Stagecoach

1939

Action / Adventure / Romance / Western

7
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 86%
IMDb Rating 7.9 10 34863

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John Wayne as Ringo Kid
Thomas Mitchell as Doc Josiah Boone
John Carradine as Hatfield
William Hopper as Sergeant
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Reviewed by beckr1 10 / 10

The one that started it all!

Relegated to B-movie status, the Western was Hollywood's stepchild and was never thought of as a serious movie. Stagecoach changed all of that and movie history was made. Moral ambiguity abounds as a cast of disparate characters are put together in claustrophobic environments and forced to deal with each other in the ultimate road trip movie (still used today: Rain Man, Little Miss Sunshine). Orson Welles watched Stagecoach over 40 times while filming Citizen Kane and incorporated scenes with ceilings (a practice rarely used). Akira Kurosawa was inspired so much by this movie he went on to make The Seven Samarai. Stop and think about this for a minute, Stagecoach was responsible for two of the greatest movies ever made!! Combine this with being John Ford's first talking film, his first time filming in Monument Valley and John Wayne's star- making role makes this not only an influential Western genre film but also one of the most influential films of all time.

Reviewed by SimonJack 9 / 10

The "Casablanca" of Westerns

Except for some oddities about it, "Stagecoach" would warrant all 10 stars. Fortunately, those don't detract from excellent acting all around in a movie with a great plot. The story in this film is engaging and keeps one interested with new and different twists. None of these is surprising – except for the pleasant one at the end. But, those keep one interested watching a bunch of folks traveling on a stagecoach.

Many reviews discuss the plot, and the film billing tells what the story is about. So, after these overall accolades about plot and cast, I'll note the oddities that lower the film production down a notch.

I think of "Stagecoach" as the "Casablanca" of Westerns. By that, I mean that it has a little bit of everything for the time and place. And, it just seems to capture the atmosphere of the place and time in history. The film has a great cast with an engaging story. "Casablanca" had intrigue, World War II Vichy occupation and threats by Nazis, POWs on the run and others fleeing Germany, the fringe area just outside the cordon of the Nazis, black market, resistance, open market and regular business in an open city, night clubs with night life, and romance. "Stagecoach" has the Old West, Indian uprising, a pregnant woman traveling to be with her U.S Calvary husband, a saloon gal leaving town at the behest of the local prudence society, a clandestine bank robbery, an alcoholic doctor forced to change residences, an escaped criminal, a long stagecoach ride, and romance.

Thomas Mitchell won best supporting actor for his role as Doc Boone. By now, most movie fans would know that "Stagecoach" was John Wayne's break-out film, as the Ringo Kid. "Duke" had made more movies before this than many movie stars make in a lifetime. He had more than 80 films under his belt, dating back to 1926. He had achieved some recognition for Westerns and sports films, but he mostly was stuck in the second-tier of movie makers before this. That all changed after 1939. He still made Westerns, but most were major studio productions with sound plots, sets and casts. And, he branched out with some drama, comedy and then war films.

The rest of the cast is superb. It includes a later Oscar winner, Claire Trevor as Dallas, and Oscar nominee, George Bancroft, as Marshal Curley Wilcox. Others are some of the top supporting actors of the day – especially in, but not limited to, Westerns. Andy Devine is Buck, the stage driver. John Carradine is Hatfield, the professional gambler and former Civil War officer. Donald Meek is the traveling liquor salesman, whom Doc eagerly takes under wing. Tim Holt plays a cavalry officer, and other familiar faces have supporting roles.

"Stagecoach" also won the Oscar for best musical score, and it had five other nominations, including best picture and best director. And that was in a year in which Hollywood produced more than a dozen truly great films, including "Gone With the Wind" that took home eight Oscars. "Stagecoach" and "The Wizard of Oz" each won two Oscars. These and any of the others of the 10 nominated for best picture would beat out most other films nominated since 2000, and many nominated in the last third of the 20th century.

But, "Stagecoach" had some odd or nagging things about it as well. The first thing that struck me as very odd was Curley carrying a double barrel shotgun. Yes, he was riding "shotgun" on the stage, but they expected trouble with the Indians. His shotgun wouldn't be effective much beyond 75 yards and he is shooting at Indians clearly 100 to 200 yards away. And hitting them. For better reality, he should have had a rifle.

Another oddity was the Indians. They all seemed to be older guys – many quite a bit older. It was usually the braves, the younger men, who went on the warpath. Then, when they arrive in Lordsburg, the stage first lets the women and wounded off. Then it keeps going down the street and when it stops, Dallas is already there. That seemed to be a continuity problem that was very obvious.

John Ford supposedly discovered Monument Valley in Arizona and it became "the" place to film Westerns over the next couple of decades – at least for Ford. That area along the Arizona-Utah border is striking. It became a sort of icon of the territory of the West. In reality, most of the West is nothing like it – or has bits and pieces of what looks like Monument Valley among prairies, mountains, dry and lush valleys, etc. But Monument Valley is high country desert – with the desert climate to go with it. Only sagebrush grows there. The valley is just under 30 square miles and it lies entirely within the Navajo Indian Reservation. This movie shows the buttes of Monument Valley from just about every angle. It's hard to imagine anyone settling or living in a place like that, and indeed, no one did. So, when the stage pulls into a thriving town of Lordsburg, it's a stretch of the imagination.

But for that little bit of unreality, "Stagecoach" is a fantastic film and one that generations to come should enjoy.

Reviewed by morrison-dylan-fan 10 / 10

"Our national debt is something shocking. Over one billion dollars a year! What this country needs is a businessman for president!"

Nearing the end of the poll on ICM for the best movies of 1939,I started to check on Amazon UK for DVDs. Hearing about the impact it had on Citizen Kane,and also a fan of their team-up for The Long Voyage Home,I saddled up for the first collaboration between John Ford and The Duke.

The plot:

In 1880 a group of passengers get on the stagecoach from Tonto, Arizona Territory to Lordsburg, New Mexico Territory. Among the passengers are prostitute Dallas and alcoholic doctor Boone. Before setting off,Buck finds out that his regular guard has gone off to chase after outlaw Henry "The Ringo Kid" escaped jail so he can get revenge for Luke Plummer killing his dad and brother,which leads to Marshal Curly Wilcox taking the role of guard. Going into Apache land, the stagecoach team are soon met by the Apache's,and Ringo.

View on the film:

Riding into his first "talkie" Western, producer/ director John Ford & cinematographer Bert Glennon display a remarkable eye for using the soundtrack to build upon the images,from the pop of bullets darting round the screen,to the creaking sounds of the stagecoach highlighting how close the group are to danger at every turn. Going to Monument Valley for the first time, Ford looks across a valley of spectacular action,via wide-shots crisply following Yakima Canutt's stunt work, and stylish shots looking out of the window of the rumbling coach.

Inspiring Orson Welles (who watched it over 40 times when making his debut) use of ceilings in Citizen Kane,Ford and Glennon brilliantly contrast the great outdoors action with an intimate,claustrophobic atmosphere,of the limited space in the rooms subtly bringing a closeness to Dallas and Ringo,and also squeezing the group into a tight space,where they must work with each other to escape. Loosely based on Boule de Suif by Guy de Maupassant (whose Bel Ami was wonderfully adapted in the same year) and Ernest Haycox's short story The Stage to Lordsburg,the screenplay by Dudley Nichols superbly gives every member of the gang their fair share of attention,which goes from the ill at ease Wilcox and dashing Ringo, to the playful Buck and alluring Dallas. Sending them round the track,Nichols makes each element of the group join into a thrilling team, with the cornering from the Apaches sanding down the dividing differences.

The biggest name in the cast when the movie was made, Claire Trevor gives an excellent performance as prostitute (something the Hays Code had "issues" with) Dallas,thanks to Trevor making Dallas strong- willed against any of the guys,but also being well aware of the "outcast" status the job labels her with. Joined by a charming Andy Devine as Buck and a terrific George Bancroft as Wilcox, Da Duke gives a great performance as outlaw Ringo. Pushed around by Ford behind the scenes, Wayne bring out the rough treatment on screen by giving Ringo eyes a burning determination to see the stagecoach complete the journey.

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