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Texas (1941)

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



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Complete credited cast:
Tod Ramsey
'Mike' King
Windy Miller
Buford 'Doc' Thorpe
Andrew Tombes ...
Matt Lashan
Rancher Dusty King
Rancher Wilson
Pat Moriarity ...
Rancher Matthews (as Patrick Moriarty)
Rancher Blaire


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 »




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Release Date:

9 October 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vigilantes  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Edgar Buchanan (Buford 'Doc' Thorpe)really is a dentist. See more »


The story set in 1866, post-Civil War Texas has everyone armed with Colt Model 1873 pistols with bullet loops full of cartridges on their gun-belts, even the movie poster has William Holden's character Dan holding a short barrel 'gunfighter's' version of the .45 caliber pistol. This is seven years before the pistol was introduced by Colt. The most common sidearm of the day would have been the Colt 1869 Army which was a cap and ball weapon that had to be hand loaded chamber by chamber with powder, wadding and a ball projectile. See more »


Buffalo Gal (Won't You Come Out Tonight)
Written by William Cool White
Sung by Edgar Buchanan
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Glenn Ford and William Holden, both young and superb.
29 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

In the midst of all the wide screen, technicolor 1950s westerns, I saw this small screen B&W feature when I was ten, in 1957. Something about it just took hold.

The simple but fast paced story is fun and entertaining. Glenn Ford and William Holden are in top form even at the start of their great careers. Claire Trevor is attractive and spunky. Edgar Buchanan is the consummate character actor in his usual role as a shady...fill in the blank...dentist. His constant reference to "a bad bicuspid" is typical of his almost absent minded approach to his part. His voice and facial expressions could make putting on his shoes look shady.

Texas is great all around fun and has an ending with a moral. I give it 4 Stars.

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