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Heroes of the Alamo (1937)

Approved | | History, War, Western | 16 August 1937 (USA)
In early spring of 1833, the smoldering resentment of American settlers in Texas against their oppression by Mexico dictator General Santa Anna/Ana coming to a head. When a decree is issued... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen F. Austin
Col. Jim Bowie
Col. William B. Travis
Jack C. Smith ...
William H. Wharton (as Jack Smith)
Bruce Warren ...
Lt. Al Dickinson
Anne Dickinson
Lee Valanios ...
Col. James Bonham (as Lee Valianos)
Gen. Sam Houston (as Edward Piel)
Gen. Santa Anna
Willy Castello ...
Gen. Cos
Gen. Castillion
Hank Hunter
Frank Hunter
Marilyn Haslett ...
Angelina Dickinson


In early spring of 1833, the smoldering resentment of American settlers in Texas against their oppression by Mexico dictator General Santa Anna/Ana coming to a head. When a decree is issued that no more Americans may enter Texas, William H. Wharton, fiery head of a faction determined on independence or nothing, warns Stephen F. Austin that the time for half-measures is past. Austin, responsible for bringing the Americans to Texas as colonists, reminds Wharton that a settler's revolt against Mexico would dishonor his name and the arrangements he had with the Mexican government. He gets the "Whartonites" to agree to a general convention of all colonists. Almerian Dickinson, biggest land owner in the settlement of Gonzales, deeply in love with his wife Anne, warns Wharton that a bloody revolt would endanger every wife and mother in the colony. He proposes they send Austin to Mexico City to ask Santa Anna to grant Texans a voice in their own government. After months in Mexico City of ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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This film was first released through the indie exchanges on August 6,1937. Columbia Pictures purchased the film in late 1937, re-did all of the advertising, posters and other related printed material and sent it out via their own distribution as a Columbia film on 17 February 1938. They also changed the billing order from that on the original print. See more »


Referenced in M*A*S*H: Preventative Medicine (1979) See more »


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Alamo On The Cheap
24 September 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

After seeing Heroes Of The Alamo I'm not surprised that John Wayne felt compelled to make his version of The Alamo on a far bigger budget than this poverty row product that ended up being owned and released by Columbia Pictures. The most well known player in this film is veteran western player Earl Hodgins who plays Stephen F. Austin.

The protagonists in this film are the Dickinsons, Almeron and Ruth Dickinson who are played by Bruce Warren and Ruth Findlay. As is part of Alamo lore, Mrs. Dickinson was in The Alamo with her husband and little girl and she and her daughter survived the attack as Santa Anna played here by Julian Rivero showed gallantry to the fair sex.

Rex Lease is Travis, Lane Chandler is Crockett, and Roger Williams is Bowie the triumvirate of commanders at the mission fort. You get absolutely no insights at all into these three men all of whom are quite different personalities in other films and in real life.

Until I came across it on Amazon rental I had never even heard of this film. What surprises me is that around this time the Texas Centennial was being celebrated and I can't believe that none of the major studios thought of doing an Alamo film back then.

As you can imagine the sets looked rickety and worn and threadbare. Production values for an epic story were just plain nil. See the John Wayne version or even the Disney version is better than this.

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