Pony Express is a 1953 American western film directed by Jerry Hopper and starring Charlton Heston as Buffalo Bill, Forrest Tucker as Wild Bill Hickok, Jan Sterling as a Calamity Jane type character and Rhonda Fleming that was filmed in Kanab, Utah. The story is largely based on the 1925 silent film The Pony Express and tells a highly fictionalized account of the formation of the Pony Express rapid transcontinental mail delivery pioneers in 1860’s United States.
In 1860 Buffalo Bill and Wild Bill Hickok join forces to establish a mail route from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California. On the way they battle the weather, hostile Indians and California secessionists intent on shutting the operation down to encourage California to secede from the Union.
Charlton Heston did a film tie-in advertisement for Camel cigarettes.