Stagecoach to Denver

Stagecoach to Denver

Director: R. G. Springsteen

Cast: Martha Wentworth, Roy Barcroft, Peggy Stewart

     
 

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An exemplary "Red Ryder" Western, Stagecoach to Denver features Red (Allan Lane), his aunt, the Duchess (Martha Wentworth), and Little Beaver (Bobby Blake) caring for Dickie Ray (Bobby Hyatt), a young child who has broken his back in a stagecoach collision that also took the life of Land Commissioner Felton (Edward Cassidy). Unbeknownst to the people of ElkhornSee more details below

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An exemplary "Red Ryder" Western, Stagecoach to Denver features Red (Allan Lane), his aunt, the Duchess (Martha Wentworth), and Little Beaver (Bobby Blake) caring for Dickie Ray (Bobby Hyatt), a young child who has broken his back in a stagecoach collision that also took the life of Land Commissioner Felton (Edward Cassidy). Unbeknownst to the people of Elkhorn, stage owner Big Bill Lambert (Roy Barcroft) had arranged the "accident" in order to get rid of the pesky land commissioner who threatened to ruin his plans for controlling all communication between Elkhorn and Denver. Little Dickie requires an operation but Doc Kimball (Tom Chatterton) needs the consent from his nearest relative, Denver resident May Barnes (Marin Sais), whom the boy has never met. Since she is scheduled to arrive on the same stage as the new land commissioner, Taylor (Tom Chatterton), Aunt May poses a problem for Big Bill, who has them both kidnapped and replaced with his own people, Wally (Stanley Price) and Beautiful (Peggy Stewart). The latter feels sorry for little Dickie and is ready to bail but Big Bill forces her to go through with the deception. The boy survives his operation, of course, and Big Bill's treachery is eventually revealed. But Beautiful pays a rather heavy price for her part of the deception when she takes a bullet meant for Bobby.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
If perhaps a bit too somber for its initial target audience, the kids, Stagecoach to Denver survives as a superior B-Western and certainly one of the very best in the long-running Red Ryder series. Heading a great Republic stock company of supporting players, Roy Barcroft is as slick as ever as the smooth-talking villain and Peggy Stewart, all too often asked to play the usual shrinking violet, shows her not-inconsiderable acting prowess as the increasingly troubled imposter. In only his second Red Ryder film, Allan Lane, who had inherited the role from William Elliott, makes the character his very own despite surprisingly limited screen time, and Martha Wentworth, replacing Alice Fleming, is a stalwart Duchess. Interestingly, bit player Marin Sais, here briefly seen as the kidnapped aunt, would play the role of Red's aunt in Eagle-Lion's brief 1949 series. Director R.G. Springsteen, who directed all seven Lane "Red Ryders", keeps the pace up throughout and delivers an especially taut and well-staged climax.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0089218689696
Original Release:
1946
Source:
Alpha Video

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Martha Wentworth The Duchess
Roy Barcroft Big Bill Lambert
Peggy Stewart Beautiful
Allan Lane Red Ryder
Emmett Lynn Coon-Skin
Ted Adams Sheriff
Tom London rancher
Edmund Cobb Duke
Tom Chatterton Doc Kimball
Bobby Hyatt Dickie Ray
George Cheseboro Blackie
Edward Cassidy Felton
Forrest Taylor Matt Disher
Stanley Price Wally
Britt Wood Actor
Robert Blake Little Beaver
Wheaton Chambers Silas Braydon
Chuck Baldra townsman
Budd Buster Joe
Herman Hack rancher
Chick Hannon townsman
Cactus Mack rancher
Lew Morphy henchman
Frank O'Connor Taylor
Marin Sais May Barnes

Technical Credits
R. G. Springsteen Director
Mort Glickman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Edgar Lyons Cinematographer
John McCarthy Set Decoration/Design
Les Orlebeck Editor
Sidney Picker Producer
Earle Snell Screenwriter
Earl B. Wooden Set Decoration/Design
Paul Youngblood Art Director

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