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The Texas Rangers (1936)

Passed | | Adventure, Western | 28 August 1936 (USA)
Two down-on-their-luck former outlaws volunteer to be Texas Rangers and find themselves assigned to bring in an old friend, now a notorious outlaw.

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Ranger Ditson
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Casper Johnson
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District Attorney Dave Twitchell
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Jess Higgins (as Fred Kohler Sr.)
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Judge Snow (as George Hayes)
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Jim Hawkins and Wahoo Jones are stagecoach robbers who head to Texas to find Sam McGee, their partner. Once there, low on funds, they join the Texas Rangers, come across Sam, and decide to run their game by sending Sam inside information. Meanwhile, though, in pacifying rebellious Indians, Jim and Wahoo start to take on the code of the Rangers, and the daughter of the Ranger's major sets her sights on Jim. Can there be honor among thieves, or are Jim, Wahoo, and Sam on a collision course? As a lawless frontier becomes a civilized land, which side will the boys chose? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Milicias de paz  »

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Trivia

King Vidor made this movie to honor the celebrations of the centennial of the state of Texas. See more »

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After enlisting in the Texas Rangers, Jim puts his hat on twice. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Stafford: [aware that the Indians are rolling boulders on the Ranger position] Nobody but an Indian could think that up!
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Connections

Followed by The Texas Rangers Ride Again (1940) See more »

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Allá en el Rancho Grande
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Three outlaws, and what happens to their friendship.
7 March 2004 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

King Vidor was quite a director, and he managed to make a western in 1936, that is still very entertaining today. The action scenes did not yet have the technical improvements that would come in the late forties and fifties, but that is a minor detail. The three main characters, MacMurray, Jack Oakie and LLoyd Nolan are outlaws and two of them (MacMurray and Oakie) end up becoming Texas Rangers with the intention of getting information for future robberies. Nolan starts becoming famous as the "Polkadot", because he uses a mask with a polkadot pattern. It is interesting that Nolan's real name in the film is Sam Mcgee, which was also the name of one of poet Robert Service's main characters. Jean Parker is excellent as Amanda, quite a woman, she is the one who chooses her man and makes the advances.


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