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Men of Texas (1942)

Played by Robert Stack, Barry Conovan, a newspaperman, is sent to Texas some years after the death of Sam Houston, with the aim of getting the real skinny on the grand old man. He unearths ... See full summary »

Director:

Ray Enright

Writers:

Harold Shumate (original screenplay "Frontier"), Richard Brooks (additional dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Robert Stack ... Barry Conovan
Broderick Crawford ... Henry Clay Jackson
Jackie Cooper ... Robert Houston Scott
Anne Gwynne ... Jane Baxter Scott
Ralph Bellamy ... Major Lamphere
Jane Darwell ... Mrs.Scott aka Aunt Hattie
Leo Carrillo ... Sam Sawyer
John Litel ... Colonel Colbert Scott
William Farnum ... General Sam Houston
Janet Beecher ... Mrs.Sam Houston
John F. Hamilton John F. Hamilton ... Dwight Douglass (as J. Frank Hamilton)
Kay Linaker ... Mrs. Sarah Olsen
Joseph Crehan ... Luther Crittenden
Addison Richards ... Silas Hurlbert
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Played by Robert Stack, Barry Conovan, a newspaperman, is sent to Texas some years after the death of Sam Houston, with the aim of getting the real skinny on the grand old man. He unearths some facts which make Houston more heroic than had been thought up North before, and then gets involved, and ultimately held hostage by Broderick Crawford's Henry Clay Jackson. Jackson is a Texan rebel, but Conovan discovers that he is no noble freedom-fighter, opting instead for robbing banks to fill his own pockets rather than for the greater glory of Texas.

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THE SPIRIT OF SAM HOUSTON...TEXAS'S GREATEST HERITAGE! Molding a Mighty State from the Reddest. Rowdiest Days of Reckless Texas' Wildest Decades! See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 July 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deep in the Heart of Texas See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Barry Conovan: We think of ourselves as Americans; you never think of yourselves as anything but Texans.
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Deep in the Heart of Texas
(uncredited)
Written by Don Swander and June Hershey
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Undistinguished B movie
24 September 1999 | by Penfold-13See all my reviews

Made in 1942, a film about patriotism is necessarily going to be a pro-Union all-American affair, as this B movie undoubtedly is.

Played by Robert Stack, Barry Conovan, a newspaperman, is sent to Texas some years after the death of Sam Houston, with the aim of getting the real skinny on the grand old man. He unearths some facts which make Houston more heroic than had been thought up North before, and then gets involved, and ultimately held hostage by Broderick Crawford's Henry Clay Jackson,.

Jackson is a Texan rebel, but Conovan discovers that he is no noble freedom-fighter, opting instead for robbing banks to fill his own pockets rather than for the greater glory of Texas.

The drums of patriotism beat loudly throughout the rather leaden script, which is flairlessly uttered by the second class actors.

Unless you happen to be a rabid Texas chauvinist who still thinks the Lone Star State is illegally occupied, the film is wholly inoffensive and passes the time. But it really is very ordinary.


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