The Ringo Kid in StagecoachAnnouncement Date : Jan 1 , 1939
The end of the decade brought the opportunity to work with John Ford again, this time as a star in “Stagecoach” (1939), the first John Ford movie filmed in Monument Valley.
After working at a breakneck pace in film for more than ten years, Wayne’s on-screen style and unique delivery were established. Probably one of the greatest entrance scenes in the movies, Wayne steals the movie with his physical presence in the role as the rifle-toting Ringo Kid. Having worked as a property man, Wayne knew how to use his tools of the trade. Also making its appearance in “Stagecoach” was the 1892 Winchester carbine rifle Wayne modified himself. The large loop lever and shortened barrel allowed Wayne to twirl it like a pistol.
The 32-year old Wayne emerged a major film star, a position he would hold for the next forty years. Among other nominations and awards, “Stagecoach” garnered Ford an Academy Award nomination for best director.