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The Texas Rangers (1936)

Two down-on-their-luck former outlaws volunteer to be Texas Rangers and find themselves assigned to bring in an old friend, now a notorious outlaw.

Director:

King Vidor

Writers:

King Vidor (story), Elizabeth Hill (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred MacMurray ... Jim Hawkins
Jack Oakie ... Henry B. 'Wahoo' Jones
Jean Parker ... Amanda Bailey
Lloyd Nolan ... Sam 'Polka Dot' McGee
Edward Ellis ... Major Bailey
Benny Bartlett ... David (as Bennie Bartlett)
Frank Shannon ... Captain Stafford
Frank Cordell Frank Cordell ... Ranger Ditson
Richard Carle ... Casper Johnson
Jed Prouty ... District Attorney Dave Twitchell
Fred Kohler ... Jess Higgins (as Fred Kohler Sr.)
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Judge Snow (as George Hayes)
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Storyline

Jim Hawkins and Wahoo Jones are stagecoach robbers who head to Texas to find Sam McGee, their partner. Once there, low on funds, they join the Texas Rangers, come across Sam, and decide to run their game by sending Sam inside information. Meanwhile, though, in pacifying rebellious Indians, Jim and Wahoo start to take on the code of the Rangers, and the daughter of the Ranger's major sets her sights on Jim. Can there be honor among thieves, or are Jim, Wahoo, and Sam on a collision course? As a lawless frontier becomes a civilized land, which side will the boys chose? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Milicias de paz See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

King Vidor made this movie to honor the celebrations of the centennial of the state of Texas. See more »

Goofs

Hawkins and the other Rangers are surrounded by Indians. He kills the 2 Indians rolling rocks, throwing his empty pistol at one. As he descends the other side, he mounts a bareback horse, riding off shooting a pistol that shouldn't be there as he rides away. See more »

Quotes

Wahoo Jones: How do you expect to find Sam down in this country? Texas! Phooey! No towns, no ranch houses, no gals, no nuthin'. Hah! We can't see a jack rabbit in two days. Boy, you can't tell me we're still in the United States!
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Remade as Streets of Laredo (1949) See more »

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Music by Phil Boutelje
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
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Good western for 1936, but anachronisms
5 July 2015 | by MarlburianSee all my reviews

The copy I watched courtesy of YouTube was clean and crisp, and the film itself was good by the standards of the mid-1930s.

Unlike some other reviewers here on IMDb, I've always thought Fred MacMurray an acceptable Western actor, and I found Jack Okie irritating in the first part of the film - especially as he rode along with MacMurray anticipating a romantic encounter with a señorita. The back projection was reasonable enough, certainly compared with that in "The Plainsman", issued in the same year.

With much of the film being set before Texas became a state (which happened in 1845), there were lots of anachronisms - relating to the Rangers' kit and weapons for example. And the telegraph system was very much in its infancy - I wonder if it had reached Texas?

One might also mention the unrealistic death following the shot under the table.

On the plus side, the fight between the Rangers and the Indians was excellent and Lloyd Nolan in his early scenes radiated charisma - before reverting to the sort of nasty character he was to portray in later films.


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