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Director:
Writers:
Joseph Landon (screenplay)
Dudley Nichols (based on a screenplay by)
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Release Date:
15 June 1966 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
These Were The Ten Who Fought Indians, Outlaws And Each Other As They Rode To Greatness On The Stagecoach To Cheyenne!
Plot:
A group of unlikely traveling companions find themselves on the same stagecoach to Cheyenne. They include a drunken doctor... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Ain't a Patch on the John Ford version See more (34 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ann-Margret ... Dallas

Red Buttons ... Peacock

Mike Connors ... Hatfield (as Michael Connors)

Alex Cord ... Ringo Kid

Bing Crosby ... Doc Josiah Boone

Robert Cummings ... Henry Gatewood (as Bob Cummings)

Van Heflin ... Marshal Curly Wilcox

Slim Pickens ... Buck, Stagecoach Driver

Stefanie Powers ... Mrs. Lucy Mallory

Keenan Wynn ... Luke Plummer
Brad Weston ... Matt Plummer
Joseph Hoover ... Lt. Blanchard
John Gabriel ... Capt. Jim Mallory
Oliver McGowan ... Mr. Haines
David Humphreys Miller ... Billy Pickett
Bruce Mars ... Dancing Trooper
Brett Pearson ... Drunken Sergeant
Muriel Davidson ... Mrs. Ellouise Gatewood
Ned Wynn ... Ike Plummer
Norman Rockwell ... Townsman
Edwin Mills ... Sergeant Major
Hal Lynch ... Jerry the Bartender
The Westernaires
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adler ... Clem (uncredited)
Harry Carter ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Walker Edmiston ... Cheyenne Wells Fargo Agent (uncredited)
Chief Sky Eagle ... Indian Chief (uncredited)
Kam Tong ... Waldo (uncredited)
Barbara Wilkin ... Susan - Saloon Girl (uncredited)
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Directed by
Gordon Douglas 
 
Writing credits
Joseph Landon (screenplay)

Dudley Nichols (based on a screenplay by)

Ernest Haycox (from a story by)

Produced by
Alvin G. Manuel .... associate producer
Martin Rackin .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
 
Cinematography by
William H. Clothier (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Hugh S. Fowler 
 
Art Direction by
Herman A. Blumenthal 
Jack Martin Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Stuart A. Reiss (set decorations)
Walter M. Scott (set decorations)
 
Makeup Department
Margaret Donovan .... supervising hair stylist
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles for Ann-Margaret created by
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Marvin G. Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Harry Caplan .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ray Kellogg .... second unit director
Joseph E. Rickards .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Don B. Greenwood .... property master (uncredited)
Dennis J. Parrish .... assistant property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bernard Freericks .... sound
Elmer Raguse .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Gerald Endler .... mechanical effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
Emil Kosa Jr. .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Conrad Bachmann .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Brown .... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Burk .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Coffer .... stunts (uncredited)
Bennie E. Dobbins .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Hennesy .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
John Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Leroy Johnson .... stunts (uncredited)
Archie Fire Lame Deer .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob May .... stunts (uncredited)
Hal Needham .... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Sheppard .... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Arthur Morton .... orchestration
Laurindo Almeida .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Bill Brown .... music arranger: vocal arrangements (uncredited)
Alexander Courage .... conductor (uncredited)
Mike Deasy .... musician (uncredited)
Carl Fortina .... musician: accordion (uncredited)
Alexander Gerens .... music copyist (uncredited)
Jerry Goldsmith .... conductor (uncredited)
Wally Heglin .... music copyist (uncredited)
Artie Kane .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Howard A. Roberts .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
David Tamkin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Urban Thielmann .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (uncredited)
James E. Haynes .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Arthur Steloff .... production assistant
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
115 min | USA:110 min (FMC Library Print)
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | 4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #21084) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Trivia:
The artist Norman Rockwell, famous for his Saturday Evening Post covers, appears as a "townsman" in a brief scene.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: During the Indian attack when the view is from above and the camera pans to a helicopter shot, you can see the shadow of the helicopter briefly at the top of the screen, behind the horseback riders. This occurs around 1h29m into the film on some prints.See more »
Soundtrack:
Stagecoach Theme (I Will Follow)See more »

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18 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Ain't a Patch on the John Ford version, 11 September 2004
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

After seeing this version on AMC a few days ago, I took out my copy of the original from 1939. It's the difference between a classic western and a routine action film.

Director Gordon Douglas probably because there is an unwritten rule in Hollywood that no one is ever to shoot a film in Monument Valley but John Ford, shot this thing in Colorado. It's not badly photographed, but you really miss the sweeping vistas of the Arizona desert. The Apache become the Sioux here and instead we have Geronimo jumping the reservation it's Crazy Horse instead. One of the great moments of cinema westerns in the original Stagecoach is when the cavalry sweeps by the passing Stagecoach to engage the Apaches in the rescue. John Ford liked it so much he used the same gambit in Fort Apache. In this version you have to believe that the passengers fought them off themselves and then made it into Cheyenne on three wheels with less horses. No way, Jose.

Poor Alex Cord, a competent actor, is no John Wayne. Of course who is and Cord tries his best, but you can't forget the Duke. Michael Connors as Hatfield lacks fire in his portrayal. John Carradine created a real air of mystery about the gambler. Nothing like that here.

This is one of Bing Crosby's few non-singing roles and he got some deservedly good reviews for reprising Thomas Mitchell's Doc Boone. In fact some of his scenes with Red Buttons as Peacock the whiskey drummer are faintly reminiscent of Crosby's work with Bob Hope. Buttons is not Donald Meek and he plays the part differently. Meek was a man with a Dickensian name and he played mostly parts that fit that name perfectly. After the Indian attack, Buttons is a man with a few drinks under his belt ready to lick the world. It's different, but nicely done.

Another musical performer in this was Ann-Margret. For the life of me I can't figure out why with two people like Crosby and Ann-Margret, they didn't give her and him a song or two, a duet maybe. Especially since in the plot line here, Crosby takes a fatherly interest in Ann-Margret as well as in Alex Cord. Her role of Dallas is as a saloon girl so a musical number would not have been out of place.

The rest of the cast performs adequately. Bob Cummings's Gatewood is more fully developed a character here and a bigger rat. Van Heflin and Slim Pickens are able substitutes for George Bancroft and Andy Devine. Stefanie Powers as the pregnant cavalry officer's wife is adequate. The part itself is as thin as the original version with Louise Platt doing it.

The gunfight between the Plummers and Ringo is more fully developed here. You actually don't see it in the 1939 version. Keenan Wynn as Luke Plummer is also more fully developed than was Tom Tyler. Tyler with a minimum of dialog suggested the menace of Luke Plummer. But Keenan Wynn is one evil man here.

In fact whole pages of dialog are taken from the original. Interesting that 20 years later another version was done. But this Stagecoach is a perfect example of why classics should just be left alone.

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