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Dallas (1950)

A former Confederate officer hunting for an outlaw who wronged him finds him in Dallas, but now as a wealthy, respectable citizen.

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Stuart Heisler

Writer:

John Twist
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Cast

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
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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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When all of Texas was a powder keg...they lit the fuse! See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 December 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dallas, ville frontière See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Raymond Massey, a Canadian, was most famous for his repeated movie portrayals of President Lincoln. See more »

Goofs

There is a clear difference between Wild Bill Hickock's shoulder length hair and actor Reed Hadley's real hair. See more »

Quotes

Judge Harper: Dallas will be run by Federal law, not mob rule. We're not wild westerners. We're facing east and that's our future. We intend to build industries here, and culture. Dallas will raise people, not cows.
Blayde Hollister: If your carpetbag riffraff doesn't choke it to death in her cradle.
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Referenced in Kenjû 0 gô (1959) See more »

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Apart from Cooper's acting, it's a pretty ordinary little Western
18 October 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The only reason I watched this film was because of Gary Cooper. While maybe not the nicest person in the world in real life, he was a wonderful actor and I'd watch even one of his weaker films just to see him act. And, as usual, he was very good (though a bit old to win the girl at the end of the film).

The problem, then, is that despite all of Cooper's talent, the film is just a very ordinary and run-of-the-mill cowboy film. I could EASILY have imagined almost any other actor being able to do Cooper's role and the film would STILL have been mediocre. It's because so many elements of the plot just seem too familiar and too clichéd.

About the only thing that stood out was the interesting character played by Leif Erickson---who oddly received such low billing in the film even though he was one of the main characters! The idea of an Eastern "dude" coming West to impress his girl was kind of funny and he did provide a few cute moments and an interesting sidekick, of sorts, for Cooper.

Aside from that, the film is imminently skipable. It's a film that only Cooper addicts or B-quality Western addicts should watch--there are frankly too many better films out there worth your time.


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