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John Ford

Stagecoach (Criterion Blu-Ray)


1 Disc

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  • United States
  • 1939
  • 96 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • English
  • Spine #516

This is where it all started. John Ford’s smash hit and enduring masterpiece Stagecoach revolutionized the western, elevating it from B movie to the A-list and establishing the genre as we know it today. The quintessential tale of a group of strangers thrown together into extraordinary circumstances, Stagecoach features outstanding performances from Hollywood stalwarts Claire Trevor, John Carradine, and Thomas Mitchell, and, of course, John Wayne, in his first starring role for Ford, as the daredevil outlaw the Ringo Kid. Superbly shot and tightly edited, Stagecoach (Ford’s first trip to Monument Valley) is Hollywood storytelling at its finest.


DallasClaire Trevor
Ringo KidJohn Wayne
BuckAndy Devine
HatfieldJohn Carradine
Doc BooneThomas Mitchell
Lucy MalloryLouise Platt
CurleyGeorge Bancroft
PeacockDonald Meek
GatewoodBerton Churchill
LieutenantTim Holt
Luke PlummerTom Tyler


DirectorJohn Ford
Presented byWalter Wanger
Original storyErnest Haycox
ScreenplayDudley Nichols
CinematographyBert Glennon
EditingOtho Lovering and Dorothy Spencer
Art directionAlexander Toluboff
Associate art directionWiard B. Ihnen
CostumesWalter Plunkett
SoundFrank Maher
Assistant directorWingate Smith

Disc Features


  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary by western authority Jim Kitses (Horizons West)
  • Bucking Broadway, a 1917 silent feature by John Ford, with new music composed and performed by Donald Sosin
  • Journalist and television presenter Philip Jenkinson’s extensive 1968 video interview with Ford
  • New video appreciation of Stagecoach, with director and Ford biographer Peter Bogdanovich
  • New video interview with Ford’s grandson, Dan Ford about the director and his home movies
  • New video piece, featuring journalist Buzz Bissinger, about trader Harry Goulding’s key role in bringing Monument Valley to Hollywood
  • New video homage to legendary stuntman Yakima Canutt, with celebrated stunt coordinator Vic Armstrong
  • Video essay by writer Tag Gallagher analyzing Ford’s visual style in Stagecoach
  • Screen Director’s Playhouse 1949 radio dramatization of Stagecoach, with John Wayne, Claire Trevor, and Ford, downloadable as an MP3 file
  • Theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by David Cairns and Ernest Haycox’s “Stage to Lordsburg,” the short story that inspired the film

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

Stagecoach: Taking the Stage

By David CairnsMay 27, 2010

Dismiss from your mind, momentarily at least, the John Ford we know, who could define himself . . . Read more »


Photo Galleries

Press Notes

Press Notes: 2010—One Last Look

January 03, 2011

Before we put 2010 to bed, we thought we’d catch up with all the year-end lists that have . . . Read more »

Press Notes

Press Notes: Looking Back at 2010

December 22, 2010

Sight & Sound’s annual poll of the year’s best DVD (and Blu-ray) releases is out, and this . . . Read more »


Saving Stagecoach

September 28, 2010

Peter Bogdanovich’slatest post onBlogdanovich, his recently launched Indiewire blog, tells . . . Read more »

Press Notes

Press Notes: Stagecoach

June 01, 2010

Few films are as monumental as Stagecoach, as reviews of the new Criterion DVD and Blu-ray . . . Read more »

Film Essays

Stagecoach: Taking the Stage

By David CairnsMay 27, 2010

Dismiss from your mind, momentarily at least, the John Ford we know, who could define himself . . . Read more »