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4 for Texas (1963)

Approved | | Comedy, Western | 25 December 1963 (USA)
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Zack Thomas is a tough guy who hooks up with Joe Jarrett to open a casino.

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Robert Aldrich
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Sinatra ... Zack Thomas
Dean Martin ... Joe Jarrett
Anita Ekberg ... Elya Carlson
Ursula Andress ... Maxine Richter
Charles Bronson ... Matson
Victor Buono ... Harvey Burden
Edric Connor Edric Connor ... Prince George
Nick Dennis ... Angel
Richard Jaeckel ... Pete Mancini
Mike Mazurki ... Chad
Wesley Addy ... Winthrop Trowbridge
Marjorie Bennett ... Miss Emmaline
Virginia Christine ... Brunhilde
Ellen Corby ... Widow
Jack Elam ... Dobie
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Storyline

Sharpshooters Zack Thomas and Joe Jarrett are in a Texan stage-coach and manage to fight off Matson's robber gang, so afterward they can fight over the $100,000 cash carried by a railroad official. Both make it to Galveston, where each, including vexed Matson, meets up with respective accomplices in various dirty schemes. The money keeps changing hands and the scene shifts to a river boat, which should multiply the winnings as a casino, but the crooks and bullets follow. Written by KGF Vissers

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How the West Was Lost! See more »

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Comedy | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Two for Texas See more »

Filming Locations:

Mojave, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$4,520,000 (estimated)
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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In one of the early scenes of the movie main bad guy Charles Bronson shoots one of his gang members Jack Elam, for questioning him. These two would work together 5 years later in Once Upon A Time In The West, whereby Bronson will again shoot Elam dead. See more »

Goofs

The organ that the old lady plays for the children is set on the top of a staircase, but in some close-up shots the ground is right behind her. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Joe Jarrett: Take a good look at him. He's the bad guy. And Joe Jarrett - that's me, and Zack Thomas, we're the good guys.
Matson: Let's go.
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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'A' rating. All cuts were waived in 2002 when the film was granted a 'PG' certificate for home video. See more »

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Referenced in Chappaqua (1966) See more »

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Jesus Loves Me
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Performed by the Orphans
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Lackluster and forgettable comedic Western
10 September 2009 | by Flak_MagnetSee all my reviews

Check out the cast of this Western: Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, a young (and STUNNING) Ursula Andress, and the Three Stooges. Sounds good, right? Well no... Unfortunately, it really isn't. Despite an eclectic cast and Ursula Andress' face, "4 for Texas" largely fails to entertain. This picture is just too boring and predictable to be worth much. Ursula Andress doesn't show up until the second half, and her sex appeal is greatly underutilized. Similarly, the Three Stooges only get 2-min of screen time, and it is easily the film's high point. For the majority of the movie, you are stuck with a visibly drunk Dean Martin, who is just going through the motions and generally not giving a damn. Frank Sinatra's performance is all right, even if he is just playing himself, but unfortunately, he isn't captivating enough to be an effective leading man. The story is contrived and predictable, but not terrible enough to crack jokes at. I didn't hate this movie, but it was a tedious, largely uneventful watch. This is the kind of picture where I kept waiting for good things to happen, but nothing ever panned out. When the dust settled, "4 for Texas" was a disappointment. Aside from an occasional gawk at Ursula, this was an entirely forgettable waste. Not recommended.


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