Stagecoach


1h 54m 1966

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1966
Premiere Information
Denver, Colorado, opening: 18 May 1966
Production Company
Martin Rackin Productions
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Location
Monument Valley, Utah, USA
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Stage to Lordsburg" by Ernest Haycox in Collier's (Apr 1937) and the film Stagecoach written by Dudley Nichols (Walter Wanger Productions, Inc., 1939).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 54m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

Shortly after a band of Sioux Indians have slaughtered a detachment of the U. S. Cavalry, a stagecoach passes through the area of the massacre. The occupants of the stagecoach are: Dallas, a dancehall girl being run out of town; Doc Boone, an alcoholic medic; Mr. Peacock, a liquor salesman who dresses like a preacher; Lucy Mallory, a pregnant Army wife en route to join her husband in Cheyenne; Hatfield, a hardened gambler who served in the Civil War under Mrs. Mallory's father; and Henry Gatewood, a banker absconding with $10,000 of his father-in-law's money. Riding atop alongside the jittery driver, Buck, is Marshal Curly. The coach is stopped by the Ringo Kid, an outlaw tracking down the Plummer family, who killed his father and brother. The marshal takes away Ringo's rifle and orders him into the coach. During the long journey Doc Boone and Peacock become fast friends, Ringo romances the fiery Dallas, Hatfield comforts Mrs. Mallory as her labor begins, and the nervous Gatewood endlessly complains about time being wasted. At Horseshoe Bend, Mrs. Mallory, attended by Doc and Dallas, gives birth to her baby. Gatewood makes an unsuccessful attempt to steal one of the stage horses, and Ringo tries to escape from the marshal. Once the coach is again under way, Apaches attack. In the furious battle that follows, Hatfield is killed before the Indians are finally driven off. When the battered coach reaches Cheyenne, the marshal handcuffs Ringo to a wheel to prevent him from going after the Plummer family. The marshal learns about Gatewood's crime from the local stage agent. He enters the saloon to arrest Gatewood and is wounded by the Plummer boys. Luke Plummer, the boys' father, kills Gatewood for the $10,000; and Ringo is set free. In the final shoot-out, Ringo guns down his three enemies as a fire breaks out in the saloon. The marshal forfeits the reward for Ringo's capture and allows the outlaw to ride off with Dallas during the confusion caused by the fire.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1966
Premiere Information
Denver, Colorado, opening: 18 May 1966
Production Company
Martin Rackin Productions
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Location
Monument Valley, Utah, USA
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Stage to Lordsburg" by Ernest Haycox in Collier's (Apr 1937) and the film Stagecoach written by Dudley Nichols (Walter Wanger Productions, Inc., 1939).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 54m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Location scenes filmed in Colorado. The film is a remake of John Ford's Stagecoach, released in 1939 by United Artists.

Miscellaneous Notes

Selected in 1995 for inclusion in the Library of Congress' National Film Registry.

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1966

Shown at Film Forum in New York City June 21 & 22, 1989.

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1966

Shown at Norwegian Film Festival in Haugesund (Norwegian Film Institute Golden Anniversary) August 19-25, 1989.

Based on the short story "Stage to Lordsburg" by Ernest Haycox in Collier's (April, 1937).

Remake of John Ford's 1939 version.

Released in USA on video.

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