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Stagecoach 1939 film review

Stagecoach 1939 film review

Stagecoach (1939, United States)

Running time
96 minutes
Our rating
★★★★★★★★☆☆ 8 / 10

The film takes place in the second half of the 19th century, several passengers travels in the stagecoach, among them the sheriff. Along the way, they are joined by criminal Ringo Kid, who seeks revenge on the murderers of his family. Among the passengers are interesting characters: heavy drinking doctor, a banker, alcohol trader, prostitute driven out of the city, gambler, the pregnatn wife of an officer. During the journey the coach is attacked by Indians and it seems that the passengers won’t avoid the final clash with them. We see how the danger is changing human behavior and character - drunkard breaks out of his addivtion and helps with the labor, which restores his dignity as a doctor. Banker turns out to be an embezzler, the criminal, gambler and a prostitute show that they deserve the respect and recognition.

This film has defined a new type of western - the hero here is the criminal, and under the threat people’s behavior changes, which is very well-presented by Ford. Very good director and the actors, even the fights with Indians is less important than the psychological observations of people riding in the coach. This is one of the first major movies in career of John Wayne, who later became the icon of westerns.

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Creators of Stagecoach

John Ford films

John Ford


Ernest Haycox films

Ernest Haycox


Dudley Nichols films

Dudley Nichols


Ben Hecht films

Ben Hecht


Cast of Stagecoach

John Wayne films

John Wayne

as Ringo Kid

Claire Trevor films

Claire Trevor

as Dallas

Andy Devine films

Andy Devine

as Buck

John Carradine films

John Carradine

as Hatfield

Thomas Mitchell films

Thomas Mitchell

as Dr Josiah Boone

Louise Platt films

Louise Platt

as Lucy Mallory

George Bancroft films

George Bancroft

as sheriff Curly Wilcox

Donald Meek films

Donald Meek

as Samuel Peacock

Berton Churchill films

Berton Churchill

as Henry Gatewood

Tim Holt films

Tim Holt

as lieutenant Blanchard

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