This post is part of the Texas Blogathon hosted by The Midnite Drive-In.
Confederate soldiers Dan (William Holden) and Tod (Glenn Ford) look to Texas for opportunities when the war ends. Upon witnessing a stagecoach robbery, the close friends ambush the outlaws and confiscate the stolen funds. Tod wishes to return the money, but Dan wants to keep it. After a sheriff gives chase, each man runs off on his own. They are reunited after some time, but with Tod now an honest ranch hand and Dan an outlaw cattle rustler, the two do not know if their friendship can survive.
I was originally going to write a bona fide review of ‘Texas’, but I have a lot of scattered thoughts and comments to make concerning it, so I thought I might as well do a list thingy instead. (There will be spoilers.) (And if you want a more conventional review of this movie, I recommend this post.)
~I’m highly amused by the cheery music that plays as ‘…The paths to the market were bloody trails of Indian depredations, outlaw, rustlers…’ scrolls across the screen.
~William Holden and Glenn Ford are, like, baby-year-olds in this film. And very adorable. I’m sort of used to Young William Holden because I’ve seen ‘Arizona’ (was ‘Texas’ supposed to be a sort of companion piece to ‘Arizona’?). Young Glenn Ford is very attractive and he and William Holden both have cute dimples. Plus, their acting is great.
~William Holden tends to play jerky guys, at least in most of the films I’ve seen him in. I don’t really care for Dan (Holden’s character). I mean, he joins up with cattle rustlers and doesn’t seem much bothered by it. And he steals Tod’s girl (though he might not have known that extent of Tod’s feelings at first).
~The fight near the beginning is HILARIOUS. My siblings and I laughed so hard during it when we first watched the movie.
~Edgar Buchanan makes for a chilling bad guy. I’ve only ever seen him playing kindly/harmless old codgers, but he was something else again as Doc. Lots of nastiness, and it’s surprising twist considering his usual screen roles.
~I love how Tod stands up and says his piece after Windy Miller makes his offer of two dollars a head of cattle. If I were Mike, I’d have fallen for him right then and there (Tod, not Miller).
~*snickers at how Dan wants to keep the money and Tod tries to talk him out of it because Glenn Ford’s character in ‘The Sacketts’ does the exact opposite and why am I snickering about this when the situation is actually kinda heartbreaking in ‘The Sacketts’?*
~Thanks to certain comments on Hamlette’s review of ‘Texas’ (see link above) I will forever get Tod and Dan’s names mixed up in my head.
~Man. The way that sheriff and the posse are so quick to lynch Tod puts ‘The Ox-Bow Incident’ to shame.
~Also, the ending of ‘Texas’ is a bit of a downer and not something I expected from a 40’s ‘B’ western. But I guess it all comes down to the fact that Dan’s life was in a mess and there wasn’t enough time to bring resolution, reconciliation, and redemption to him, so they killed him off. *sigh*
~Overall, though, a fun, entertaining, and enjoyable western film, one that I’ll be sure to watch and re-watch over the years.
Have you ever seen this film? What did you think of it?