Studio: NBC-TV, 1966
Director: William Witney
Episodes: Made up of two segments of the "Bonanza" TV series
Stars: Lorne Greene, Rod Cameron, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker
A rancher tries to aid a man in setting up Pony Express riders on the final leg of the route.
Written by Paul Schneider, "Ride the Wind" was Bonanza's first two-part story, redone here as a full lenth feature on one video!
As we know, the Cartwright's thousand-square-mile Ponderosa Ranch is located near Virginia City, Nevada, site of the Comstock Silver Lode, during and after the Civil War. Each of the sons was born to a different wife of Ben's; none of the mothers was still alive. Adventures are western ones, with lots of personal relationships/problems thrown in as well.
Ben Cartwright is willing to provide Charles Ludlow (Victor Jory) with money to help finance the new Pony Express service, but isn't keen on allowing his son Joe to join Ludlow's riders. Nor is the Paiute Indian tribe amenable to allowing the Pony Express to go across their land. Exacerbating the problem is Ludlow's assistant, Curtis Wade (Rod Cameron), who hopes to make a name for himself as an Indian fighter. Part One of "Ride the Wind" first aired on January 16, 1966.
In Part Two of "Ride the Wind", Wade takes over as head of the new Pony Express service. Determined to keep the service running and to finish the route despite attacks by the Paiutes, Wade is driven not so much by duty as by his ego, which has been fuelded by exploitive Eastern journalist Tully, played by DeForrest Kelley who was Bones in Star Trek. Wade's delusions of grandeur may prove fatal for Joe Cartwright, who has signed on as a Pony Express rider despite the protests of his father Ben. Tom Lowell appears as Charles Ludlow's son Jabez, who ends up as the story's eleventh-hour problem solver. The second half of the two-part "Ride the Wind" was originally broadcast on January 23, 1966.
COLOR: 1976; 100 MINUTES; NOT RATED