2014 Symposium

Edward Buscombe on Ford & The Western




Venue: Gresham Hotel


Date: Saturday, 7th June 2014

Time: 11.00am

Edward Buscombe will give a presentation on the importance of Stagecoach to Ford’s career and the Western genre.


Celebrating it’s 75th anniversary this year, Stagecoach was made in 1939, the Golden Year of Hollywood.  Stagecoach is wide recognised as establishing the Western as a serious genre, after years of being dismissed as B-movie material. The film is directed by Ford, and written by Dudley Nichols and Ben Hecht, adapted from Ernest Haycox’s short story ‘The Stage to Lordsburg’.


The film stars John Wayne in his breakthrough role, and is the first of many Westerns that Ford shot in Monument Valley.  In 1995, the film was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in their National Film Library.

Edward Buscombe was formerly Head of Publishing at the British Film Institute and has been a visiting professor at many universities in the UK and North America. He edited The BFI Companion to the Western (1988) and his other publications include Stagecoach (1992), The Searchers (2000), Cinema Today (2003), Unforgiven (2004), 100 Westerns (2006) and Injuns! Native Americans in the Movies (2006).


The lecture will be introduced by Luke Gibbons, Professor of Irish Literary and Cultural Studies at the School of English, Drama and Media Studies, NUIM Maynooth. He has published widely on Irish culture and film including Cinema and Ireland(1988) and The Quiet Man(2002).