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Dallas (1950)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 30 December 1950 (USA)
A former Confederate officer hunting for an outlaw who wronged him finds him in Dallas, but now as a wealthy, respectable citizen.


Stuart Heisler


John Twist




Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... Blayde 'Reb' Hollister
Ruth Roman ... Tonia Robles
Steve Cochran ... Bryant Marlow
Raymond Massey ... Will Marlow
Barbara Payton ... Flo
Leif Erickson ... U.S. Marshal Martin Weatherby
Antonio Moreno ... Don Felipe Robles
Jerome Cowan ... Matt Coulter
Reed Hadley ... Wild Bill Hickok
Gil Donaldson Gil Donaldson ... Luis Robles


After Confederate officer Blayde Hollister's home and family are destroyed by the Marlowe Brothers during the Civil War, he swears revenge, refusing to surrender and becoming a wanted man. In order to pursue the three brothers into Texas, Hollister fakes his own death in a staged gunfight with his friend Wild Bill Hickock. He then befriends Martin Weatherby, the newly appointed U.S. Marshal to Dallas, an affable, but not very experienced lawman, who agrees to let Hollister assume his identity. The eldest of the Marlowe brothers, Will, masquerades as a law-abiding real estate dealer while feigning righteous indignation over the brutal acts of lawlessness and violence visited on the honest citizens of Dallas by his sociopathic brothers, Cullen and Bryant. (Their parents were evidently fond of the renowned poet William Cullen Bryant). When Hollister becomes a rival for the affections of Weatherby's aristocratic fiancee Tonia Robles, Martin wonders whether he should let Blayde know that ... Written by duke1029

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THE FURY OF VIOLENCE AND VENGEANCE ECHOES ACROSS THE TEXAS PLAINS! (original print media ad - all caps) See more »


Romance | Western


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Reed Hadley played the part of Wild Bill Hickok in this film. Gary Cooper starred performing the same character un The Plainsman (DeMille, 1937). See more »


Each time characters shoot at a can to demonstrate their marksmanship, there is a slight delay between the gunshots and the can's movement. In reality, there would be an almost instantaneous reaction. See more »


Tonia Robles: Do you know what Texas means? It's an Indian word for friends. It's a big land with room for everyone. And you could be a part of it in time.
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Referenced in Kenjû 0 gô (1959) See more »

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Great Fun, Good Action & "Yup!"
13 November 2016 | by redryan64See all my reviews

NOT THAT STAR Gary Cooper couldn't handle a film of the Western genre, we can't help but wonder if this entry into Warners' considerable inventory of "oaters" wasn't perhaps an older, unused project that may well have been intended for Errol Flynn. Coop was certainly up to the occasion and did keep us interested.

COMPLEMENTIG THE MAIN character in fine, true support are some of the guys who are synonymous with Warner Brothers. Although cast somewhat against type and somewhat hidden behind some extensive facial hair, we find no less than: Raymond Massey, Jerome Cowan and Steve Cochran. Added to this group, we find one of our favourites, Reed Hadley as Wild Bill Hickok, no less.

THE STORY IS an amalgam of types as far as mood goes; an element that s common in many WB pictures. Looking back and in retrospect, it must have been successful and served the studio well.

PLENTY OF WHIMSY and a total disregard for any historical accuracy are hallmarks that somewhat echo events portrayed in THE OKLAHOMA KID ("Sooners" settling the former Indian territory), DODGE CITY (Railroad coming West), THE SANTA FE TRAIL ("Bleeding Kansas" & John Brown), THEY DIED WITH THEIR BOOTS ON (George Armstrong Custer). It also added DALLAS to the lit of pictures named after particular cities; e.g., CASABLANCA, DODGE CITY, VIRGINIA CITY.

WE WERE WONDERING if Jack Warner & Company ever did one called "BAKERSFIELD?"

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30 December 1950 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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