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Heroes of the Alamo (1937)

Approved  |   |  History, War, Western  |  16 August 1937 (USA)
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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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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 <>

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A Spectacular Epic of the Birth of Texas. See more »


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16 August 1937 (USA)  »

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Final film of producer Anthony J. Xydias. He had retired a few years before, but came out of retirement to produce a string of "epic" westerns; however, this film--which was to be the first of them--flopped badly at the box-office and Xydias decided to retire for good this time. See more »


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


Yellow Rose of Texas
Courtesy of Mary Daggett and William J. Marsh
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What could have been a good recreation of the road to Teaxan independence is ruined by a poor script and pervasive cheapness
26 January 2008 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Earnest but laughable attempt at telling the story of the battle of the Alamo and what lead up to it.

Made on the cheap the film looks at times little better than a filmed high school production. The script is overly melodramatic, the result of trying to get in too much passion and romance into the story of the founding of Texas. To be certain the film has some nice moments, scenes in the Alamo the night before the attack have a good sense of being there, and there is a conviction (too much at times) in most of the performances that made me think with a better script and more money this might have been something.

The problem is that the film is cheap with stock western sets and costumes used in many scenes, It all completely falls apart in the final attack when it seems like ten guys in funny hats charge the deserted walls of the Alamo again and again. I know there was no money but did they really have to make it clear that there was no armies either? I'm guessing that the extras played both sides (or some of the footage was lifted from a cheap silent film), which is understandable, but the result is its the Texans fall to a phantom army. Its much too silly.

Not worth bothering with, unless you have a strong attachment to all things Alamo or are some one who needs to see every "western" 2 out of 10.

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