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Stagecoach -- John Ford's smash hit and enduring masterpiece Stagecoach revolutionized the western, elevating it from B movie to the A-list and establishing the genre as we know it today. Stagecoach features outstanding performances from Hollywood stalwarts Claire Trevor, John Carradine, and Thomas Mitchell, and, of course, John Wayne, in his first starring role for Ford, as the daredevil outlaw the Ringo Kid.
Stagecoach -- A simple stagecoach trip is complicated by the fact that Geronimo is on the warpath in the area. The passengers on the coach include a a drunken doctor...
Stagecoach -- US Theatrical Trailer from Warner Bros.


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Ernest Haycox (original story)
Dudley Nichols (screen play)
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Release Date:
2 March 1939 (USA) See more »
Danger holds the reins as the devil cracks the whip ! Desperate men ! Frontier women ! Rising above their pasts in a West corrupted by violence and gun-fire ! See more »
A group of people traveling on a stagecoach find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo and learn something about each other in the process. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Claire Trevor ... Dallas

John Wayne ... Ringo Kid

Andy Devine ... Buck

John Carradine ... Hatfield

Thomas Mitchell ... Doc Josiah Boone
Louise Platt ... Mrs. Lucy Mallory

George Bancroft ... Marshal Curley Wilcox

Donald Meek ... Samuel Peacock

Berton Churchill ... Ellsworth Henry Gatewood

Tim Holt ... Lieutenant Blanchard

Tom Tyler ... Luke Plummer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dorothy Appleby ... Girl in Saloon (uncredited)
Frank Baker ... (uncredited)

Chief John Big Tree ... Indian Scout (uncredited)
Ted Billings ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Wiggie Blowne ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ... (uncredited)
Ed Brady ... Lordsburg Saloon Owner (uncredited)
Fritzi Brunette ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Yakima Canutt ... Cavalry Scout (uncredited)
Nora Cecil ... Boone's Landlady (uncredited)
Steve Clemente ... Bit (uncredited)

Bill Cody ... Rancher (uncredited)
Jack Curtis ... Bartender (uncredited)
Marga Ann Deighton ... Mrs. Pickett (uncredited)
Patricia Doyle ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Tex Driscoll ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Johnny Eckert ... Small Role (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Deputy Frank (uncredited)
Francis Ford ... Sgt. Billy Pickett (uncredited)
Brenda Fowler ... Mrs. Gatewood (uncredited)
Helen Gibson ... Girl in Saloon (uncredited)
Robert Homans ... Ed - Editor (uncredited)

William Hopper ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Si Jenks ... Bartender (uncredited)
Cornelius Keefe ... Capt. Whitney (uncredited)
Florence Lake ... Mrs. Nancy Whitney (uncredited)
Al Lee ... Small Role (uncredited)
Duke R. Lee ... Lordsburg Sheriff (uncredited)
Theodore Lorch ... Lordsburg Express Agent (uncredited)
Chris-Pin Martin ... Chris (uncredited)
Jim Mason ... Jim - Tonto Express Agent (uncredited)
Louis Mason ... Tonto Sheriff (uncredited)
Merrill McCormick ... Ogler (uncredited)
J.P. McGowan ... (uncredited)

Walter McGrail ... Capt. Sickel (uncredited)
Paul McVey ... Pony Express Agent (uncredited)
Jack Mohr ... Small Role (uncredited)
Kent Odell ... Billy Pickett Jr (uncredited)
Artie Ortego ... Lordsburg Bar Patron (uncredited)
Vester Pegg ... Hank Plummer (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ... Jerry - Tonto Bartender (uncredited)
Chris Phillips ... Small Role (uncredited)
Joe Rickson ... Ike Plummer (uncredited)
Buddy Roosevelt ... Rancher (uncredited)
Elvira Ríos ... Yakima (uncredited)
Mickey Simpson ... (uncredited)
Margaret Smith ... Small Role (uncredited)

Woody Strode ... Man in Saloon (uncredited)
Chuck Stubbs ... (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Telegraph Operator (uncredited)
Leonard Trainor ... Small Role (uncredited)
Mary Kathleen Walker ... Lucy's Infant (uncredited)

Bryant Washburn ... Capt. Simmons (uncredited)
Whitehorse ... Indian Chief (uncredited)

Hank Worden ... Cavalryman Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
John Ford 
Writing credits
Ernest Haycox (original story)

Dudley Nichols (screen play)

Ben Hecht  uncredited

Produced by
John Ford .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Gerard Carbonara (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Bert Glennon (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Otho Lovering (film editor)
Dorothy Spencer (film editor)
Walter Reynolds (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Alexander Toluboff 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett (costumes)
Makeup Department
Norbert A. Myles .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Daniel Keefe .... production manager (uncredited)
Jack Kirston .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wingate Smith .... assistant director
Yakima Canutt .... second unit director (uncredited)
Lowell J. Farrell .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Wiard Ihnen .... associate art director (as Wiard B. Ihnen)
Sound Department
Frank Maher .... sound
Robert Parrish .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ray Binger .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Yakima Canutt .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Iron Eyes Cody .... stunts (uncredited)
Ken Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
Johnny Eckert .... stunts (uncredited)
W. Frank Long .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Mohr .... stunts (uncredited)
David Sharpe .... stunts (uncredited)
Henry Wills .... stunts (uncredited)
Billy Yellow .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
James V. King .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ned Scott .... still photographer (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Lee Bradley .... extras casting (uncredited)
Harry Goulding .... extras casting (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Otho Lovering .... supervising editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Louis Gruenberg .... musical score adaptation: based on American folk songs
Richard Hageman .... musical score adaptation: based on American folk songs
W. Franke Harling .... musical score adaptation: based on American folk songs (as Franke Harling)
John Leipold .... musical score adaptation: based on American folk songs
Boris Morros .... musical director
Leo Shuken .... musical score adaptation: based on American folk songs
Danny Borzage .... musician: accordion (uncredited)
Other crew
Walter Wanger .... presenter
Danny Keith .... location manager (uncredited)
W. Frank Long .... horse handler/wrangler (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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96 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:K-7 (2014) (TV rating) | Finland:S (1951) | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Iceland:L | Norway:16 (1939) | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Not Rated | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #5029) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

Joel McCrea and Errol Flynn turned down the role of The Ringo Kid.See more »
Continuity: In the fight between the stagecoach's passengers and the Indians, we see the same image of one Indian, with a lance in his hand, falling with his horse two times. One time shot by Marshal Curly and another time shot by Hatfield.See more »
[first lines]
Cavalry scout:These hills here are full of Apaches. They've burnt every ranch building in sight.
[referring to Indian scout]
Cavalry scout:He had a brush with them last night. Says they're being stirred up by Geronimo.
Capt. Sickel:Geronimo? How do we know he isn't lying?
Cavalry scout:No, he's a Cheyenne. They hate Apaches worse than we do.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Red Dead Revolver (2004) (VG)See more »
Joe the WranglerSee more »


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28 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Setting the Stage., 30 April 2004
Author: tfrizzell from United States

"Grand Hotel"-styled Western that puts nine very different people together on the titled vehicle to go across some very dangerous Indian territory. There is convict John Wayne (in his star-making role), scorned prostitute Claire Trevor, drunken doctor Thomas Mitchell (in a well-deserved Oscar-winning role), slick gambler John Carradine, pregnant youngster Louise Platt, shady banker Berton Churchill, whiskey salesman Donald Meek, lawman George Bancroft and driver Andy Devine on this star-studded ride. Soon the characters are turned from would-be stereotypes to very complicated three-dimensional figures that are all deep and humanistic. "Stagecoach" does not only benefit from its actors and screenplay though as legendary director John Ford (Oscar-nominated) shows his ability to mix and mesh quiet, heartfelt moments with amazingly detailed action sequences that were way ahead of their time. A great picture from arguably the cinema's finest single year of films. 5 stars out of 5.

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