Stagecoach (1939) was a Western - Black-and-white Film directed by John Ford and produced by John Ford.
The film was based on the short story The Stage to Lordsburg written by Ernest Haycox published in Collier's in Apr 1937.
Stagecoach was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1995.
Academy Awards 1939 --- Ceremony Number 12 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Supporting Actor||Thomas Mitchell||Won|
|Best Art Direction||Alexander Toluboff||Nominated|
|Best Cinematography||Bert Glennon||Nominated|
|Best Director||John Ford||Nominated|
|Best Film Editing||Otho Lovering, Dorothy Spencer||Nominated|
|Best Music - Scoring||Richard Hageman, Frank Harling, John Leipold, Leo Shuken||Won|
|Best Picture||Walter Wanger (production company)||Nominated|
Review: Stagecoach (1939)By 4 Star Film Fan on Apr 21, 2019 From 4 Star Films
While the western hardly began with Stagecoach, one could go out on a very slight limb and say it became a more fully realized version of itself in the hands of John Ford; it all but grew in stature as a genre. This progression cropped out of the prevailing assumption of the day and age that the wes... Read full article
Stagecoach: An AppreciationBy Amanda Garrett on May 15, 2018 From Old Hollywood Films
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Great Films of 1939: "Stagecoach" April 16 at the Daystar CenterBy Stephen Reginald on Mar 23, 2016 From Classic Movie Man
Great Films of 1939: "Stagecoach" April 16 at the Daystar Center Preston Sturges series: Stagecoach Where: The Venue 1550 at the Daystar Center, 1550 S. State Street, Chicago, IL When: April 16, 2016 Time: 6:45 p.m. Hosted by Stephen Reginald Stagecoach (1939) changed the western film genre fo... Read full article
The Essential Films of 1939: StagecoachBy Amanda Garrett on Nov 10, 2014 From Old Hollywood Films
The Film: Stagecoach, considered by many critics to be the first serious Western film. The Director: John Ford. The Stars: John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Thomas Mitchell, John Carradine, Donald Meek, Berton Churchill, Louise Platt, Andy Devine and George Bancroft. Source Material: The short s... Read full article
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[Mrs. Mallory, a passenger, has just given birth]
Buck: Hey, Curly, do you think I oughta charge Mrs. Mallory's baby half fare?
Marshal Curly Wilcox: Now folks, if we push on we can be in Apache Wells by sundown. Soldiers there will give us an escort as far as the ferry. Then it's only a hoot and a holler into Lordsburg. We got four men who can handle firearms - five with you, Ringo. Doc can shoot if sober.
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A device known as a "Running W" was used on the Indians' horses during the sequence where they are chasing the stagecoach. Strong, thin wires are fixed to a metal post, then the other end of the wires are attached to an iron clamp that encircles the legs of a horse, and the post is anchored into the ground. The horse is then ridden at full gallop, and when the wire's maximum length is reached - just when the rider is "shot" - the animal's legs are jerked out from underneath it, causing it to tumble violently and throw the "shot" rider off. The trouble was that the rider knew when the horse was going to fall but the horse didn't, resulting in many horses either being killed outright or having to be destroyed because of broken limbs incurred during the falls. The use of the "Running W" was eventually discontinued after many complaints from both inside and outside the film industry.
John Ford originally wanted Ward Bond to play Buck the stage driver but gave the role to Andy Devine when he found that Bond couldn't drive a "six-up" stagecoach and there wasn't time to teach him.
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