Nine disparate travelers are thrust together on a Stagecoach destined for Apache territory... and movie immortality. As the Ringo Kid, director John Ford cast a lanky veteran of 70 B-movies, serials and shorts named John Wayne. Each rifle shot a closeup rang out the news: a new star is born. Claire Trevor, Thomas Mitchell (in his Academy Award-winning performance) and others made memorable impressions. Stunt legend Yakima Canutt provided hair-raising thrills. And 17 American folk songs formed the basis of an Oscar-winning score. This adventure ushered in a 30-year era of great Westerns, many featuring its top practitioners - Ford and Wayne.