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Stagecoach (1939)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Western | 3 March 1939 (USA)
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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.

Director:

John Ford

Writers:

Ernest Haycox (original story), Dudley Nichols (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 ... Lt. Blanchard
Tom Tyler ... Luke Plummer
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Storyline

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 drunken doctor, two women, a bank manager who has taken off with his client's money, and the famous Ringo Kid, among others. Written by Andrew Hyatt <dres@uiuc.edu>

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The West as it really was! (Trade paper ad). See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Western

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Höllenfahrt nach Santa Fé See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$392,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Walter Wanger Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Orson Welles argued that Stagecoach (1939) was a perfect textbook of filmmaking and claimed to have watched the film more than forty times in preparation for the making of Citizen Kane (1941). See more »

Goofs

John Wayne's famous rifle is a Winchester Model 1892, not introduced until 12 years after the movie is set. 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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Connections

Referenced in Fade to Black (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

She's More to Be Pitied than Censured
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American folk song
Used in the score
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Not just a great western but one of the best movies ever made.
4 March 2002 | by davekirkpat21058See all my reviews

Stagecoach has all the hallmarks of a truly great film.The characters,the direction, the camera work, the scenery, the soundtrack. The story may seem simple but the characters are skillfully developed and colorful. They are real and interesting, not cliches. The desert setting and the stagecoach itself serve to make the great directing and camera work even greater. So many classic scenes in one movie. There are lot of little things like the shot of the coyote howling in the desert night. The shot of the stagecoach from behind going through a sand wash. The shot of the Indians on the hill looking down at the stagecoach. They look real and they look serious. The shot of the "Ringo Kid" watching Mr. Hatfield die.The "Kid" does'nt say a word but you can tell he's thinking about his murdered brother. The very first shot of John Wayne in his very first "A" movie may be his most memorable. Even if you've never seen Stagecoach you have seen that scene of the "Ringo Kid" holding his rifle and saddle while waving down the stage with the Monument Valley as a backdrop. No actor ever had a more spectacular debut. When you here the soundtrack, you can't help thinking about the Old West. John Ford should have won the Oscar for best director. His attention to details make this movie a classic. Classic in the sense that Stagecoach does'nt seem manufactured but seems like something that always was.


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