Director: John Ford

96 mins, USA, 1939, Blu-ray, Black and White.

This film screened 15th August 2018.

Screening as part of The Eyes of Orson Welles season August 11th to 29th. Click for details. 

Throughout his career, Welles remained unstinting in his praise of John Ford. He claimed that he watched Stagecoach some 40 times in advance of filming Citizen Kane, saying, “As it turned out, the first day I ever walked onto a set was my first day as a director. I’d learned whatever I knew in the projection room – from Ford”.

In this Western, John Wayne, in his breakthrough role, joins a group of travellers who come under threat from Apaches on the warpath. A film that proved hugely influential on any number of directors, it was for Welles the textbook for filmmaking.

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