Stagecoach

1939 | Western | 96 minutes | English

Info
In June,1880, a group of strangers board a stagecoach traveling from the Arizona Territory to Lordsburg, New Mexico.  Among them are  Dallas, a prostitute driven out of town because of her profession, Doc Boone, an alcoholic philosopher, Samuel Peacock, a timid liquor salesman, a pregnant Lucy Mallory traveling to join her cavalry officer husband,  and the Ringo Kid, an escaped outlaw. When the stagecoach reaches the edge of town, they pick up Henry Gatewood,  who embezzled money from his bank. Although warned of the presence of war-like Apaches along the way, the stagecoach proceeds. When Lucy Mallory is informed  her husband has been wounded,  she goes into labor. Doc Boone sobers up and with the help of Dallas, delivers the baby.  Ringo falls in love with Dallas and asks her to join him at his ranch in Mexico and get married. But first, Ringo must find a way to escape and avert going to jail.
Cast
John Wayne (Ringo Kid) / Claire Trevor (Dallas) / Thomas Mitchell (Doc Boone) / Donald Meek (Samuel Peacock) / Louise Platt (Lucy Mallory) / Berton Churchill (Henry Gatewood)
Why Stream This Film?
 In his biography of Orson Welles, Simon Callow wrote that “Welles saw STAGECOACH 40 times before filming CITIZEN KANE.” Enough said!    
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 100%
Accolades
  • Academy Awards: Winner, Best Picture;  Best Actor in a SupportingRole (Thomas Mitchell); Best Director (John Ford)
  • National Board of Review: Winner, Best Actor (Thomas Mitchell); Listed, Top Ten Films of the Year
  • New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Winner, Best Director (John Ford)
  • The film was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in its National Film Registry.
  • The film received a perfect 100% Rotten Tomatoes score
STAGECOACH holds our attention effortlessly and is paced with the elegance of asymphony. Ford doesn’t squander his action and violence in an attempt to whore for those with a short attention span. He tells a story during which we learn to know the characters and become invested in them. This is a very civilized Western.
Roger Ebert

RogerEbert.com

STAGECOACH is John Ford in peak form, sustaining interest and suspense throughout and presenting exceptional characterizations. The film is a display of photographic grandeur.

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