Essential cinema. Ford's first teaming with Wayne resulted in one of the quintessential westerns that has lost none of its ability to thrill and entertain. Perfectly constructed with impeccable direction, strong performance, memorable editing and fine cinematography by Bert Glennon. The film made Wayne a star but turns by Trevor, Devine, Carradine, Mitchell and Bancroft should not be overlooked either. Classic.
There's a lot of purists here. I feel like I'm watching 'Children of Men' where everyone is ignoring the subtext. It's well shot, but it's propaganda. It's America the way we wanted it to be. You want a fantasy, here it is. If only it hadn't been tied to one of the most shameful periods in American history.
Stagecoach? Oh yeah. Great movie. '39 was a great year. There are films that we tend to take for granted with the passage of time, but there are often good reasons why a film is considered a "classic". One is that in Stagecoach, every single shot is perfect, without ever falling into artsyness. That brilliant old S.O.B. had a great eye, actually two at that time.
Thrilling, humorous, moving. the good adjectives to describe the first Ford-Wayne masterpiece are countless. A magnificent film with richness all over, heroism, racism, social class struggles, love stories and a charming alcoholic played by Thomas Mitchell.