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Marshal Whip Wilson and his pal, Texas, come to the aid of Joyce Westbrook after her father is killed by henchmen of a mysterious Mr. Blackwell, who is after the stage line contract left to Joyce. She tries to get a government mail contract, but one of the conditions is that her stage line must be proven safe. Whip, Texas and Ted Crosby have several battles with the outlaws, and Whip learns that attorney Kingsley is one of the plotters and, with the help of the postmaster, he discovers that Mr. Blackwell is really Sheriff Bill Preston. Written by
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Monogram Pictures cranked out a number of good westerns. "Stage to Blue River" is one of those. It is lean, non-padded and moves along at a good pace with plenty of shootin' and action. The linear script is OK and uncomplicated, concerning movement of mail and passengers by stagecoach. Star Whip Wilson's whip is not used for show- only to advance the scenes.
Whip Wilson was a straight-ahead, no nonsense western actor who looks like he could throw a punch in real life (although punches in Hollywood fights always look staged, he manages to include at least one impressive right in each of his movies). Phyllis Coates was one of the best western leading ladies and in addition to being very attractive she displays effective strength and determination in all her roles. The sidekick in this film is more subdued than most and mainly is used within the plot rather than as comedy padding.
"Stage to Blue River" is a no-gimmick, focused western movie that is well done all around.
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