The First Texan (1956)





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Cashing in on the popularity of TV's Davy Crockett and the jukebox favorite "Yellow Rose of Texas", Allied Artists came up with the CinemaScope biopic The First Texan. The title character is Sam Houston, played with rugged assuredness by Joel McCrea. The film begins when Houston leaves Tennessee for Texas, where at first he keeps to himself and avoids politics. As events overwhelm him, however, Houston evolves into the territory's most conspicuous patriot. His efforts to thwart Mexican general Santa Ana's efforts to recapture Texas for Mexico culminate in the battle of the Alamo, which is recreated in brisk, economical fashion. Somewhat perversely, Davy Crockett is reduced to a bit part in The First Texan.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Western
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Joel McCrea
as Sam Houston
Felicia Farr
as Katherine Delaney
Wallace Ford
as Henry Delaney
Jeff Morrow
as Jim Bowie
Abraham Sofaer
as Don Carlos
Chubby Johnson
as Deaf Smith
Jody McCrea
as Baker
Dayton Lummis
as Austin
Roy Roberts
as Sherman
David Silva
as Santa Ana
Salvador Baguez
as Veramendi
James Griffith
as Crockett
Nelson Leigh
as Hockley
Carl Benton Reid
as Andrew Jackson
William Phipps
as Lt. Jack LeBlanc
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Agreeable, decent and sincere but flat and too respectful biopic of Sam Houston.

Full Review… | October 14, 2013
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