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The First Texan (1956)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, History | 29 June 1956 (USA)
Eastern lawyer Sam Houston moves to Texas. At the request of President Jackson, he leads the Texan independence movement and wins the decisive battle against the Mexican army to gain Texas independence.

Director:

Byron Haskin

Writers:

Daniel B. Ullman (story), Daniel B. Ullman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joel McCrea ... Sam Houston
Felicia Farr ... Katherine Delaney
Jeff Morrow ... Jim Bowie
Wallace Ford ... Henry Delaney
Abraham Sofaer ... Don Carlos
Jody McCrea ... Lt. Baker
Chubby Johnson ... Deaf Smith
William Hopper ... William Barrett Travis
Dayton Lummis Dayton Lummis ... Stephen Austin
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ... Col. Cos (as Rodolfo Hoyos)
Roy Roberts ... Col. Sam Sherman
David Silva ... Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana
Frank Puglia ... Pepe
James Griffith ... Davy Crockett
Nelson Leigh ... Col. Hockley
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Storyline

After arriving in Texas to escape a scandal back east, lawyer Sam Houston just wants to hang out his shingle, keep a low profile, and stay out of any political intrigue. However, when President Jackson personally asks him to lead the fight for Texan independence, he overcomes his reluctance to become involved and leads his compatriots to the decisive victory over Santa Anna and the Mexican army to gains Texas' independence. Written by Alfred Jingle

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Held von Texas See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,000,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

When Houston arrives in Washington, there's an establishing shot which is, supposedly, the Executive Mansion (now called the White House). The building is clearly not that building. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: On the first day of December, in 1832, a man rode up to a muddy stream called the Red River. When he crossed this river, he was in Texas. He was a man in search of a new life, because his previous one had left him desolated and sick at heart. He was a man of size and strength and he had history in his hands. His name was Sam Houston.
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Connections

Version of The Conqueror (1917) See more »

Soundtracks

The First Texan
Lyrics by McElbert Moore
Music by Roy Webb
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A gem of a film!
13 October 2013 | by defroman11See all my reviews

"The First Texan" despite the obvious lack of a stellar supporting cast (aside from Wallace Ford who does not disappoint), a famous "name" director and a major studio resources and production values, however, this is nonetheless a great and highly entertaining film to watch solely because of the magnetic screen presence of its larger than life star, Joel McCrea. This is a movie after all, and not a documentary on the life and times of Sam Huston. As in virtually every film Hollywood has ever made, they do at times take "poetic license", which in my opinion does not detract one bit from the film or its stunning Technicolor cinematography. This is a gem of a film!


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