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  • Warning: Spoilers
    One more good little western produced by Wallace Mac Donald, the "rich man"'s Sam Katzman, even if the features he produced were not more expensive either. But far better. Many Columbia products not know from this side of the Atlantic - France - were made under the supervision of Mac Donald. The producer. And it seems that Ray Nazarro directed most of them.

    Speaking of this film, I like it well. It is fast paced, with good ideas, especially the "Phantom Stagecoach", a stagecoach with out driver outside, which attacks real stagecoaches, in order to rob them, of course. An investigator working undercover for Well's Fargo Company tries to capture the outlaws responsible of the robberies.

    Good standard movie, where we find the famous supporting heavy John Doucette. One of the most great bad guys of B pictures of the 40's, 50's and early 60's...
  • Yeah, I love Westerns, especially '50s Westerns. This one had this the right mix of good v evil, action and romance. As in most westerns made in the '50s, at an hour and 15 minutes, the pace is fast with no wasted scenes. A very good watch for western fans or movie fans period.
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    *Plot and ending analyzed*

    The Phantom Stagecoach (1957) doesn't rise above the average rating, and it seems more like a TV Western, but there's some good stunt work with horses in here.

    The plot is a mysterious stranger helps ward off an attack on a stagecoach. He shows up in town, trying to help the Stagecoach owner with constant attacks on his Stage line. Turns out, he's actually a Wells Fargo agent.

    The Phantom Stagecoach of the title is an armored Stagecoach built by the men trying to sabotage the other Stage line. The Phantom Stagecoach chases the other stagecoach, but all they had to do was shoot the horses and disable the armored Stagecoach. But the chase scene is fun.

    Character actor Ray Teal (Decision at Sundown (1957), Hangman's Knot (1952) and Ace in the Hole (1951) is in here as a Sheriff, which he played often in many Westerns.

    Some of the horse chase scenes change midway, like they used some stock footage from another film. Still, it isn't the worst Western I've come across. It's an average one.