September 24, 2021 | Rome, Italy

Stagecoach

By | 2018-03-21T18:23:46+01:00 June 1st, 2008|Reviews|

3.5

Date: 1939

Director: John Ford

Starring: John Wayne, Clare Trevor, John Carradine, Andy Devine

What more could you ask for than a wisecracking John Wayne before the Duke became a victim of his larger-than-life image? When John Ford cast him as “The Ringo Kid” in this edgy Western he was just 32 and a marginal player on the star-system scene. The top-story is Indian arrow-straight. A stagecoach heads West into Geronimo-land and everyone’s on edge.

As the coach’s occupants become more preoccupied, tensions between the riders arise and mature. Ford employs anxiety to disclose character (“Well, there are some things a man just can’t run away from,” says Ringo, née Henry). They include, greed, treachery, cowardice and (in the end) the love of a good woman (Clare Trevor as Dallas). It’s a frontier morality tale that admits for both humanity and prejudice and doesn’t shy from melancholy.

About the Author:

A military brat, Marcia Yarrow was born in Hamburg, Germany but grew up in Germany, Spain, and Provo, Utah. She's been writing for the magazine since its creation in 2004.

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