Stagecoach (1939)-Introduction to Monument Valley Location

On TCM 9/3/16- Stagecoach (1939) –Master director John Ford introduces us to two of his future signatures: the Monument Valley location and with a rare very self-conscious zoom in for Ford when his leading man appears for the first time in any Ford film on John Wayne as the Ringo kid. Everyone mistakes the passenger liquor salesman Peacock played by Donald Meek for a preacher. But the joy of Oscar winning here Thomas Mitchell as the heavy drinking Doc Boone discovering this passenger’s true vocation is priceless Fordian humor. I love the performance of Claire Trevor as Dallas and she has great chemistry with the Duke.

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