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Stage to Chino (1940)

To investigate a gold-shipping scam, a postal inspector goes undercover and tries to infiltrate the gang he believes is responsible.

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Edward Killy

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Morton Grant (screenplay), Arthur V. Jones (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George O'Brien ... Dan Clark
Virginia Vale ... Caroline McKay
Hobart Cavanaugh ... J. Horatio Boggs
Roy Barcroft ... Dude Elliot
William Haade ... Slim
Carl Stockdale ... Charlie Lait
Glenn Strange ... Bill Hoagland
Harry Cording ... Pete - Henchman
Martin Garralaga ... Pedro
Ethan Laidlaw ... Wheeler
Tom London ... Dolan - Henchman
Pals of the Golden West ... Musicians
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Through the death of her father, Caroline McKay comes into ownership of the McKay Stage Line, running between Prescott and Chino, Arizona. She is unaware that her uncle, Charles Lait, who runs the line for her, is secretly plotting with Dude Elliott to force her to sell out at a low figure. Elliott henchman Pete Branagan, while Caroline is a passenger, holds up the stage and attempts to take the mail, but the hold-up is foiled when Dan Clark, a postal inspector on the way to Chino, rides up and drives off the bandit. Caroline offers Dan a job as a driver, not knowing his real job, and he accepts so he can investigate the situation. Dan induces the miners to send their gold to Prescott as mail shipments via the stage. Knowing that a successful robbery will lose the mail contract for the McKay line, Elliott plans to have Lait rob the safe that night. Elliott comes to the office, gets the gold from the safe and ties up Lait to make it look convincing, and has the stage barn and stables ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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ACTION IN THE WEST!...where guns speak fast...and hearts speak faster! See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Caroline McKay: Maybe our luck will change.
Charlie Lait: Not as long as Elliott is after the mail contract.
Caroline McKay: You mean Elliott is our bad luck?
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Soundtracks

Riding on the Stage to Chino
Music and lyrics by Fleming Allen
Played and sung by the Pals of the Golden West during the opening credits
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O'Brien Eases Out
19 October 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

George O'Brien is a postal inspector. He goes undercover to court pretty Virginia Vale, who owns a stage line, and to investigate Roy Barcroft, who owns a rival line and most of Chino, and is running a gold-shipping scam.

It's a light-hearted RKO B western. Hobart Cavanaugh has a pretty big and moderately funny role as a drummer who has whatever goods are needed for any plot point. Despite the usual good standards of O'Brien's RKO westerns, he was getting tired of the grind. He had been a huge star at Fox in the 1920s, for John Ford and in such prestige movies as SUNRISE. With the coming of sound he lost his contract and went into B movies, until RKO got his contract in 1938. For three years he toiled in popular B Westerns, but this one would be his next-to-last in the series. He would largely retire thereafter and, after a hitch in the Navy (he was also a WWI Navy vet), would play a few more roles for Ford and deal with his investments.


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