Winds of the Wasteland is a 1936 Western film, starring John Wayne and Phyllis Fraser. The film was directed by Mack V. Wright, and was released by Republic Pictures.
The film is set in 1861. John Blair (Wayne) and his partner, Larry Adams (Lane Chandler) are dismayed when the arrival of telegraph ends the Pony Express. Hoping to utilize their horse-riding skills, they decide to start a stage coach transportation business. They go to Buchanan City and ask local magnate Cal Drake (Douglas Cosgrove) if he is willing to sell them a stage coach. Instead, Drake offers them a franchise from his own stage coach line - a line out to bustling Crescent City.
Upon arriving at Crescent City, Blair and Adams quickly realize that they had been bamboozled into paying for the line as Crescent City is a ghost town. The only residents are the mayor, Rocky O'Brien (Lew Kelly), and Dr. William Forsythe (Sam Flint).
Running Time: 54 Minutes
MPAA Ratings: PASSED
One of Wayne's best B-pictures, Winds Of The Wasteland is irresistible, breezy fun, full of humor and can-do spirit, with a winning performance by the Duke.
An exciting stagecoach race, full of villainous treachery and thunderous action makes for a good, satisfying climax. If you haven't seen any of Wayne's early westerns, this is a good place to start.
CAST & CREW:
John Wayne as John Blair
Phyllis Fraser as Barbara Forsythe
Lew Kelly as Mayor Rocky O'Brien
Douglas Cosgrove as Cal Drake (Buchanan Stage Line)
Lane Chandler as Larry Adams (Blair's partner)
Sam Flint as Dr. William "Doc" Forsythe
Bob Kortman as Cherokee Joe (henchman)
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