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The Man from Galveston (1963)

Not Rated | | Western | 18 December 1963 (USA)
In 1800s Texas, during the early days of circuit-courts, lawyers had to be handy with their guns as well as with their law books when facing lynch mobs bent on administering frontier justice.


William Conrad


Dean Riesner (screenplay), Michael S. Zagor (screenplay) (as Michael Zagor)




Complete credited cast:
Jeffrey Hunter ... Timothy Higgins
Preston Foster ... Judge Homer Black
James Coburn ... Boyd Palmer
Joanna Moore ... Rita Dillard
Edward Andrews ... Alonzo Hyde
Kevin Hagen ... John Dillard
Martin West ... Stonewall Grey
Ed Nelson ... Cole Marteen
Karl Swenson ... Sheriff
Grace Lee Whitney ... Texas Rose
Claude Stroud ... Harvey Sprager
Sherwood Price ... George Taggart
Arthur Malet ... Barney
Marjorie Bennett ... Mrs. Warren


Circuit-riding Texas lawyer Timothy Higgins defends a former girlfriend against a murder charge stemming from an extortionist's threat to reveal her shady past. Through adroit courtroom work, Higgins is able to acquit her and reveal who actually shot the fatal bullet. Written by Anonymous

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The man who brought law and order to the Lone Star State!




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There are a few Star Trek connections: Jeffrey Hunter would star in the failed pilot, The Cage; Grace Lee Whitney would play Yeoman Rand on the show's first season; and James Coburn was one of the top names to replace Jeffrey Hunter for the command of the series after Hunter left and before William Shatner was famously hired. See more »


Follows Temple Houston (1963) See more »

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The Soiled Dove Plea.
24 June 2018 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

The Man from Galveston is directed by William Conrad and co-written by Dean Riesner and Michael Zagor. It stars Jeffrey Hunter, Preston Foster, James Coburn and Joanna Moore. Music is by David Buttolph and cinematography by Bert Glennon.

Originally shot as the pilot for the TV series Temple Houston, this was ushered out onto the big screen as a double billing entity. What we get is a very competent piece of film making, if ultimately it never ignites into being something remotely thrilling.

Set at the time of the circuit courts in 1800s Texas, it sees Hunter playing Timothy Higgins (Temple Lea Houston in reality). A cunningly bold lawyer who is not without the compunction to use his firearm should the need arise. Herein is the problem as such, the pic doesn't reach out to the gun play angle for entertaining purpose, instead it settles for sedate character play, propped up by the legal by-play as Higgins cements his standing as a man who is at the top of his craft.

Studio bound but boosted by Glennon's crisp photography, as a production it's hard to find fault with, this is certainly no dud. But it sits firmly in the time waster department, not really grabbing the iron out of the fire to give a firecracker telling of the fascinating Temple Houston. But with that comes a major bonus, in that it begs you to read up on the real life Temple Houston (son of Sam Houston), well worth digging into, especially the outstanding Soiled Dove Plea of which this play is formed around. 5/10

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18 December 1963 (USA) See more »

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Il codice della pistola See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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