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Stage to Blue River (1951)

Approved | | Western | 30 December 1951 (USA)
An undercover marshal and two deputies investigate stage robberies intended to keep a family-owned stage line from getting a mail contract.

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(as Lewis Collins)

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(screenplay) (as John Poland)
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Joyce Westbrook
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Ted Crosby
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Henchman Yarrow
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Tom Reardon
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Frederick Kingsley
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Sheriff Bill Preston
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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 Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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WHIP'S .45 BRUSHES OUTLAW MOB FROM MORDER-MARKED STAGE TRAIL! When mail bandits rip up the West, a fighting U. S. marshal lays down the law- in a blaze of smoke! See more »

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30 December 1951 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Frederick Kingsley, Lawyer: You know you have to make a run at least one a week to hold your franchise.
Joyce Westbrook: Yes.
Frederick Kingsley, Lawyer: You have to carry at least one passenger on every one.
Marshal Whip Wilson: That's right, Joyce.
Joyce Westbrook: I didn't know that.
Frederick Kingsley, Lawyer: It's a postal regulation. They want to make sure they're doing business with a responsible passenger-carrying stage line.
Joyce Westbrook: I see. Well, that may stop me. People out here say they won't ride on my line if they were paid for it!
Frederick Kingsley, Lawyer: That's understandable. Folks don't like being shot at. You may have trouble hiring drivers, too.
Marshal Whip Wilson:
Ted Crosby:
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Remake of Stage to Mesa City (1947) See more »

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Good western
2 December 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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