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Stagecoach

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Original title
Stagecoach
Year
Running time
99 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Dudley Nichols (Story: Ernest Haycox)
Music
American popular songs XIX Century
Cinematography
Bert Glennon (B&W)
Cast
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Producer
United Artists
Genre
Western
Synopsis / Plot
A stagecoach is set to leave Tonto, New Mexico, for a distant settlement in Lordsburg, with a diverse set of passengers on board. Dallas (Claire Trevor) is a woman with a scandalous past who has been driven out of town by the high-minded ladies of the community. Lucy Mallory (Louise Platt) is the wife of a cavalry officer stationed in Lordsburg, and she's determined to be with him. Hatfield (John Carradine) is a smooth-talking cardsharp who claims to be along to "protect" Lucy, although he seems to have romantic intentions. Dr. Boone (Thomas Mitchell) is a self-styled philosopher, a drunkard, and a physician who's been stripped of his license. Mr. Peacock (Donald Meek) is a slightly nervous whiskey salesman (and, not surprisingly, Dr. Boone's new best friend). Gatewood (Berton Churchill) is a crooked banker who needs to get out of town. Buck (Andy Devine) is the hayseed stage driver, and Sheriff Wilcox (George Bancroft) is along to offer protection and keep an eye peeled for the Ringo Kid (John Wayne), a well-known outlaw who has just broken out of jail. While Wilcox does find Ringo, a principled man who gives himself up without a fight, the real danger lies farther down the trail, where a band of Apaches, led by Geronimo, could attack at any time.
Awards
1939: 2 Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor (Thomas Mitchell), OST (adapted). 7 Nominations
1939: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Director
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