Cody of the Pony Express

Cody of the Pony Express (1950) is the 42nd serial released by Columbia Pictures.

Cody of the Pony Express
Directed bySpencer Gordon Bennet
Produced bySam Katzman
Written byGeorge H. Plympton
Joseph F. Poland
Lewis Clay
Charles R. Condon
David Mathews
StarringJock O'Mahoney
Dickie Moore
Peggy Stewart
William Fawcett
Music byMischa Bakaleinikoff (musical director)
CinematographyIra H. Morgan (B&W)
Edited byEarl Turner
Distributed byColumbia Pictures (U.S.)
Release date
  • April 6, 1950 (1950-04-06)
Running time
15 episodes
270 minutes
CountryUnited States

Historical background

Widely known as Buffalo Bill, William Cody helped define the image of the Old West and became one of the best-known celebrities of the 19th and early 20th centuries. As a teenager, he herded cattle and rode vast distances for the Pony Express in order to support the family.


The plot centers on a young Cody joining forces with the Lieutenant Jim Archer to battle an outlaw gang secretly headed by Mortimer Black, an unscrupulous lawyer who is tempted by greed into a series of crimes leading to murder.


Jock O'MahoneyLt. Jim Archer
Dickie MooreBill Cody
Peggy StewartLinda Graham
William Fawcett    Erza Graham
Tom LondonDoc Laramie
Helena DareMa Graham
George J. LewisMortimer Black
Pierce LydenSlim Randall
Jack IngramPecos
Rick VallinDenver


Cody of the Pony Express was filmed on locations in Pioneertown, California.

Cody of the Pony Express was the last serial with a boy in the title role (in this case as the young Buffalo Bill/William F. Cody).[1]

Chapter titles

  1. Cody Carries the Mail
  2. Captured by Indians
  3. Cody Saves a Life
  4. Cody Follows a Trail
  5. Cody to the Rescue
  6. The Fatal Arrow
  7. Cody Gets His Man
  8. Renegade Raiders
  9. Frontier Law
  10. Cody Tempts Fate
  11. Trouble at Silver Gap
  12. Cody Comes Through
  13. Marshal of Nugget City
  14. Unseen Danger
  15. Cody's Last Ride



  1. Harmon, Jim; Donald F. Glut (1973). "4. The Boys "Sir, I'd Advise You To Duck That Spear!"". The Great Movie Serials: Their Sound and Fury. Routledge. p. 93. ISBN 978-0-7130-0097-9.
  2. Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 250. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.

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