6.7/10
617
20 user 10 critic

The Texas Rangers (1936)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 28 August 1936 (USA)
Two down-on-their-luck former outlaws volunteer to be Texas Rangers and find themselves assigned to bring in an old friend, now a notorious outlaw.

Director:

King Vidor

Writers:

King Vidor (story), Elizabeth Hill (story) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Certificate: Passed Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

With thousands of cattle being rustled from White Sage ranch the 1930's Texas Rangers are called in. They manage to get one of their agents into the gang by making them think he is the Pecos Kid on the lam.

Director: James P. Hogan
Stars: Ellen Drew, John Howard, Akim Tamiroff
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In 1874, unable to eliminate a gang of notorious outlaws, the Texas Rangers hire two former convicts to assist with the tracking and the destruction of the Sam Bass gang.

Director: Phil Karlson
Stars: George Montgomery, Gale Storm, Jerome Courtland
Certificate: Passed Action | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Businessman Logan Stuart is torn between his love of two very different women in 1850's Oregon and his loyalty to a compulsive gambler friend who goes over the line.

Director: Jacques Tourneur
Stars: Dana Andrews, Brian Donlevy, Susan Hayward
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

After being released from prison, former gun-fighter John Wesley Hardin hopes to have his autobiography published in order to rehabilitate his tarnished reputation.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Rock Hudson, Julie Adams, Mary Castle
Joe Dakota (1957)
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A stranger rides into town and says he is looking for a local Indian. Told he left town, the truth everyone has been hiding comes out including the stranger's true identity.

Director: Richard Bartlett
Stars: Jock Mahoney, Luana Patten, Charles McGraw
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Outraged by Redleg atrocities, the James and Younger Brothers along with Kit Dalton join Quantrill's Raiders and find themselves participating in even worse war crimes.

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Audie Murphy, Brian Donlevy, Marguerite Chapman
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A feud, the origins of which can barely be remembered, has been boiling for decades between two sheltered mountain families, the Tollivers and the Falins. With plans to build a railroad ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Fred MacMurray, Henry Fonda
Gunsmoke (1953)
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young gunslinger tries to help a rancher and his daughter save their land and cattle from an evil, wealthy land owner.

Director: Nathan Juran
Stars: Audie Murphy, Susan Cabot, Paul Kelly
Certificate: Passed Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Unemployed cowhand Jim Garry is hired by his dishonest friend Tate Riling as muscle in a dispute between homesteaders and cattleman John Lufton.

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Barbara Bel Geddes, Robert Preston
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When his father and brother are murdered by a corrupt lawyer and Sheriff duo, railroad surveyor Clay O'Mara plans his revenge, and is aided by former outlaw Whitey Kincade.

Director: Jesse Hibbs
Stars: Audie Murphy, Susan Cabot, Dan Duryea
Rio Conchos (1964)
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A former Confederate officer and a Mexican try to prevent a former Confederate colonel from selling stolen rifles to renegade Apaches in Mexico.

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Richard Boone, Stuart Whitman, Anthony Franciosa
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Forced by circumstances,Confederate POWs and Union soldiers join forces against Indians but old animosities resurface during their fragile alliance.

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Joseph Cotten, Linda Darnell, Jeff Chandler
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred MacMurray ... Jim Hawkins
Jack Oakie ... Henry B. 'Wahoo' Jones
Jean Parker ... Amanda Bailey
Lloyd Nolan ... Sam 'Polka Dot' McGee
Edward Ellis ... Major Bailey
Benny Bartlett ... David (as Bennie Bartlett)
Frank Shannon ... Captain Stafford
Frank Cordell Frank Cordell ... Ranger Ditson
Richard Carle ... Casper Johnson
Jed Prouty ... District Attorney Dave Twitchell
Fred Kohler ... Jess Higgins (as Fred Kohler Sr.)
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Judge Snow (as George Hayes)
Edit

Storyline

Jim Hawkins and Wahoo Jones are stagecoach robbers who head to Texas to find Sam McGee, their partner. Once there, low on funds, they join the Texas Rangers, come across Sam, and decide to run their game by sending Sam inside information. Meanwhile, though, in pacifying rebellious Indians, Jim and Wahoo start to take on the code of the Rangers, and the daughter of the Ranger's major sets her sights on Jim. Can there be honor among thieves, or are Jim, Wahoo, and Sam on a collision course? As a lawless frontier becomes a civilized land, which side will the boys chose? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Milicias de paz See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

King Vidor made this movie to honor the celebrations of the centennial of the state of Texas. See more »

Goofs

After enlisting in the Texas Rangers, Jim puts his hat on twice. See more »

Quotes

[speaking over Sam McGee's grave]
Jim Hawkins: Hope you'll let him in up there. He just got on the wrong trail, that's all.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Fred MacMurray (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can't Play My Banjo
(uncredited)
Music by Phil Boutelje
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
An effort to broaden Fred MacMurray's appeal
18 June 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I'm sure in casting The Texas Rangers Paramount had it in mind to broaden Fred MacMurray's appeal by putting him in a western. MacMurray had been a star at Paramount for two years and had appeared in mostly light comic parts as he did throughout his career. I mean Paramount could have cast Gary Cooper or Joel McCrea, both of whom were available at the studio. MacMurray did the film and gave a creditable performance, but as he remarked, "the horse and I were never as one." He never really did feel comfortable in westerns and ones he later appeared in were long after his Paramount studio days were over.

The Texas Rangers film is based on stories derived from Walter Presscott Webb's authoritative history of the legendary law enforcement outfit which was only published a few years back. Fred MacMurray, Jack Oakie and Lloyd Nolan play three outlaws who drift into Texas and become separated. MacMurray and Oakie join the Texas Rangers and Nolan continues his outlaw ways.

Lots of good action here folks. A really great Comanche Indian attack sequence is well staged by Director King Vidor. Lots of familiar western faces support the leads like Fred Kohler and Gabby Hayes. Edward Ellis as the commandant of the Texas Rangers comes off a lot like Lewis Stone and had MGM instead of Paramount had made this film, Lewis Stone definitely would have been cast in Ellis's role.

Despite MacMurray's misgivings about westerns, The Texas Rangers is a pretty good action western with great character development for the three leads.


16 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 20 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed