sioux Tribe reads the palm of Betty Compson, who plays the
heroine in "The Pony Express," which her husband, James Cruse, directed for Paramount. At the
extreme right is old Chief Iron Face, and next to him Ricardo Cortez, the hero of the story. Whatever
Chief Red Cloud has told Miss Compson has evidently pleased her.~
~573-86: Wallace Beery, Vondell Darr & Ernest Torrance~
~573-2/48: There is history galore behind this old time fire engine, the pride of San Francisco in the
60's when every young man of fashion belonged to a volunteer fire brigade. This old engine is
"Broderick No. 1" and was given its name in 1860 in memory of United States Senator Broderick of
California, northern supporter, who was shot in the famous duel with Judge Terry, a southern
adherent. The engine was loaned to Cruze in order that "The Pony Express" might be made as
historically accurate as possible.~
~573-225: Wallace Beery & Betty Compson~
~573-252: Betty Compson~
~573-301: George Bancroft, Ricardo Cortez & Betty Compson (at edge)~
~573-312: Ernest Torrance~
~573-314: George Bancroft, Frank Lackteen, Wallace Beery & Ricardo Cortez~
~573-317: Johnny Fox & Ernest Torrance~
~573-318: Wallace Beery~
~573-319: Ricardo Cortez & Betty Compson~
~573-330: Wallace Beery & Ernest Torrance~
~573-332: George Bancroft & William Dyer~
~573-333: Ernest Torrance (preaching) and Wallace Berry (seated)~
~573-340: George Bancroft & Cast~
~Plot Synopsis~
Having tackled a wagon train in the immensely popular The Covered Wagon (1922), James Cruze
directed this would-be epic centered on the famed Pony Express. This time, however, audiences
stayed away in droves. Cruze's old-fashioned staging was foremost to blame. He portrayed pretty
vistas but little movement in his epics and Pony Express of course even lacked the novelty aspects
that had made "Wagon" a box-office success. In the 1860's Senator Glen of California heads a secret
society called the "Knights of the Golden Circle" in a conspiracy to have California secede from the
Union, annex part of Mexico, and establish a new empire. He sends his men to Sacramento to
eliminate debonair gambler "Frisco Jack" Weston (played by Austrian-born Ricardo Cortez), who has
spoken against him, but Weston escapes to Julesburg, Colorado. There he becomes a Pony Express
rider and a rival of Glen's agent, Jack Slade (George Bancroft), superintendent of the Overland Stage
Co., for the hand of Molly Jones (Betty Compson). Weston succeeds in foiling Glen's plans to prevent
news of Lincoln's election from reaching California by carrying the message himself. Among other
intrigues, a halfbreed Indian, Charlie Bent (Frank Lackteen), in league with Glen, leads a band of
Sioux in an attack on Julesburg. Weston marries Molly before marching off to war.

Plot Synopsis is combination of plot synopsis' from allmovie.com and tcm.com
Directed by: James Cruze    

Written by: Walter Woods (screenplay)

Based on the novel The Pony Express by Henry James Forman and Walter
Woods (New York, 1925).
~Cast~

Betty Compson ...  Molly Jones
Ricardo Cortez ...  Jack Weston
Ernest Torrence ...  'Ascension' Jones
Wallace Beery ...  Rhode Island Red
George Bancroft ...  Jack Slade
Frank Lackteen ...  Charlie Bent
Johnny Fox ...  Billy Cody
William H. Turner ...  William Russell
Al Hart ...  Senator Glen
Charles Gerson ...  Sam Clemens
Rose Tapley ...  Aunt
Vondell Darr ...  Baby
Duke Kahanamoku ...  Indian Chief
Ernie Adams ...  Henchman (uncredited)
Hank Bell ...  Townsman (uncredited)
William Dyer ...  Bartender (uncredited)
Toby Wing ...  Child (uncredited)
~Remaining Credits~

Produced & Released by: Paramount Pictures

Produced by: James Cruze  
Original Music by: Hugo Riesenfeld    
Cinematography by: Karl Brown    
Presenters: Jesse L. Lasky & Adolph Zukor

Length: 10 Reels
Runtime: 110 Minutes
Released: September 4, 1925
~573-324: Frank Lanteen, Ricardo Cortez, Betty Compson & George Bancroft~
~573-2/159: Betty Compson, Ernest Torrance & Ricardo Cortez~