Stagecoach Kid (1949) Tim Holt, Richard Martin, Jeff Donnell, Joe Sawyer Movie Review

Stagecoach Kid (1949)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Tim Holt and Jeff Donnell in Stagecoach Kid (1949)

Dave & Chito ride again

After building his fortune in San Francisco, millionaire Peter Arnold (Thurston Hall) is heading to his ranch to retire, taking with him his daughter Jessie (Jeff Donnell) who wants to go back to San Francisco. But it seems that Arnold's ranch foreman, Thatcher (Joe Sawyer) has been lining his own pockets whilst running the ranch and knows that when Arnold discovers the truth the good times will be over. It is why Thatcher has a couple of men attack the stagecoach which Arnold and Jessie are travelling on but are thwarted by Dave (Tim Holt) and Chito (Richard Martin). When the same two henchmen rob another stagecoach Dave and Chito find themselves going after the stolen gold whilst Dave has to deal with Jessie who after masquerading as a cowboy finds herself falling for Dave.

At just 60 minutes you sort of know what you are getting with "Stagecoach Kid" as whilst this features Tim Holt and Richard Martin the main storyline of good guys going after bad guys with a corrupt foreman is all pretty typical. As is the whole aspect of Chito being a ladies man who can't stop himself when it comes to chatting up women. The thing is that whilst the main storyline which sees the foreman trying to prevent a rancher from finding out what is going on is entertaining it is familiar right down to the included confusion comedy.

But what makes "Stagecoach Kid" is Jeff Donnell who plays Jessie as she brings the whole girl trying to act like a tomboy to life in a cute way which makes for some fun interaction with both Tim Holt and Richard Martin. Sadly there isn't enough of Jessie in this picture and as such the rest of it feels incredibly right down to Chito's women problems when the credits start to roll.

What this all boils down to is that "Stagecoach Kid" is just another oater but one made enjoyable by the cute performance as Jeff Donnell who sparks off of Tim Holt quite nicely.