Special Presentations
FILMS THAT FALL OUTSIDE OTHER CATEGORIES YET MERIT THEIR OWN SCREENINGS

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Stagecoach
USA, 1939, 96 min., B/W

The Western of Westerns! Directed by John Ford, the master of the genre, this epic saga is the film that made John Wayne (as the Ringo Kid) a star and earned Thomas Mitchell (as Doc) an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. When a rag-tag cross-section of folks travel across the vast landscape of Monument Valley towards Lordsburg, New Mexico, Native American leader Cochise leaves the reservation on the warpath. The film’s high point is a thrilling race across the desert flats as the tribesmen descend upon the stagecoach and its inhabitants, with stunning feats by by legendary American stuntman Yakima Canutt. Orson Welles supposedly studied this film before making his own landmark, CITIZEN KANE, and it’s obvious why. As the Ringo Kid says himself, “there are some things a man just can’t run away from.” This film is one of them.

-- Sean Griffin

Screenings
Director
John Ford
Screenwriter
based on the story by Ernest Haycox, Dudley Nichols
Cinematographer
Bert Glennon
Editor
Otho Lovering, Dorothy Spencer
Cast
John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Andy Devine

Director Bio
John Ford was a legendary Irish-American film director famous for his Western films including STAGECOACH (1939), THE SEARCHERS (1956), THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE (1962), and for adaptations of classic novels such as THE GRAPES OF WRATH (1940). In a career that spanned more than 50 years, he directed more than 140 films, and he holds an Academy Awards record, having won Best Director a total of four times, in 1935, 1940, 1941, and 1952.
Screenings Co-presented by:
John Wayne Film Festival
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