Winds of the Wasteland (1936)

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“Winds of the Wasteland” is a Western film from 1936, directed by Mack V. Wright and starring John Wayne and Yakima Canutt.

The film follows two telegraph operators, John Blair (played by John Wayne) and Larry Adams (played by Yakima Canutt), who lose their jobs when the telegraph becomes obsolete. They decide to start a pony express company and deliver mail between two towns in California.

As they set up their company, John and Larry face a number of challenges, including hostile Native Americans, corrupt businessmen, and a rival company who wants to put them out of business. They also must deal with personal conflicts, such as John’s romantic interest in one of the town’s wealthy women and Larry’s loyalty to his former employer.

Despite these challenges, John and Larry persevere and ultimately succeed in establishing their pony express company. Along the way, they prove themselves as capable and resourceful leaders, and they earn the respect and admiration of the people they serve.

“Winds of the Wasteland” is a classic Western film that showcases the spirit of the American West and the importance of hard work, perseverance, and community. The film also features John Wayne in one of his early leading roles, as he began to establish himself as one of the most popular and iconic Western actors of all time.

Mack V. Wright

Joseph F. Poland

John Wayne, Phyllis Fraser, Lew Kelly

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