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Stage to Chino (1940)

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Edward Killy

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Morton Grant (screenplay), Arthur V. Jones (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George O'Brien ... Dan Clark
Virginia Vale ... Caroline McKay
Hobart Cavanaugh ... J. Horatio Boggs
Roy Barcroft ... Dude Elliot
William Haade ... Slim
Carl Stockdale ... Charlie Lait
Glenn Strange ... Bill Hoagland
Harry Cording ... Pete Brannigan
Martin Garralaga ... Pedro
Ethan Laidlaw ... Wheeler
Tom London ... Dolan - Henchman
Pals of the Golden West ... Musicians
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Through the death of her father, Caroline McKay comes into ownership of the McKay Stage Line, running between Prescott and Chino, Arizona. She is unaware that her uncle, Charles Lait, who runs the line for her, is secretly plotting with Dude Elliott to force her to sell out at a low figure. Elliott henchman Pete Branagan, while Caroline is a passenger, holds up the stage and attempts to take the mail, but the hold-up is foiled when Dan Clark, a postal inspector on the way to Chino, rides up and drives off the bandit. Caroline offers Dan a job as a driver, not knowing his real job, and he accepts so he can investigate the situation. Dan induces the miners to send their gold to Prescott as mail shipments via the stage. Knowing that a successful robbery will lose the mail contract for the McKay line, Elliott plans to have Lait rob the safe that night. Elliott comes to the office, gets the gold from the safe and ties up Lait to make it look convincing, and has the stage barn and stables ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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ACTION IN THE WEST!...where guns speak fast...and hearts speak faster! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den stora diligensjakten See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Caroline McKay: If he's crazy enough to drive, I'm crazy enough to hire him.
Charlie Lait: But I don't understand...
Dan Clark: You wouldn't. You're not crazy.
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Riding on the Stage to Chino
Music and lyrics by Fleming Allen
Played and sung by the Pals of the Golden West during the opening credits
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Stage to a pretty good western!
7 June 2019 | by robsmithjrSee all my reviews

The film opens with, not one, but two tunes typical 1930s-40s films of the western U.S. The plot is pretty standard for westerns. It's the writing that sails this far above most. Same with the cinematography being far better than most westerns. Casting was also very good to make this a better than average film. A key to this is including the Horatio Boggs character and having veteran character actor Hobart Cavenaugh playing the part.

The story is of a bad guy stealing from the town's folk is nothing new. Another good casting decision of having Roy Barcroft play the character as a bad guy, but not inherently evil, is a smart one. The movie becomes much less heavy handed or amateurish as many westerns can be. About the music: It's placed in appropriate areas that add to the storytelling. About the lighter tough: Cavenaugh has a few really humorous spots in the film. He's not a sidekick here, but a part of the actual story. "Whitey" Benedict is also a part and he always helps a scene.

Certainly one of the weakest parts of the film is George O'Brien as the lead. His oddly muscular shape and stiff delivery leadens the affair a bit. He tends to be more peppy than others in the western hero role and that helps.

The very ending is a real hoot. The last line and actions would've benefited so many other romantic or comedic tales.

Bottom line: i recommend this film. 7 out of 10 points.


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