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Stagecoach (1939)
Topic Started: Jun 11 2010, 10:04 PM (322 Views)
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Well, I'm not gonna review the whole film... we've all seen it. As mentioned, I love the new Criterion Blu-ray edition; it's not pristine, but it's as good as this film has ever looked, and it's packed with bonus material, including a silent Ford western that I loved, too.

The FNF gang really enjoyed it, thought John Wayne had a "great butt" (well, the two women said that, I hadn't noticed) and enjoyed that it was different from our usual fare. Thomas Mitchell's drunken doctor was the hit of the evening, no doubt, and nobody recognized Cap'n Marvel as the lead villain.

The cartoon was "Waitin' for Satan" or something like that; Sylvester dies and goes to hell and the devil (a big red bulldog) talks him into wasting his other 8 lives trying to catch Tweety. Funny stuff, very colorful. An episode of the Shadow and a pair of highly enjoyable 1928 musical shorts (one with Van & Schenck and one with Fuzzy Knight) rounded out the evening. Oh, that and a trailer for our next attraction.... a little something based on a famous work by Agatha Christie...
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Roger Ebert adds Stagecoach to his "Great Films":

http://rogerebert.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110801/REVIEWS08/110809999

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One thig I do not understand about this film is that TCM Canada cannot broadcast Stagecoach in Canada - Go Figure??
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I'm sure it's an issue of rights. It's amazing how many films are restricted in one way or another in various countries because of disputes around legal rights.
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John Wayne cocks his (one in one thousand?) Winchester in a very stylish way, lol - more stylish than Chuck! :D

Capt. Marvel also had a similar dandy encounter with Errol Flynn - I suspect Flynn missed when he tried to holster his piece in that scene! B)
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Aug 9 2011, 12:43 AM
John Wayne cocks his (one in one thousand?) Winchester in a very stylish way, lol - more stylish than Chuck! :D

Capt. Marvel also had a similar dandy encounter with Errol Flynn - I suspect Flynn missed when he tried to holster his piece in that scene! B)
So it's not just me who finds so many similarities between Luke Plummer and Lafe McWilliams. :)

Yes "Stagecoach" is considered one of the greatest westerns, all factor notwithstanding, and I have heard plenty about Tom Tyler's onscreen time, brief as it was, he definitely makes the most of it. The way he uses his facial expressions and body language, stemmed from his silent film career as leading man in B-westerns for FBO.
Petition: Turner Entertainment/Warner Brothers: Please digitalize Tom Tyler's surviving FBO silent film westerns

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/650/139/217/turner-entertainmentwarner-brothers-please-digitize-tom-tylers-surviving-fbo-silent-films/
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