Texas Stagecoach


59m 1940

Film Details

Also Known As
Texas Express
Release Date
May 23, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
59m
Film Length
6 reels

Synopsis

Larry Kinkaid and his father Jim, owners of a Texas stagecoach line, are friendly business competitors with Jean Harper and her brother Bob, who run the rival line. Their friendly rivalry turns to enmity, however, when banker John Appleby schemes to gain control of both lines by pitting one against the other. With the aid of his henchman, Shoshone Larsen, Appleby concocts a road building race to the next town, thereby creating contention between the two lines. Warfare escalates between the two companies when Larsen provokes a fight that results in the destruction of the Harper supply coach by Kinkaid's men. Fueled entirely by Appleby's connivances, fighting and mistrust between the two companies intensifies, and when Tug Wilson, a homesteader whom Appleby has placed in the way of the trailblazers, refuses to move when offered right-of-way money, Larry begins to suspect a conspiracy. After Larry fires Larsen for having more interest in fighting the Harpers than working on the road, Larsen takes Jim out to the wilderness and shoots him because he threatened to expose Appleby's operation. Jim manages to write the first two letters of his murderer's name in the dirt before he dies, and when Larry discovers his father, he believes that he was trying write his name. Larry soon realizes that it was Larsen's name that he was trying to write when he returns to the scene of the murder and finds the killer there. A gunfight between the two men ensues, and Larry forces a confession from Larsen, which implicates Appleby as the brains behind the operation. Peace is finally restored after the Harpers and the Kinkaids combine forces and tow Tug's shack away from the trail, thus re-opening the way for friendly competition between the two companies.

Film Details

Also Known As
Texas Express
Release Date
May 23, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
59m
Film Length
6 reels

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Trivia

Notes

A working title for this film was Texas Express. Although Hollywood Reporter production charts list actors Bill Elliott, Dub Taylor, Ray Bennett, Al Hill and Ernie Adams in the cast, their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Modern sources list actors George Chesebro, George Morrell, Blackie Whiteford, Lillian Lawrence, Fred Burns and Carl Stockdale in the cast.