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Nine passengers ride a stage through Apache territory...and into movie immortality. The John Ford classic that won two Academy Awards(R) and made John Wayne a star. Year: 1939 Director: John Ford Starring: Claire Trevor John Wayne Andy DevineRunning Time: 96 min.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: WESTERN/MISC. Rating: NR UPC: 085391158660 Manufacturer No: 115866
This landmark 1939 Western began the legendary relationship between John Ford and John Wayne, and became the standard for all subsequent Westerns. It solidified Ford as a major director and established Wayne as a charismatic screen presence. Seen today, Stagecoach still impresses as the first mature instance of a Western that is both mythic and poetic. The story about a cross-section of troubled passengers unraveling under the strain of Indian attack contains all of Ford's incomparable storytelling trademarks--particularly swift action and social introspection--underscored by the painterly landscape of Monument Valley. And what an ensemble of actors: Thomas Mitchell (who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar as the drunken doctor), Claire Trevor, Donald Meek, Andy Devine, and the magical John Carradine. Due to the film's striking use of chiaroscuro lighting and low ceilings, Orson Welles watched Stagecoach over and over while preparing for Citizen Kane. --Bill Desowitz
I was extremely pleased to receive the Stagecoach film dvd from you. I was especially pleased with the arrival time of this product. It was here in just a few days, just as you promised!!! The film is excellent and I wish more of the old films would be released in dvd form. Most of them are better scripts than the movies of today!!!
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- John Wayne really begins his stardom here!
While this movie retains many of the OLD style western film trademarks (indian chases, good guy, bad guy relationships), Stagecoach is where J. Wayne begins to develop real character depth. The worst people (the drunk, the prostitute) are the dependable folks who take charge and get the job done when things get tough, and the respectable folks (army wife, banker) are really all talk, with no stomach for lifes realities. This type of acting was new at the time, where characters actually worked to hide a part of what they were, which was different from their society-defined role in life. More complex characters, and thus, more complex acting, sets the tone for both John Wayne's and Hollywoods future. It was still shot in black and white, though, so don't expect great technological advances in film science or special effects. You almost need to watch a couple of Wayne's earlier films before watching Stagecoach to really appreciate the difference. If you watch his later films first, Stagecoach will seem like "just another old movie"....more info
- Classic western with great characters and beautiful scenery
"Stagecoach" is a landmark film in so many ways. While probably not the very best western ever created this stunning production is memorable as being one of the first of the genre where just as much emphasis was placed on character development as action. It also marked the breakthrough role (and first collaboration with frequent director Ford) for a young John Wayne after a decade of appearing in countless B films, and the first time that director John Ford used his most favourite location of Monument Valley, Utah for shooting which gives this film an almost out of this world ,mythical quality.
Produced in the magical year of 1939 "Stagecoach" more than holds its own with all the other great classics produced in that year. Honoured with two Academy Awards for its musical score and the beautiful performance by Thomas Mitchell as the drunken doctor travelling on the stagecoach the film tells a very simple story of the intertwined lives of a group of people travelling through dangerous Indian territory on a stagecoach and how each effects the others lives in different ways. Ford assembled a sterling cast of performers here and apart from Wayne as the wrongly convicted outlaw the Ringo Kid we have the before mentioned Thomas Mitchell (in the same year that he played Scarlett O'Hara's father in "Gone With The Wind"), as the drunken doctor who is forced to deliver a baby on route, Claire Trevor in a superb performance as the "scarlett lady" Dallas, run out of town for her morals who forms an attachment to Wayne's character , Andy Devine as the coach driver and John Carradine as the shady gambler Hatfield. Donald Meek also registers as the fumbling spirits salesman who keeps having his samples raided by Mitchell. Louise Platt also does some memorable work as the very pregnant Lucy Mallory, travelling on the stagecoach to join her husband who gives birth during the journey and with help from Dallas learns a good lesson in understanding and tolerance of other's failings. "B" movie cowboy veteran Tom Tyler also makes a rare appearance as the Ringo Kid's nemesis Luke Plummer who is involved in a shoot out with Ringo at the finale.
"Stagecoach" contains many memorable moments, the most outstanding without a doubt being the lengthy and cleverly filmed Indian attack on route which contains some of the most amazing stunt work seen in films up till then. It is the work of stuntman genius Yakima Canutt who doubled for John Wayne in all the complicated action sequnces such as when the Ringo Kid takes control of the horses leading the stagecoach when it is attacked. These stunt scenes became re-used footage in countless westerns over the succeeding years so brilliant they were and are still considered.
While not being a huge fan of the western genre I do love this film for its intelligent writing and attention to character development often not seen in alot of westerns. The beautiful location photography adds a tremendous boost to the overall look of the film and really sets the mood for the whole piece. It is such a landmark film in so many ways already mentioned however for sheer entertainment value for those that like action adventure tales it is unsurpassed. I dont feel you even need to be a western lover to enjoy it so well crafted are the characters and the action story that they are involved in. For stirring western excitement you can't go past John Ford's memorable classic "Stagecoach"....more info
- "There are some things a man just can't walk away from."
John Ford's "Stagecoach" is a film that undoubtedly has influenced many action-adventure film directors over the years. One need only watch its dramatic stagecoach chase sequence and compare it to George Miller's "The Road Warrior" (1982) to see some striking similarities. In addition, "Stagecoach" is also famous for being the breakout film for John Wayne who left behind his B Westerns for good after distinguishing himself here as The Ringo Kid.
The story of "Stagecoach" is simple. A lone stagecoach must cross an untamed area populated by hostile Indians. In the stagecoach is an eclectic mix of passengers from various social classes and of various reputations. The heart of the film is the relationship that develops between Wayne's fugitive and Dallas (Claire Trevor), a woman with a scandalous past. These two individuals are arguably the two low rungs on the social standing ladder amongst the film's characters. Yet, when all the chips are placed on the table, it is The Ringo Kid and Dallas who prove to be the most steadfast and dependable. Needless to say, both leads are great. Trevor in particular is the embodiment of 1930's glamour Hollywood.
If there's any one thing that people remember after watching "Stagecoach," it is the amazing chase sequence with the pursuing Indians. It is a marvel of early cinema filmmaking technique that still manages to get the blood pumping in the present day. The sequence is literally a film storyboard come to life and a testament to the notion that action sequences do not succeed in and of themselves, but succeed when carefully planned out and competently executed. This is a timeless lesson that many current filmmakers should take to heart when putting together their films...more info
- Great Western
Product exceeds my expectations and arrived in a timely fashion. Very happy with both shipment and service, along with a great product. I highly recommend this to all customers for a future purchase. Very interesting to see The Duke really be enjoying himself in early movies....more info
- 'The modern western begins here'
This terrific double-disc version of the restored "Stagecoach" includes commentary from John Ford biographer Scott Eyman, who says: "The modern Western begins here."
Images from the trailer and docu clips give a pretty good idea of what the restorers were up against with "best available film elements." Video quality is OK despite the wear. Audio gets by.
Eyman delivers his talk flat, lecture-style, but provides plenty of detail and thoughtful analysis. He says Ford rescued John Wayne from the B-movie mill of Republic Pictures because the director "sensed Wayne could command a scene simply by entering it." To make sure, Ford gave Wayne one of the great entrances in screen history, using a dramatic dolly shot to rush up on the cocky Ringo Kid. Still, Wayne was Ford's favorite target for tirades, and "Ford kept picking on Wayne for 34 years," Eyman says. (As Peter Bogdanovich puts it, "There was a certain tension on a Ford set, to put it mildly.")
The men's tense yet affectionate and enduring relationship is chronicled in the recent "American Masters" profile "The Filmmaker and the Legend," included as an extra. The informative (but padded) docu runs 90 minutes. (It contains numerous spoilers.) The 2006 half-hour docu "Stagecoach: A Story of Redemption" includes testimony from Bogdanovich, who dubs it "the first psychosexual Western." ...more info
- Seminal western
A disparate group of people travel through perilous Apache territory together. Their characters are revealed as they face a series of adversities. This influential film showed that the western was capable of presenting more than singing cowboys and sneering villains. These characters are three-dimensional people with believable flaws. The entire cast, including John Wayne in the role that made his career, is exceptional. The action scenes hold up well; the Indian attack, in particular, features some outstanding stuntwork. The influence of "Stagecoach" can be seen in films as varied as "Citizen Kane," the Airport films, and "Mad Max II (The Road Warrior)."...more info
- Grandpappy of All Westerns Still Wows Us Today
"Stagecoach" bears more than a passing resemblance to Bret Harte's famous western parable, "The Outcasts of Poker Flats", which is why it, like the short story, are both great classics. A major difference between the two, however, is that "Stagecoach" has an overall happy ending, whereas the poor outcasts suffer various tragic fates.
Our "Stagecoach" has a number of interesting inhabitants: The Ladies Decency League has managed to put aboard the town's drunk doctor (Thomas Mitchell) and a lady of ill repute (Claire Trevor). A mild-mannered whiskey drummer played to perfection by Donald Meek is of great interest to the doctor, who's more than happy to hold (and raid) the salesman's sample case en route to Lordsberg. A "great lady", expecting and off to join her calvary officer husband, is warned by the town biddies not to ride with that hussy Claire Trevor, but she goes anyway. The notorious town gambler (John Carradine) sees her out the window, and offers gallantly to accompany her. Why does he seem so familiar to her? Why does he deny it? Why does he look at her "that way"? Hmmm. Andy Devine is the pessimistic coach driver, and George Bancroft is the sheriff who has decided to ride shotgun because Geronimo is on the warpath again. Then, just as the stage is leaving the outskirts of town, the town banker jams himself into the coach. The audience has just seen him embezzle funds from the bank, but the passengers know nothing of it. If this weren't enough folks already on this journey, then out on the prairie they spy a lone figure carrying a saddle, the Ringo Kid, played by John Wayne. As he's a jailbreaker bound for Lordsberg to kill the evil men who sent him up river falsely, the sheriff's got his eye on Ringo at all times.
Before this "routine" trip is over, there will be babies born, Indian chases, marriage proposals, arrow wounds, stolen horses, and a lot of near-misses for all concerned. Not to mention one big shoot-out at the end! The outcast characters will prove themselves, and some of the high and mighty will tumble awfully low. "Stagecoach" is a medieval quest set in the Old West, as everyone is on their own journey, thinking they know what they will find, but getting something very different along the way. It's my personal favorite John Ford western, and only Gary Cooper's "High Noon" stands higher in my affections. For an exhilarating ride tonight, hoist yourself into the "Stagecoach" and ride off into the sunset with this slice of humanity....more info
- Easily one of the greatest Westerns ever made
STAGECOACH is a film that is great viewed once, but even better watched repeatedly. Although the story it tells is a simple one, it is told in a deceptively simple manner. In fact, it is a heavily nuanced, deeply complex film, and it is only on repeated viewings that the complexity is revealed. For instance, if one rewatches the film focusing on just one element, such as the physical distance and placement of each character throughout the film, one realizes the degree to which John Ford is the master of his craft. This is one of those rare films that, if watched frequently enough, shows you how films are constructed and made. In fact, "Masterpiece" is almost too weak a word for a work of this quality. It is almost more "Blueprint" for future films than merely a Masterpiece.
STAGECOACH is sometimes regarded as a John Wayne vehicle, but nothing could be further from the truth. He does manage a stunning debut in an "A" picture (his extensive previous work had been in "B" oaters), but this is an ensemble picture, the strength of the film deriving from the performances of a number of important characters, and not from the performance of merely one. Had Wayne been great, but John Carradine and Donald Meek and Berton Churchill and Andy Devine and Thomas Mitchell not turned in equally as compelling performances, STAGECOACH would have been only a shadow of the film it is. Although this is not a John Wayne vehicle, he does benefit from two visually stunning moments. The first is the marvelous close up when we see the Ringo Kid for the first time. The second is his dive to the ground at the end of the film as he takes on his enemies.
STAGECOACH is a nearly flawless film. The cinematography is extraordinary. Monument Valley, which Ford used here for the first time but which is now forever associated with his films, provides a perfect backdrop to the story. As mentioned before, the large ensemble cast is flawless. The script is classic. The story utilizes the classic formula of a journey as symbolizing the changes in characters as the stagecoach goes on. The music is memorable. This is easily one of the most imitated movies in history, and watching it one can easily see why.
This movie also features one of the most famous stunts in the history of film. During the climatic chase scene across the long desert plain, an Indian rides up and jumps off his horse onto the lead team of horses on the stagecoach. John Wayne shoots him before he is able to rein in the horses and stop the coach, but the leads have fallen and are trailing the ground. So, John Wayne apparently jumps from the coach to the second team of horses, and then from them to the lead horses, where he recovers the leads. In fact, the same person, Yakima Canutt, did both stunts. This sequence is so famous that it has been spliced into dozens of movies over the years. When they filmed it Yakima first did the Indian stunt, and then dressed as John Wayne and then saved the stage. It is on the basis of this as well as his later stunt work that Yakima Canutt is considered one of the great stunt artists ever....more info
- The film that catapulted The Duke into stardom
Before 1939, a young actor named John Wayne had been starring in b-movie Westerns for years. The western genre wasn't taken very seriously, and neither was the young, sauntering cowboy who starred in them. Stagecoach changed all that. Director John Ford knew talent when he saw it, and with this film one of the greatest alliance/friendships in Hollywood history was formed--that of John Wayne and John Ford. Out of this memorable alliance several wonderful films came, but this was the first.
Shot in Utah's beautiful Monument Valley, Stagecoach follows the adventures of a group of unlikely traveling companions as they cross the stage route in an effort to stay clear of Geronimo and his band. Along the way, the group picks up the Ringo kid (Wayne), a confirmed killer. As the journey progresses, the group's true colors come forth, a young prostitute who was driven from her home (played by Claire Trevor) becomes the true heroine, and the stuck-up aristocratic woman, the banker, and the whiskey peddler are forced to learn a valuable lesson--that true inner character is far more important than social status.
The movie itself is a masterpiece, from the brilliant storyline to the climactic ending with the Ringo Kid's battle in the street. The cinematics are spectacular (especially for that time), and Ford's directing is flawless. There have been many, many Westerns since this one (a great deal of them starring John Wayne), but no Western has ever changed the face of the motion picture industry like Stagecoach did....more info
- wrongfuly acused
A very interesting movie head strong get even in this
movie.Can't help but like this movie make's you wonder how meany
real pepole might have been a simular position....more info
- Stagecoach: Boxed in People Reveal Themselves
A favorite technique of Hollywood is to place a diverse group of strangers into a box of some sort, keep them there while danger appears, and then see how they relate. Alfred Hitchcock in LIFEBOAT and John Hughes in THE BREAKFAST CLUB proved that locked in characters exhibit a range of emotions from gloom, to doom, to humor, to acceptance. In STAGECOACH, director John Ford went to the Old West as a background against which several characters are all on the run for one reason or another. On a stagecoach headed for Lordsburg, driver Buck (Andy Devine) picks up Gatewood (Berton Churchill), a crooked banker who has just embezzled his bank's money; a hooker Dallas (Claire Trevor), who needs the emotional flipside of a business notorious for a cash on the barrel philosophy; a wino Doctor Boone (Thomas Mitchell), who tries to drown his sorrows in whiskey; a glib but crooked gambler Hatfield (John Carradine), who measures all of life's risks by odds given and taken; a pregnant Lucy Mallory (Louise Platt); who seeks her husband who she feels sure will care for her and her child; a travelling salesman Sam Peacock (Donald Meek), who fears the danger of a world will intrude on his unassuming self; a sheriff Wilcox (George Bancroft), who hunts a man he is sworn to bring in; and of course the hunted man himself, the Ringo Kid (John Wayne), who seeks redemption through revenge for the murder of his family.
What Ford has done was to place these riders in a volatile situation where their respective personalities emerge such that despite some obvious differences in temperament and character, each is resigned to co-operate in the face of a common enemy, Geronimo, the Apache chief, who swears to kill them all. Even though John Wayne gets top billing, it is not he who occupies center stage. Rather, there is a collective splicing of individuals so that each takes turns in joining the group consciousness that is needed for self-defense. The climax is the protracted assault on the stagecoach by a band of Apaches who attack on horseback. These Apaches do not emerge as distinct individuals. We never learn more about them except that they are warlike and led by Geronimo. As they attack, the riders shoot back, killing one Indian after another. One would think that after losing more than a dozen warriors in the initial assault (I was counting), Geronimo would have weighed cost versus benefit and called it all off. The attack itself is a masterpiece of filming. The bouncing, jangling motion of the stagecoach is a palpable vibration felt viscerally by the audience. With the riders' ammunition running out, the gambler Hatfield is down to his last bullet, and probably for the first time in his card-sharping days decides to give a [guy] an even break. The young mother Lucy is praying to God for deliverance, but Hatfield knows that the Apaches will rape and torture her upon capture, so he resolves to use his last bullet mercifully on her. Ironically, no one on board sees this as he is killed seconds before he can pull the trigger. With further irony, a troop of US cavalry appears to chase away the Apaches. As the stagecoach pulls into Lordsburg, there is a series of happy endings. The meek salesman recovers from a wound. The crooked banker is found out and arrested. The tart Dallas and the Ringo Kid fall in love while Sheriff Wilcox allows them to ride off into the night together.
STAGECOACH was not the first hit for John Wayne, but in its superb choreography, beauteous setting of Monument Valley, sparkling dialogue, and Ford's ability to allow his cast's respective and unique styles to bounce off each other, the result is a gripping movie that is truly far more than the John Wayne vehicle it is sometimes trumped up to be. Instead, what it reveals is that in life-threatening situations, the power of the whole far exceeds the individual talents of each. Co-operation, even among quarrels, can often spell the difference between success and failure on both the screen and in real life too....more info
- Masoud Mirmomeni
It is one of the greatest movies in Western genre. Like other Ford's movies, the ending is great....more info
- An all-time classic!
There is areason why this motion picture always winds up on film critics' lists of best movies -- it is one of the best movies ever made. Usually referred to as "John Wayne's big break," Stagecoach has everything that makes a Western interesting -- the horses, the conflict, the Indians, the town drunk, the gunfighter with a heart of gold, the easterner who is amazed and frightened at the West, plus the "dance hall girl" who is thrown out of town by the local morality society.
I don't know if Ford knew he was making a classic at the time he filmed this, but that's indeed what it is. The stunts alone are well worth watching the picture...including the granddaddy of all Indian-stagecoach "car chases."
Well worth watching, again and again and again. It is in black and white, but, like Ford's other B&W movies, after five minutes, you'll find yourself amazed at the richness the black and white brings to the scene....more info
- Stagecoach Special Edition:
Stagecoach Special Edition:
The DVD review
Let's start with the good it's a great movie, even for it age it just fun to watch. My kids really got into it. It stars John Wayne as a man who has escaped from prison to avenge his father and brothers killers. Along the way he meets up with a cast of characters whom set the story in motion of course on a stagecoach running from Native Americans who are out to get them. Plus it's not a flip case that's always a plus.
Sadly they did not clean it up. If Stagecoach doesn't deserve the Disney treatment I don't know a film that does. It goes out of focus here and there and has a light flicker. It's not the Green Beret flicker but it's no Rio Grande that's for sure.
2.0 Of course it will be nice when the audio catches up to the video ability to clean up.
Here where the DVD Shines though if you already own the movie I suggest you wait 6 months till it hits 5.50 at Wal-Mart.
American Masters: John Ford/John Wayne the Film Maker the Legend
This is the PBS Special shows in may a very good documentary about duke and john. I enjoyed it and it did make up some for the lack of a restoration of the original film.
Stagecoach a Story of Redemption
A Very good look at the politics of getting stagecoach made nothing you watch twice but a good watch never the less.
5/4/1946 Academy Awards Theater Broadcast
Worth a listen to its certainly unique for a dvd extra but u won't do it twice...lol
- Guy de Maupassant?
Yep, partners. The film that made The Duke a star was based on a 19th century French classic 'Sweet (or fat, depending on translation) Pudding'. A fact that Ford hid from the studio, claiming it was based on a short story by Haycox.
He had good reason to lie. Had he told the truth one of the greatest Western of all time might never had been made, and therein lies a tale. . .
Ford had a reputation for being a good money maker when he was forced to be 'down to earth' but box office poison whenever he got 'artsy', which was often. Ford was a genius and he admired great writing, bringing Eugene O' Neill to the screen---and bombing. Outside the theater the folks in 'Middle America' just didn't take to "Mourning Becomes Electra". Thus Ford had good reason to keep the true origin of "Stagecoach" under wraps.
In 'Pudding' which takes place during the Franco-Prussian war, a group of strangers board a stagecoach. Among them are two nuns, an aristocrat and his wife, a cynic, and a prostitute nicknamed "Pudding."
They treat her like dirt until they run out of food and discover she's brought some. Later, when a Prussian officer detains and threatens them, unless 'Pudding' pleasures him, even the nuns insist that she should have sex with him. She complies, but has the last laugh--she's got syphillis and has patriotically infected an enemy of France!
All the passengers are again disgusted with her, except for the cynic, who is instead revolted with the hypocrisy of his companions. The prostitute has proven nobler than the nuns and aristocrats. . .
Well, no one was ready to have a prostitute infect Cochise or Geronimo with venereal disease in a 1940's Western, but the film follows the THEME of the classic story closely: We meet, in order of social status, 1. A respectable banker 2. An Army officer's wife 3. A liquor slaesman 4. A shady gambler, 5. A prostitute and 6. A convicted murderer (The Ringo Kid)
By the end, it's all turned upside down and the convicted murderer turns out to be a hero, the banker a crook, etc.
The uniqueness of 'Stagecoach' comes in part from the fact that yes, it is like " Lifeboat" or "The Breakfast Club " -- A bunch of strangers thrust together via outside forces. The Stagecoach is like a space capsule in the wilderness. So neither Gary Cooper nor any other star of the time would come anywhere near it, since it was written as an ENSEMBLE piece for a group of actors, not as a star vehicle.
Little did they know. . .
And if you wonder why Orson Welles studied it so closely, note the fluidity of the shots inside the supposedly cramped stagecoach, (ever wonder where the camera was? ) the incredible stunts, the sense of inpending doom as they go further into the unknown, and--Aw, shucks partner, let's just say this guy could direct!
Wayne is bigger than life, as is the first frame in which we see him.
We hear a shot , the stagecoach stops, and the camera moves in as a tall John Wayne twirls his rifle, Monument Valley framing him in the background.
Best entrance on film till the 1960's when Sean Connery graced us with "Bond, James Bond " at the casino.
John Wayne stands out and steals the film without even trying....more info
This is an excellent old John Wayne feature film. One could argue that the quality could be better, but for an old B&W movie it is excellent. John Wayne appears larger than life and Clair Trevor and the rest of the cast are all excellent choices who complement the Duke admirably. This is a must have for all fans of Mr. Wayne....more info
- A GREAT movie!
This is a cool movie that any John Wayne fan would love! Anyone adn everyone should see this western and add it to your westerns!...more info
- The father of all westerns
I watched this good movie, here in Brazil.The music is amazing,but this a "normal" western in this time, where a good indian was a dead indian.Art is art forever and this movie shows this fact....more info
- john ford and john wayne bring the western to the adults in this great movie
this is "the one" the movie that saved and brought the western back for near death and the film that made john wayne a star for the rest of his life.
john ford's stagecoach is one of his best works and the template for all westerns to follow. it might feel like you have seen all this in a million other movies,but this was the first.
the story of a group of people on a stage to the town lordsburg is a great character study of people under stress and how the good in people is on the inside and that some people who look nice are just the opposit in real life. the action is fast and the story is just the best. won oscers for music score and for thomas mitchell as the drunken doctor who is quick witted and quick drinking man who finds himself again as the trip goes along. belongs in every collection of the greatest movies ever made
- Take the stagecoach to Lordsburg in this Great Western
Stagecoach (1939) was John Ford's first western for several years and his first in Monument Valley. Ford insisted and won the argument with Producer Walter Wagner that B-movie star John Wayne should play the hero known as the "Ringo Kid"
On top the stagecoach is driver (Andy Devine) with the sheriff (George Bancroft) riding shotgun. Inside the coach are dance hall girl (Claire Trevor) being run out of town, a crooked banker (Berton Churchill) and others all with good reason for going to Lordsburg, a drunken doctor (Thomas Mitchell) A pregnant lady (Louise Platt) and her sworn protector a southern "gentleman" (John Carradine) and last but not least a most unlikely looking whiskey drummer (Donald Meek) along the way they pick up a horseless "Ringo Kid"
The Kid has broken out of prison and is out for vengeance on the Plummer brothers who had killed his father and brother but first they have to run the gauntlet of Geronimo and his band of Apache Indians on the warpath - The brilliant chase across the salt flats started off when an arrow thuds into Donald Meeks shoulder out-of-blue.
The film was based on Ernest Haycox's short story "Stage to Lordsburg". The second unit director and stuntman was the acclaimed Yakima Cannutt. Added to this were Academy Awards for: Music, Thomas Mitchell (Best Supporting Actor) and Academy Awards Nominations: John Ford (Best Picture) among others.
This film maybe nearly seventy years old but it really has stood the test of time and is a true classic and a credit to all concerned. John Ford and John Wayne went on to create a Director Actor partnership par excellence on many more fine westerns including "The Searchers" (1956) and culminating in "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" (1962).
Double value with this Two Disc Special Edition DVD Release!
- "Stagecoach" the overlooked film CLASSIC of 1939 now on DVD!
1939 was the greatest year of Hollywood films!!! Gone With The Wind (color), The Wizard of Oz (color), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Wuthering Heights, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and "Stagecoach" to name a few. What makes this even more incredible is all but the "Hunchback" were selected to the American Film Institutes (AFI) top 100 films in the last 100 years (1998).
"Stagecoach (1939)" was the first of 2 AFI top 100 films that John Wayne & John Ford (Director) made together ("The Searchers" (1956-Widescreen color, also available in DVD) was the other).
"STAGECOACH" was the first true complex western to be made on location in the "Monument Valley, Utah. Star studded cast, great story, lots of action and unbelievable stunts by the legendary stunt man - Yakima Canutt. His stunts were so dangerous that when he asked Director Ford if he got the stunt on film. Ford replied,"even if I didn't we won't do that again!" (Ford was famous for his single takes and this Canutt stunt was immortalized forever in this grand film!!!).
So if you want to enjoy this grand western adventure of 9 desperate people crossing 170 miles of Indian territory in 2 days, jump aboard this 1939 Classic that launched John Wayne career.
This DVD in Black & White, Full Screen (before WideScreen), good quality picture for a 1939 print. Enjoy....more info