The Pony Express Rider (1910)

"Pony" O'Brien, or Number 3 of the relay between two desert-bound western cities, draws his horse before his sweetheart's house and lingers somewhat longer with his packet of mail as he ... See full summary »
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Cast overview:
Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson ... Jim Allison
John B. O'Brien ... Pony O'Brien
Clara Williams ... Mary Holmes
Fred Church
Franklyn Hall ... (as Frank Hall)
Joseph Smith Joseph Smith
Elmer Thompson Elmer Thompson
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"Pony" O'Brien, or Number 3 of the relay between two desert-bound western cities, draws his horse before his sweetheart's house and lingers somewhat longer with his packet of mail as he tells her the good news of a raise in salary which means they will soon be ready to marry. The girl is delighted and her father, coming on the scene, congratulates them and gives them his blessing. "Pony" is hardly on his way again when Jim Allison, a puncher employed by Holmes, the girl's father, approaches Mary and hesitatingly asks her to marry him. At the girl's refusal and her confession that she is already engaged, Allison turns angrily on his heel, fully resolved to leave the ranch. He looks up the old man and tells him his intentions. Holmes coolly hands him his pay and asks for no explanation. Allison, he believes, is not trustworthy, and his going is good riddance. Some time later Allison is stopped by two highwaymen, ordered to dismount and is dragged off by them through a winding, rocky ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1910 (USA) See more »

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Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Released as a split reel along with the comedy Hank and Lank: Joyriding (1910). See more »

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The picture is better than the ordinary
28 August 2015 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

An echo of the long ago when no railroads spanned the continent and the mail was carried across the plains by men mounted on ponies who made relays at certain points it seems like a story to hear about it, but this picture makes it seem real again. The setting is admirable, imparting a sense of reality to the film which is impressive. The love tale which is told affords heart interest, and the sight of the girl's picture brings about a novel denouement. It is not often that a photograph leads a man to reform, yet here it does not seem out of place. The desert scenery, the defiles in the mountains and the rendezvous of the bandits are all excellent bits of photographic work. The picture is better than the ordinary and should interest a large number of people. - The Moving Picture World, October 1, 1910


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