Dallas (1950)



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In this western, Gary Cooper plays ex-Confederate officer Blayde Hollister, who rides into Dallas in search of the men who killed his family and stole his land. Because he is considered to be an outlaw by the authorities, Hollister is compelled to switch identities with U.S. marshal Martin Wetherby.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: John Twist, Derek N. Twist
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 7, 2006



as Blayde Hollister

as Tonia Robles

as Bryant Marlow

as Will Marlow

as Martin Weatherby

as Matt Coulter

as Wild Bill Hickok

as Cullen Marlow

as Judge Harper

as The Sheriff

as Jason Trask

as Bill Walters

as Drunk

as Stage Driver

as School Teacher

as Politician

as Mountaineer

as Drummer

as Northerner

as Vaquero

as Mexican Servant

as Cowpuncher

as Cowpuncher

as Cowpuncher

as Mrs. Walters

as Settler

as Citizen

as Prisoner

as Bystander

as Prisoner
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Critic Reviews for Dallas

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

Faithful to his calling, Mr. Cooper plays it manfully. He can still look askance at a varmint more contemptuously than anyone else.

Full Review… | October 21, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | October 21, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Gary Cooper is credibly cast, but this revenge Western is too verbose, lacking much drama.

Full Review… | September 14, 2012

Passe Western that is too talky.

Full Review… | July 10, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Dallas

Long before J.R. Ewing and some football cheerleaders made this Texas city popular, there was this colorful Warner Brothers western starring one of the greatest action heroes of Hollywood's golden age. Cooper plays a man wanted for arson who disguises himself as a marshal to unleash the real culprit. He convinces the actual marshal (Steve Cochran) to let him take over his identity and in the process, wins the love of Cochran's Mexican sweetheart (Ruth Roman). In going after the bad guys, he comes up against Dallas's most powerful citizen (Raymond Massey in a masterful performance) and taunts the bad guys in an explosive climax.

If the idea of Ruth Roman playing a Mexican doesn't make you laugh (it seems that any dark haired beauty could be cast in Hispanic parts in this era) how about platinum blonde cult actress Barbara Payton as the wife of one of the bad guys and a group of actors who are supposed to play Texans but sound nothing like them? Two years before his Oscar Winning role in "High Noon", Cooper played a variation of the same role, and in studying the two films, you really can see the difference as to what makes a film tense ("High Noon's" clock is as much of a character as the human beings in the film, while "Dallas" has little or no tension at all) and what makes it simply routine. If it wasn't for the color photography or the presence of its cast (Cooper, Massey and Reed Hadley as Wild Bill Hickock), this could have drifted into the hundreds of "B" westerns of the time, entertaining in their own right but basically forgettable. 5 Stars 2-18-13

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Enjoyable if standard western has high production values and competent direction. A very good cast makes it fine of it's type but all have appeared in better films then this one. A pleasant time waster nothing more.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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