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STAGECOACH: the first great western, now on DVD

Article: STAGECOACH: the first great western, now on DVD

Before John Ford shot STAGECOACH in Monument Valley, no one – especially in Hollywood – had ever heard of the place. But when the film was released in 1939, everyone claimed they discovered the magnificent red rock landscape first. No matter who the honor rightfully belongs to, the northern Arizona desert valley, dotted with sandstone buttes jutting straight up as high as 1,000 feet, proved to be the perfect backdrop for the western that famously launched the genre from “B movie to the A-list.”