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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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Director:
Writers:
Ernest Haycox (original story)
Dudley Nichols (screen play)
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Release Date:
2 March 1939 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Great ensemble western See more (309 total) »

Cast

  (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)
 
Stunts
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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Runtime:
96 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
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)

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Trivia:
Yakima Canutt explained how the stunt where he gets dragged behind the horses was accomplished - "You have to run the horses fast, so they'll run straight. If they run slow, they move around a lot. When you turn loose to go under the coach, you've got to bring your arms over your chest and stomach. You've got to hold your elbows close to your body, or that front axle will knock them off." After the stunt was completed, Canutt ran to Ford to make sure they got the stunt on film. Ford replied than even if they hadn't, "I'll never shoot that again."See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: As the stagecoach crosses the river at the burnt out ferry, the shadow of a camera is clearly visible on the driver's back.See more »
Quotes:
[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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51 out of 61 people found the following review useful.
Great ensemble western, 6 May 2004
Author: ninazero from Prague, Kalamazoo

I grew up watching the old, crotchety, gruff John Wayne, the iconic hero of the right wing, and even though I'd seen some of his early films on television, I'd forgotten what a sexy and compelling presence he had when a young man. It's easy to see while watching his performance how this film made him a star. As great as Wayne is in this film, he doesn't overshadow any of his fellow performers. Thomas Mitchell plays the drunken doctor thrown out of town, a performance that earned him an Academy Award. Andy Devine is hilarious as the complaining, squeaky voiced stagecoach driver. John Carradine is sleek and snake-like as the gambler. Claire Trevor gives a heartbreaking turn as the good-hearted whore thrown out of town by pious hypocrites. Donald Meek plays his name, a meek whiskey salesman befriended by the whiskey-loving Doc. Each actor quickly and deftly sketches his character so vividly that every performance is memorable.

But the real star of the show is John Ford, the director. To introduce and define nine characters in the context of a fast-paced western is no easy task, and he accomplishes it in masterly fashion. Much of the action takes place in the limited confines of a stagecoach, but Ford takes advantage of the limits by staging brilliant and subtle bits between characters; John Wayne casts sultry glances at Clare Trevor, who blossoms under his glance, the young calvary wife's eyes glaze over as the banker pontificates, and Doc sneaks sips of whiskey from the samples case while he solicitously keeps the wind from chilling the whiskey salesman. When the action moves outside, he films the action in dynamic angles and stunts that were the most daring of its time.

If you enjoy westerns and haven't seen this, you have a great night of film-watching ahead of you. And if the last time you saw Stagecoach was some midnight years ago when you wandered home for a bit of the late show before bedtime, watch it again and rediscover what a great western it is

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