The Texas Rangers

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Made with the full cooperation of the real-life Texas Rangers (who never met a publicity gimmick they didn't like), this sprawling historical western stars Fred MacMurray as Jim Hawkins, one of three outlaws working the Lone Star State in the years following the Civil War. Both Hawkins and his partner in crime Wahoo Jones (Jack Oakie) decide to go straight, but their bandit pal Sam McGee (Lloyd Nolan) has not quite seen the light. Eventually, Jim and Wahoo join the fledgling Texas Rangers, an organization dedicated to bringing law, order and honest government to their state, while McGee cuts a swath of terror with his new gang. When the two reformed outlaws are assigned to bring in their old friend Sam, Jim balks but Wahoo accepts. In the film's most talked-about scene, McGee smilingly puts a hole through Wahoo's stomach with a gun he has hidden under a table. Now motivated by revenge (although he couldn't say as much in a post-Production Code film), Jim vows to bring McGee to justice, dead or alive, but preferably the former. Released to coincide with the Texas Centennial, The Texas Rangers was remade in 1949 as Street of Laredo; there was also a 1940 sequel, The Texas Rangers Ride Again.


Fred MacMurray
as Jim Hawkins
Jack Oakie
as Henry B. 'Wahoo' Jones
Jean Parker
as Amanda Bailey
Lloyd Nolan
as Sam 'Polka Dot' McGee
Frank Shannon
as Stafford
Frank Cordell
as Ranger Ditson
Richard Carle
as Casper Johnson
Jed Prouty
as Prosecuting Attorney
Fred Kohler
as Higgins
Kathryn Bates
as School Teacher
Rhea Mitchell
as Passenger
Hank Bell
as Ranger
Neal Hart
as Ranger
Gayne Whitman
as Announcer
Bobby Caldwell
as Boy in Coach
Irving Bacon
as David's Father
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