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Return of the Texan (1952)

During the 1950s, after many years in Kansas City, widower Sam Crockett, his 2 children and his grandpa return to their abandoned family farm in Texas and face many difficulties.

Director:

Delmer Daves

Writers:

Fred Gipson (novel), Dudley Nichols
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Cast

Cast overview:
Dale Robertson ... Sam Crockett
Joanne Dru ... Ann Marshall
Walter Brennan ... Grandpa Firth Crockett
Richard Boone ... Rod Murray
Tom Tully ... Stud Spiller
Robert Horton ... Dr. Jim Harris
Helen Westcott ... Averill Murray
Lonnie Thomas Lonnie Thomas ... Yo-Yo Crockett
Dennis Ross ... Steve Crockett
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A young widower named Sam Crockett returns from Kansas City to his small hometown in rural Texas, bringing with him his feisty grandfather and two young sons, Steve and Yoyo. He tries to make a go of the old family homestead but faces financial problems and pressures from his well-to-do neighbor, Rod Marshall. He also begins an on-again-off-again romance with Rod's sister-in-law, even though she's engaged to wed the town's doctor. Events come to head when Sam's grandfather suffers a stroke. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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ADVENTURE BIG AS TODAY'S GREAT SOUTHWEST! (original print media ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 1952 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

En äkta texasgrabb See more »

Filming Locations:

Springerville, Arizona, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Dale Robertson takes his shirt off in this movie. See more »

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Don't Fence Me In
(uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
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Life is precious.
23 November 2003 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

A "modern" western by a specialist of the genre,"return of the Texan" is an endearing film,if only for its simplicity and for Dudley Nichols's interesting script.The writer walks a fine line between drama and a happy-go-lucky attitude,epitomized by the rather dull hero (the Texan who returns home after his wife's death in the city) and his reckless grandpa ,roguishly portrayed by Walter Brennan.The generation gap in reverse.Besides ,every time the plot seems to turn tragic (shots in the woods,the old man's stroke,the threat of seizure -the banker's letter is not what we expect-),dramatic impact is immediately defused.The rivalry between the hick and the doctor always remains friendly,never the two men show any animosity or hard feelings.The villain,Richard Boone,is the only real flaw of the story,the part being underwritten to a fault.

The tragedy only happens at the very end ,but all in all ,it's not really one,after all,c'est la vie.The next to last scene is the best:Delmer Daves' s love for nature -which was radiant in "broken arrow"-shines as grandpa explains to his two little boys,Steve and "Yo-Yo" how precious life is.


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