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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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A strange frontier incident of 1885. (Trade paper ad). See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Western

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

John Ford initially wanted Katharine Hepburn, who he'd previously worked with on Mary of Scotland (1936) and he'd had an affair with, to play Dallas. See more »

Goofs

In the initial Indian attack, Curley uses his shotgun (which is also sawed off, as was the convention to serve as a "scatter gun" to spray buckshot). He manages to kill two Indians with two shots. These Indians are extremely out of range for the weapon. 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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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer-colorized version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Warner at War (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Lily Dale
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American folk song
Used in the score
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Setting the Stage.
30 April 2004 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

"Grand Hotel"-styled Western that puts nine very different people together on the titled vehicle to go across some very dangerous Indian territory. There is convict John Wayne (in his star-making role), scorned prostitute Claire Trevor, drunken doctor Thomas Mitchell (in a well-deserved Oscar-winning role), slick gambler John Carradine, pregnant youngster Louise Platt, shady banker Berton Churchill, whiskey salesman Donald Meek, lawman George Bancroft and driver Andy Devine on this star-studded ride. Soon the characters are turned from would-be stereotypes to very complicated three-dimensional figures that are all deep and humanistic. "Stagecoach" does not only benefit from its actors and screenplay though as legendary director John Ford (Oscar-nominated) shows his ability to mix and mesh quiet, heartfelt moments with amazingly detailed action sequences that were way ahead of their time. A great picture from arguably the cinema's finest single year of films. 5 stars out of 5.


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