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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Dallas
... Ringo Kid
... Buck
... Hatfield
... Doc Josiah Boone
... Mrs. Lucy Mallory
... Marshal Curley Wilcox
... Samuel Peacock
... Ellsworth Henry Gatewood
... Lt. Blanchard
... 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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2 women on a desperate journey with 7 strange men. (Title lobby card). See more »

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Adventure | Western

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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3 March 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Höllenfahrt nach Santa Fé  »

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$392,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The members of the production crew were billeted in Kayenta, in Northeastern Arizona, in an old CCC camp. Conditions were spartan, production hours long, and weather conditions at this 5700 foot elevation were extreme with constant strong winds and low temperatures. Nonetheless, John Ford was satisfied with the crew's location work. See more »

Goofs

As the stagecoach crosses the river at the burnt out ferry, the shadow of a camera is clearly visible on the driver's back. 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 Back to the Future Part III (1990) See more »

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She's More to Be Pitied than Censured
(uncredited)
American folk song
Used in the score
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Orson Welles liked it, I was... well... it was okay.
8 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

Orson Welles saw this movie 42 times. Then he made Citizen Kane.

I saw this film three times. Then I made a sandwich. Classical Hollywood Narrative in a Genre that refuses to die, the Western. Stagecoach is a movie which is begging to be remade as a sci-fi road movie, but has been poorly remade on so many occasions no studio would / should touch it. Its difficult to assess the movie in the twenty-first century - the pace seems laboured at time, the portrayal of natives seems crude, the climactic cavalry charge cliched. Perhaps because it created those cliches. Watch it, sure... but don't expect to come away with Citizen Kane under your belt. I'll eat my sandwich, and watch it another thirty-nine times.


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