STAGECOACH (Theatrical Release USA 1939)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.9|5.0 Starsììì

Stagecoach—significant historically as the first western ‘talkie’ or sound film directed by John Ford—still has high entertainment value in 2020. The casting relies on the talents of John Wayne, Andy Devine, John Carradine, Tim Holt, and Donald Meek. The story has a straightforward presentation with good drama and some terrific action and stunt scenes. The storyline itself is obviously dated, but still relevant as a very good study in human attitudes and interactions.

Storyline

Passengers on a stagecoach are attacked by Geronimo.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director John Ford for directing effort. Thank you to Producer John Ford for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Dallas (Claire Trevor), Ringo Kid (John Wayne), Buck (Andy Divine), Hatfield (John Carradine), Doc Josiah Boone (Thomas Mitchell), Mrs. Lucy Mallory (Louise Platt), Marshal Curley Wilcox (George Bancroft) Samuel Peacock (Donald Meek), Ellsworth Henry Gatewood (Berton Churchill), Lieutenant Blanchard (Tim Holt), and Luke Plummer (Tom Tyler).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. The movie is worth a watch and still has value as an addition to the home video collection.

Ben Meyers

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