ByDan White, writer at

Film 128 in the "1001 Films to See Before You Die" is 1939's "Stagecoach". Written by Dudley Nichols, this film is based on Ernest Haycox's 1937 short story entitled "The Stage to Lordsburg" which follows a group of strangers riding on a stagecoach through dangerous Apache territory. Personally, I didn't enjoy this. I felt like the film wasn't going anywhere. In fact, I have no idea where they were going in the first place. Why was this group of misfits sharing a stagecoach? Why is it that in all the westerns I've seen, the doctors are always drunk and The Marshall's sidekick is a stumbler? I just felt like I was watching a repeat of all the westerns that I had seen previously. So nothing really stood out. I'm sat here trying to think of things to talk about and I can't even think of anything! That's enough of a reason to prove that this isn't a good film. Fun fact of the film - The film's healthy performance at the box office helped to reestablish the Western genre. Also, "Stagecoach" has been lauded as one of the most influential films ever made. Orson Welles argued that it was a perfect textbook of film making and claimed to have watched it more than 40 times in preparation for the making of "Citizen Kane". If you have seen this film then let me know what you thought of it in the comments. Here is what I had to say while surviving 32 minutes of 1939's "Stagecoach"

Film - Stagecoach

Year - 1939

Director - John Ford

Written by - Dudley Nichols

Staring - John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Andy Devine

IMDb Rating - 7.9/10

My Rating - ZZZZZZZzzzzz

Length - 95 min (1h 35min)

Genre - Adventure, Western

Looks like those men on horses are on the hunt

We are in the middle of nowhere in Arizona

Shout out to Wells Fargo

Snow?... in the desert?

Why is that gambler staring at me

Is it required that every western have a stumbling hillbilly that works as the marshall's helper

"What's good for the banks is good for the country"

I'll be stealing you sign because I can

So... This town has a group of women who want to send every bitchy woman to get her head chopped off

You can have one free drink on us before you leave

I thought Kansas City was in Missouri?

This banker has the facial expressions of someone who hates everyone he sees

Is it me or the gambling man looks like an old Bob Dylan

Here comes the calvery for support

So... this stagecoach consists of a bitch, a ill woman, a nervous reverand/whisky drummer, a drunk.... and the gambler

He was only saying goodbye. No need to scream

And they're off

Let's add another passenger to our gang of oddballs

I've kept by stagecoach job for 10 years to marry my Mexican girlfriend

Has it been explained why they're all in this coach?

From what it sounds, Geronimo has planning to attack

Through the desert they go

Hello Henry "The Ringo Kid"

Henry offers his help them and is now added to the group

Why does the guy on the right look like a modern day Mickey Rourke?

So... the drunk is a doctor

"A gentleman doesn't smoke in the presence of a lady"

Not gonna lie, I'm getting bored of this

And I've only just got past the 23 minute mark

Time for a break so we can change horses and the driver can have a piss and a coffee

Let's take a vote to see if we continue the journey

I predict yes

So... The ill woman is only here to see her husband as she's already been traveling from Virginia

Does the gambler always have a pack of cards on him at all times?

Is there a reason why the bitch is being the way she is?

Can someone explain to me what the hell is going on?

Just sit down and have some food already

All they have for food is mushy peas!

And I'm gone



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