John Ford

Stagecoach

Stagecoach

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.

Film Info

  • John Ford
  • United States
  • 1939
  • 96 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.37:1
  • English
  • Spine #516

Special Features

SPECIAL EDITION 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

Purchase Options

Special Features

SPECIAL EDITION 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

Stagecoach
Cast
Claire Trevor
Dallas
John Wayne
Ringo Kid
Andy Devine
Buck
John Carradine
Hatfield
Thomas Mitchell
Doc Boone
Louise Platt
Lucy Mallory
George Bancroft
Curley
Donald Meek
Peacock
Berton Churchill
Gatewood
Tim Holt
Lieutenant
Tom Tyler
Luke Plummer
Credits
Director
John Ford
Presented by
Walter Wanger
Original story
Ernest Haycox
Screenplay
Dudley Nichols
Cinematography
Bert Glennon
Editing
Otho Lovering
Editing
Dorothy Spencer
Art direction
Alexander Toluboff
Associate art direction
Wiard B. Ihnen
Costumes
Walter Plunkett
Sound
Frank Maher
Assistant director
Wingate Smith

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