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Stage to Thunder Rock (1964)

Approved | | Western | 10 November 1964 (USA)
An aging sheriff is put in the position of having to arrest the outlaw father and two sons with whom he was raised.


William F. Claxton


Charles A. Wallace (as Charles Wallace)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry Sullivan ... Sheriff Horne
Marilyn Maxwell ... Leah Parker
Scott Brady ... Sam Swope
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Henry Parker (as Lon Chaney)
Anne Seymour ... Myra Parker
John Agar ... Dan Carrouthers
Wanda Hendrix ... Mrs. Sarah Swope
Ralph Taeger ... Reese Sawyer
Keenan Wynn ... Ross Sawyer
Allan Jones ... Mayor Ted Dollar
Laurel Goodwin Laurel Goodwin ... Julie Parker
Robert Strauss ... Bob Acres
Robert Lowery ... Deputy Sheriff Seth Barrington
Rex Bell Jr. Rex Bell Jr. ... 'Shotgun' Rex
Argentina Brunetti ... Sarita


Retiring Sheriff Horne goes after the Sawyer brothers who have robbed a bank in town. The outlaw brothers count on the fact they grew up together with Horne and hope to get a break from him. However, during a shootout at a farm in the hills, Horne kills one of the brothers and captures the other, Reese. After they accidentally lose their horses during a scuffle, they travel on foot toward the stagecoach depot. All this time, Reese is taunting Horne and warns him that his father, Ross Sawyer, will soon rescue him. Indeed, Ross Sawyer goes after the sheriff to rescue his remaining son. Anticipating such a move, the town's mayor and the judge hire a paid gunfighter in need of money to kill Ross Sawyer on sight. The sheriff and his prisoner take the stagecoach to the stagecoach depot. The depot is run by the Parkers who are in debt and risk losing their business. Therefore, they are receptive to the secret financial deal offered by the prisoner and promise to help him escape the sheriff's... Written by nufs68

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They rode a trail of vengeance and violence !




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Release Date:

10 November 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stagecoach to Hell See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

A.C. Lyles Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Better Days
24 November 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The last gasp of the theatrically released B western was in the Sixties and the last theaters showing double bills probably had some feature like Stage To Thunder Rock on the bottom of the bill. A.C. Lyles made many of these films, some of the best of them. This isn't one of them though.

Sheriff Barry Sullivan has the task to bring in some outlaws, the catch is that the outlaw father Keenan Wynn took Sullivan in as a lad and raised him as a foster son. At the beginning though Sullivan shoots one son and apprehends the other Ralph Taeger. You know Wynn will be gunning for Sullivan and trying to free his boy.

At the same time bounty hunter Scott Brady needing money for his blind daughter Suzanne Cupito leaves her with her mother Wanda Hendrix and at the behest of city fathers Allan Jones and Robert Strauss goes after a bounty on Taeger and Wynn. And if Sullivan gets in the way too bad because they're not crazy about him either.

And still a third family mother Anne Seymour, father Lon Chaney, Jr., and daughters Marilyn Maxwell and Laurel Goodwin who run the station on the Thunder Rock line are having to pull up stakes, they owe some back taxes. Maxwell's home for a visit, but she's led a sordid life. Goodwin wants to lead any kind of life away from her parents. Chaney is henpecked and Seymour just wants the money to save the home.

A whole lot of these folks meet up at the stageline station and a lot gets thrashed out. Sad to say you do lose quite a bit of interest in how this all turns out. And in fact the climax showdown between Sullivan and Wynn is poorly, almost routinely staged.

And needless to say this whole cast as seen better days.

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