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Stagecoach
- Claire Trevor

Overview - Regarded by many as the best Western ever made, STAGECOACH shot John Wayne to stardom and elevated the prestige of a genre that had hitherto been considered a B-movie province. With rumors in the air of a possible Apache attack, a motley group of travelers in a small New Mexico town board the Overland Stage bound for Lordsburg.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Regarded by many as the best Western ever made, STAGECOACH shot John Wayne to stardom and elevated the prestige of a genre that had hitherto been considered a B-movie province. With rumors in the air of a possible Apache attack, a motley group of travelers in a small New Mexico town board the Overland Stage bound for Lordsburg. Among them are the pregnant Lucy Mallory (Louise Platt); timid liquor salesman Peacock (Donald Meek); Hatfield, an aloof gambler (John Carradine); Gatewood (Berton Churchill), a pompous, embezzling banker; and two who have been exiled from town, alcoholic Doc Boone (Thomas Mitchell) and Dallas (Clair Trevor), a lady of the evening. Along the trail, they pick up the Ringo Kid (John Wayne), an outlaw who's escaped from prison to take revenge on the Plummer brothers for destroying his family and framing him for murder. As their journey progresses, the hypocrisy of the supposedly respectable passengers becomes clear, and it's the tainted outsiders who display courage and humanity. Described by Orson Welles, who watched the film innumerable times before making CITIZEN KANE, as his cinematic textbook, STAGECOACH is superbly made in every respect, layering humor and sharp characterization into an exciting plot that includes a spectacularly photographed chase in Monument Valley.

Awards:
1939 - Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actor Winner
1939 - Academy Awards - Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score Winner

Cast List

Walter Wanger - Producer
Walter Feuchtwanger - Producer
Leo Shuken - American Composer\D. 1976
Frank Harling - Music Arranger/Composer
Richard Hageman - American Composer\D. 1966
John Leipold - Music Arranger
Boris Morros
Andy Devine - American Character Actor
John Wayne - Oscar winning actor, TRUE GRIT, SANDS OF IWO JIMA
Marion Michael Morrison - Oscar winning actor, TRUE GRIT, SANDS OF IWO JIMA
Duke Morrison - Oscar winning actor, TRUE GRIT, SANDS OF IWO JIMA
Thomas Mitchell - Oscar-winning actor, STAGECOACH, GONE WITH THE WIND
George Bancroft - American Actor
Donald Meek - Scottish Character Actor
Tim Holt - American Actor/Jack's Son
Claire Trevor - Oscar-winning American actress, STAGECOACH (1939), KEY LARGO
Claire Wemlinger - Oscar-winning American actress, STAGECOACH (1939), KEY LARGO
Alexander Toluboff - Art Director
Dorothy Spencer - Editor
Bert Glennon - American Director Of Photography/Director
John Ford - American Director, THE SEARCHERS (1956)
Sean Aloysius O'Feeney - American Director, THE SEARCHERS (1956)
Ernest Haycox - Writer/Author
Louis Gruenberg - Composer\D. 1964
Dudley Nichols - Legendary screenwriter
John Carradine - American actor, BLUEBEARD (1944)
John Peter Richmond - American actor, BLUEBEARD (1944)
Richmond Reed Carradine - American actor, BLUEBEARD (1944)

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 96
  • Color Format: B&W
  • UPC: 715515051910
  • Genre: Westerns
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: May 2010

Related Categories:
Movies > Westerns

Related Keywords:
Adventure
Classic
Indians
Outlaws
Recommended
Essential Cinema

 
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Synopsis:
Under the stress of an Indian attack, the passengers of a stagecoach reveal their genuine personalities.

Notes:
Filmed in: Monument Valley, Kayenta and Mesa, Arizona; Kernville, Dry Lake, Fremont Pass, Victorville, Calabasas, Chatsworth, California. STAGECOACH was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1995. Production Company: Masterpiece Productions Inc.

Reviews:
"...[The story] feels nourishingly archetypal, especially John Wayne's turn as the outlaw Ringo Kid..." - 01/11/2002 Entertainment Weekly, p.25


"...This is myth-making writ large, full of Ford's enduring themes, daring stunt work, and peerless eye for composition..." - 12/01/2003 Premiere, p.5


"[T]he DVD breathes life into Ford's character study of sundry stagecoach passenger types..." - 01/06/2004 USA Today, p.6D


"[Wayne] sauntered into stardom after a decade in movies as the Ringo Kid, a charming outlaw bend on revenge." - 12/01/2004 Uncut, p.184


"[A] thrilling western about a group of travelers whose Arizona stage ride lands them smack in the midst of an apache uprising..." - 04/30/2010 New York Times


"STAGECOACH gives fine shading to a simple story, making it look and feel like a forgotten American myth." -- Grade: A - 05/26/2010 A.V. Club


"Action-packed and jaw-droppingly epic, STAGECOACH is the perfect Western to show to people who don't like Westerns." -- Grade: A - 06/04/2010 Entertainment Weekly


"A classic as sharply defined and indelible as the sandstone buttes of Monument Valley, John Ford's 1939 Western is in every sense a landmark." - 08/01/2010 Sight and Sound


"[T]here's still a sophistication to STAGECOACH that goes well beyond its silent movie and stage melodrama roots....A small film but it casts a long shadow." - 09/01/2010 Empire

 
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