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Texas (1941)

Passed | | Western | 9 October 1941 (USA)
Two young men head west in search of fortune and adventure.

Director:

George Marshall

Writers:

Horace McCoy (screenplay), Lewis Meltzer (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Holden ... Dan Thomas
Glenn Ford ... Tod Ramsey
Claire Trevor ... 'Mike' King
George Bancroft ... Windy Miller
Edgar Buchanan ... Buford 'Doc' Thorpe
Don Beddoe ... Sheriff
Andrew Tombes ... Tennessee
Addison Richards ... Matt Lashan
Edmund MacDonald ... Comstock
Joseph Crehan ... Rancher Dusty King
Willard Robertson ... Rancher Wilson
Pat Moriarity Pat Moriarity ... Rancher Matthews (as Patrick Moriarty)
Edmund Cobb ... Rancher Blaire
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Storyline

Two Virginians are heading for a new life in Texas when they witness a stagecoach being held up. They decide to rob the robbers and make off with the loot. To escape a posse, they split up and don't see each other again for a long time. When they do meet up again, they find themselves on different sides of the law. This leads to the increasing estrangement of the two men, who once thought of themselves as brothers. Written by Alfred Jingle

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ROARING...with Adventure! ROUSING...with Romance! RADIANT...with Spectacle! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 October 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vigilantes See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Texas town scenes appear to have been filmed at Melody Ranch in Southern California. Columbia, being a poor studio at the time, would have filmed close to Hollywood, so it makes sense. See more »

Goofs

Claire Trevor's hairstyle is strictly 1941, even though the story is taking place in 1866. See more »

Quotes

Buford 'Doc' Thorpe: What's going on here?
Dan Thomas: Outta the way, Mister.
Sheriff: Don't argue with him Doc, that's my back he's got that gun into!
Dan Thomas: Get out!
Buford 'Doc' Thorpe: He don't look dangerous, what'd he do?
Sheriff: Held up the southbound stage.
Dan Thomas: Move outta that door.
Buford 'Doc' Thorpe: Wait a minute. You got the wrong man Sheriff, if you got him.
Sheriff: Well, we caught his partner with the money on him.
Buford 'Doc' Thorpe: You did?
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Connections

Referenced in This Is Your Life: Glenn Ford (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Buffalo Gal (Won't You Come Out Tonight)
(uncredited)
Written by William Cool White
Sung by Edgar Buchanan
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The freshness and vibrancy of Texas sees it home.
2 February 2010 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

It's 1866, Abilene, Kansas and we are in the company of Dan Thomas {William Holden} and Tod Ramsey {Glen Ford}, two pals who served in the Confederacy together. They want to get to Texas to earn their living but have no cash ready to hand. But a lifeline is thrown by way of a stagecoach robbery they witness as they decide to relieve the robbers of their ill gotten gains. This puts the friends in serious peril so they agree to split up and head in different directions. Finally meeting up some time down the line in town, both men are operating from different social standings. And both men have fallen for the same gal, Mike King {Claire Trevor}. So along with the arrival in town of shady railroad magnate Windy Miller {George Bancroft} and the crooked dealings of dentist Buford Ford {Edgar Buchanan} starting to influence matters; the boys will do well to come out of it all still as friends.

Texas is directed by George Marshall {with Norman Deming assisting} and the three writing credits go to Michael Blankfort, Lewis Meltzer & Horace McCoy. It's a briskly paced black & white action Western that's not short on laughs either. In Holden and Ford it showcases two Hollywood big hitters in their fresh faced early days, with Holden pretty much unrecognisable. From a quite hilarious pugilist rules boxing match in the first quarter, to the number of machismo exchanges that drop in from time time, it's one of those film's that's hard to criticise. So I'm not going too. A small bother comes with the ending being rushed a touch, but even that is in keeping with how Marshall has directed it. So really it's a hearty recommend to anyone after some early 40s Oater enjoyment. Undemanding for sure, but executed with gusto and no little amount of class. 6.5/10


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