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Dallas (1950)





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With Dallas, Gary Cooper revived his long-dormant association with westerns. 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 (Leif Erickson). This ruse requires Hollister to explain his plan to Wetherby's lady friend, Tonia Robles (Ruth Roman). One by one, Hollister gets rid of the men responsible for the murders of his loved ones. The most formidable of his enemies, Will Marlow (Raymond Massey), proves to be a bit too clever to fall into Hollister's trap...at least until Marlow shows his hand in the final scene. There's more talk than action in Dallas, but Gary Cooper's laconic performance holds the audience's interest throughout.


Gary Cooper
as Blayde Hollister
Ruth Roman
as Tonia Robles
Steve Cochran
as Bryant Marlow
Raymond Massey
as Will Marlow
Leif Erickson
as Martin Weatherby
Jerome Cowan
as Matt Coulter
Reed Hadley
as Wild Bill Hickok
Zon Murray
as Cullen Marlow
Will Wright
as Judge Harper
Monte Blue
as The Sheriff
Byron Keith
as Jason Trask
Charles Watts
as Bill Walters
Jay Slim Talbot
as Stage Driver
Billie Bird
as School Teacher
Frank Kreig
as Politician
Tom Fadden
as Mountaineer
Buddy Roosevelt
as Northerner
Alex Montoya
as Vaquero
Dolores Corvall
as Mexican Servant
Charles Horvath
as Cowpuncher
Wen Wright
as Cowpuncher
Carl Andre
as Cowpuncher
Ann Lawrence
as Mrs. Walters
Al Ferguson
as Citizen
Roy Bucko
as Prisoner
David Dunbar
as Prisoner
Ben Corbett
as Bystander
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Critic Reviews for Dallas

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

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

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
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Audience Reviews for Dallas

Why have you brought this crazy one with you? A Confederate officer hunts down a man who destroyed his family and life shortly after the Civil War. The officer finds the man in Dallas, but he has transformed himself from outlaw to a respectable citizen that is highly regarded. The officer will find it hard to find anyone who will help him gain revenge without putting his own life at risk. "We need to get out of town without advertising it." Stuart Heisler, director of The Lone Ranger, The Burning Hills, This is My Love, Island of Desire, Tulsa, Tokyo Joe, Chain Lightening, The Biscuit Eater, and Hitler, delivers Dallas. The storyline for this picture is pretty good with some good lines and character interactions. The acting is solid and the cast includes Gary Cooper, Ruth Roman, Steve Cochran, Raymond Massey, and Leif Erickson. "We don't want no Cain and Abel on our souls." I came across this on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and DVR'd it. Gary Cooper was very compelling and delivers his character well. The plot is straightforward for the genre, but the dialogue and acting is first rate. I only recommend seeing this if you're a fan of the genre. "You'd get your pocket picked in a graveyard." Grade: C+

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

131208: About three bad costumes but otherwise a decent western. Raymond Massey, as Will Marlow, is the highlight for me...neat holster and guns but bad costume.

John Redshaw
John Redshaw

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

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