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The Gallant Legion (1948)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 24 May 1948 (USA)
When power-hungry Faulkner and Leroux want to divide Texas into smaller sections, instead of allowing it to enter the Union as a single state, Gary Conway and the Texas Rangers must step in... See full summary »


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Gerald Drayson Adams (screenplay) (as Gerald Adams), John K. Butler (original story) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Elliott ... Gary Conway (as William Elliott)
Lorna Gray ... Connie Faulkner (as Adrian Booth)
Joseph Schildkraut ... Sen. Clarke Faulkner
Bruce Cabot ... Beau Laroux
Andy Devine ... 'Windy' Hornblower
Jack Holt ... Texas Ranger Capt. Banner
Grant Withers ... Wesley Hardin
Adele Mara ... Catalina
James Brown ... Tom Banner
Harold Landon Harold Landon ... Chuck Conway (as Hal Landon)
Tex Terry Tex Terry ... Ranger Sgt. Clint Mason
Lester Sharpe ... Matt Kirby
Hal Taliaferro ... Billy Smith
Russell Hicks ... State Sen. Beale
Herbert Rawlinson ... Maj. Grant


When power-hungry Faulkner and Leroux want to divide Texas into smaller sections, instead of allowing it to enter the Union as a single state, Gary Conway and the Texas Rangers must step in to thwart their chicanery. Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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Release Date:

24 May 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Texas Gunfighters See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Good Cast, Sprawling Story
28 December 2008 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Pretty fair Republic Western. Cabot makes a convincing baddie, along with a spunky Booth as the strong-minded gal, and of course Elliott as the good guy. It's a big cast with better than average acting, and a story that probably takes in more than it should. Cabot is conspiring with his paid-for senator (Schildkraut) to peel off west Texas from the rest of the republic so he can run it unopposed. Only the Texas Rangers stand in his way. Elliott joins up with the Rangers, even though his renegade brother is killed in a gunfight with them. After the head Ranger's (Holt) son is killed, he suspects Elliott as having evened the score because of his dead brother. Now Elliot has to clear himself by making Cabot confess to the real killer.

Add Booth's reporter-turned-Ranger, along with Adele Mara as a Spanish entertainer and Andy Devine as a rather overweight member of the force, and you've got a good-sized cast for a horse opera and a story line, to boot. I'm just sorry Elliott, a surprisingly fine actor, doesn't get a chance to do more. He had one of the best angry snarls in the business. There're some good action scenes and trademark Republic stunt work, but also typical studio cost-cutters like cheap exterior sets and clumsily done process shots. Also, there are darn few palm trees in west Texas, at least the last time I was there-- somebody should have caught that before the tropical plants went on screen. Anyway, it's an entertaining 90 minutes for sagebrush fans, but I'm afraid nothing more.

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