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4 for Texas (1963)

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Frank Sinatra plays a tough guy who hooks up with fellow rat packer Dean Martin to open a casino in this western.

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Joe Jarrett
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Elya Carlson
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Maxine Richter
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Harvey Burden (President, Galveston Savings & Trust)
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Prince George (Carriage Driver)
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Pete Mancini
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Chad (Zack's bodyguard)
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Miss Emmaline
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Brunhilde - Elya Carlson's Maid
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Dobie
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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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They're Busting Up The West Like It's Never Been Busted Up Before! See more »

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Western | Comedy

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25 December 1963 (USA)  »

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Four for Texas  »

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Bette Davis declined a role in this film to do Dead Ringer (1964). See more »

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When Matson is first talking to Burden about the attempted robbery, he says he lost 6 men. In the shootout, he lost 8. See more »

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[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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Two Rat Packers Out West

What, I wonder, would a director do on the set of a movie starring Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin? Light their cigarettes? Mix their drinks? Laugh at their jokes? One thing he certainly does not do is play "auteur." The director is present to say "Cut" and "Print," not to pursue his "vision" or any of that arty stuff. "Four for Texas" gave Robert Aldrich a pair of stars who, in terms of popularity, may have been the male equivalent of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford whom he had directed the previous year in "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" But whereas Davis and Crawford were passionate enemies, Ol' Blue Eyes and Ol' Dino were the best of buddies, and their movies treated as casually as any of their swingin' Vegas gigs. It was an opportunity to have some fun and get paid doing it. If that fun translated to the screen, fine, but in this movie the cast appears to be entertaining itself while putting the audience to sleep. If Aldrich had no control over Frank and Dino, he compensated by overdirecting Charles Bronson who is as animated--for him--as Bugs Bunny. The whole shebang is a comedy-western, but there are virtually no laughs, only snickers--from the cast, not the audience. In comparison, "Ocean's 11" is some kind of classic.


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