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Stagecoach Kid (1949)

Approved | | Western | 1 June 1949 (USA)
Crooked ranch foreman Thatcher sends his two henchmen, Parnell and Clint, out to murder his boss, wealthy Peter Arnold who has just arrived to retire on his ranch, bringing in tow his ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Peter Arnold
Henchman Clint
Parnell (as Robert B. Williams)
Stage Agent


Crooked ranch foreman Thatcher sends his two henchmen, Parnell and Clint, out to murder his boss, wealthy Peter Arnold who has just arrived to retire on his ranch, bringing in tow his daughter, tomboy Jessie, who despises western life and can't wait to run off back to San Francisco. Stagecoach line owner Dave Collins and his sidekick Chito show up just in time to deter the attackers. Collins isn't done yet, though, as a gold shipment sent on one of his stages is stolen by Parnell and Clint, one of whom is recognized by Jessie, attempting to escape back to the west coast. Collins has his hands full trying to retrieve the stolen gold, and dealing with Jessie, who's fallen head-over-heels in love with him. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Stagecoach holdup sets stage for murder! See more »








Release Date:

1 June 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Diligência Fatídica  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In the opening scene, the stagecoach driver is on the left side of the box and is still there before the outlaws attack but during the attack the driver is on the right side. See more »

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Sylvia Scarlett Goes West
16 December 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This entry in the Tim Holt B western series for RKO takes some inspiration from another gender bending film classic the studio did back in the Thirties, Sylvia Scarlett. Though Jeff Donnell isn't Katharine Hepburn, this film has a few more laughs in it than the normal Holt western where usually the laughs are provided by Richard Martin's amorous intentions.

Thurston Hall and daughter Jeff Donnell are traveling to Arizona for him to check on one of his holdings, a ranch there and for Donnell to get away from some fortune hunter who's been romancing her. That's bad news for Joe Sawyer and a couple of hands there who've been stealing the absentee owner blind. Sawyer should have listened to his two henchmen who said it was time to flee the territory. Instead they set up an ambush to murder Hall.

Bad luck to do it though within hearing range of the stagecoach station that Holt and Martin operate on their ranch. But does a thwarted stage holdup deter Donnell? Not a bad, she's determined to get back to San Francisco and marry her guy. While in town she sneaks away and dons the disguise of a boy and gets on the coach.

No need to tell the rest of the story, it's set up nicely for quite a few laughs as well as the usual gunfights that are required. Stagecoach Kid is definitely one of the better Tim Holt westerns that RKO did and Donnell is quite a good comedienne.

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