Very little of the movie has the pristine, perfect look I had hoped for when purchasing this bluray.
There is even at times some sound issues, including speaker hiss.
It solidified Ford as a major director and established Wayne as a charismatic screen presence.
Seen today, Stagecoach still impresses as the first mature instance of a Western that is both mythic and poetic.
Like Lifeboat, a collection of people from different social levels are trapped together under great stress.
Amongst the urban travelers is Ringo (Wayne) as the prison breaking cowboy out to avenge the death of his brother.
While Wayne turns in a fine performance as the Ringo Kid - not one of his best, but very good - he is not the only reason for watching this fine film.
His co-star, Claire Trevor, was a much bigger name than Wayne at the time and was given lead billing..plays Dallas, the quintessential saloon gal w/the heart of gold.
The ubiquitous Thomas Mitchell (he was in four other major films in 1939, including "GWTW", "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "Mr Smith Goes to Washington") won a much deserved Oscar for his role as the iconic drunken town doc who always sobers up when he's needed.
Andy Devine, who along with Gabby Hays and Walter Brennan, defined the Western sidekick role, plays the stage driver, Buck.
Aside from a wonderful thrilling action western, the film has great dialogue: Doc Boone, "Ringo didn't I fix your broken arm?