The First Texan

Overview

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...
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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/18/2009
  • UPC: 883316196908
  • Original Release: 1956
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: B&W / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:22:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 29,585

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joel McCrea Sam Houston
Felicia Farr Katherine
Jeff Morrow Bowie
Wallace Ford Delaney
Abraham Sofaer Don Carlos
Jody McCrea Baker
Chubby Johnson Deaf Smith
Dayton Lummis Austin
William Hopper Travis
Roy Roberts Sherman
David Silva Santa Ana
Frank Puglia Pepe
Salvador Baguez Veramendi
James Griffith Crockett
Nelson Leigh Hockley
Scott Douglas
Rodolfo Hoyas Cos
William Phipps
Carl Benton Reid Andrew Jackson
Technical Credits
Byron Haskin Director
Wilfrid M. Cline Cinematographer
Walter Mirisch Producer
Dan Ullman Screenwriter
Roy Webb Score Composer
George White Editor
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