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The last eighteen years in the life of Jesse James, showing his home life in Missouri, his experiences with Quantrill's raiders, his career of banditry with his brother Frank and the ... See full summary »
During the Texas War of Independence of 1836 American frontiersman and pioneer Jim Bowie pleads for caution with the rebellious Texicans.They don't heed his advice since he's a Mexican citizen,married to the daughter of the Mexican vice-governor of the province and a friend to General Santa Anna since the days they had fought together for Mexico's independence.After serving as president for 22 years,Santa Anna has become too powerful and arrogant.He rules Mexico with an iron fist and he would not allow Texas to self-govern.Bowie sides with the Texans in their bid for independence and urges a cautious strategy,given Santa Anna's power and cunning.Despite the disagreement between the Texicans and Bowie regarding the right strategy they ask Bowie to lead them in a last ditch stand, at Alamo, against General Santa Anna's numerically superior forces. Written by
This film was produced after an argument erupted between John Wayne and Republic's founder, Herbert J. Yates, over Wayne's desire to star in and direct his own version of the battle at the Alamo. Wayne and Yates, who used to talk regularly, never spoke to each other again. Ironically, when Wayne returned to Bracketvillle, TX--where this film was shot--five years later to make his own version of it, The Alamo (1960), he used many of the still-standing sets that were used in this film. See more »
Davy Crockett's name was David Crockett. His nickname seems to have been applied retroactively. The Wikipedia article shows an advertisement for a clipper ship in Coleman's California Line named "David Crockett". The Crockett figure in the ad is also incorrectly shown as unshaven. See more »
As the story goes...when John Wayne was at Republic Studioes, he approached owner Herbert J. Yates with the idea of a movie about the Alamo, in which he would play Davy Crockett. Yates turned him down and Wayne left the studio(eventually making "The Alamo" in 1960, on his own.) Yates, supposedly, to spite Wayne decided to make an Alamo movie. It was probably convenient that the "Crockett" craze was in full bloom at the time. What resulted was a very good epic(by Republic proportions) of Jim Bowie at the Alamo. Hayden leads a magnificent cast, and Hunnicut gives us a different 'type' of Davy Crockett(maybe to spite Wayne?) Action scenes are done on a grand scale, and the drama of lost love and love found work well. One of the better historical westerns of the 50s.
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