Man from Texas (1948)

71 mins | Western | 6 March 1948

Director:

Leigh Jason

Producer:

Joseph Fields

Cinematographer:

Jackson Rose

Editor:

Norman Colbert

Production Designer:

Edward Ilou

Production Company:

Eagle-Lion Films, Inc.
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HISTORY

Working titles of the film were, Texas Legend and A Texas Story . Missouri Legend , the play on which Man from Texas is based, was about the life of Jesse James. Several of the characters and incidents in the play were retained in the film. James Craig appeared in a small part in the New York production of the play, which starred Dean Jagger as Jesse. According to the file on the film in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, the Ohio Censorship Board eliminated all references to Baptists from the film and song lyrics about thinking, on Sundays, of robbing banks on Mondays. Modern sources add John Qualen to the cast, but he could not be identified in the print ... More Less

Working titles of the film were, Texas Legend and A Texas Story . Missouri Legend , the play on which Man from Texas is based, was about the life of Jesse James. Several of the characters and incidents in the play were retained in the film. James Craig appeared in a small part in the New York production of the play, which starred Dean Jagger as Jesse. According to the file on the film in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, the Ohio Censorship Board eliminated all references to Baptists from the film and song lyrics about thinking, on Sundays, of robbing banks on Mondays. Modern sources add John Qualen to the cast, but he could not be identified in the print viewed. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
6 Mar 1948.
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Daily Variety
30 Mar 48
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
2 May 47
p. 22.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Mar 48
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
3 Apr 48
p. 4109.
New York Times
12 Aug 48
p. 16.
Variety
31 Mar 48
p. 22.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Bryan Foy in Charge of Production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
2d unit dir
Dial dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost supv
MUSIC
Mus score
Mus dir
SOUND
Sd mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Photog eff
Special art eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
Makeup
Hair styling
Hair styling
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Script supv
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Missouri Legend by Elizabeth B. Ginty (New York, 19 Sep 1938).
SONGS
"My Darlin'," "Sunday Song," "El Paso Kid" and "Wedding Song," music by Earl Robinson, lyrics by Joseph Fields.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Texas Legend
A Texas Story
Release Date:
6 March 1948
Production Date:
5 May--early June 1947
Copyright Claimant:
Pathé Industries, inc.
Copyright Date:
6 March 1948
Copyright Number:
LP1509
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
71
Length(in feet):
6,422
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
12564
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Because he carries out all his robberies in other counties, Tobias Simms, who is also known as The El Paso Kid, lives a life of quiet respectability with his wife Zee and their children in a small Texas town. Toby returns home after a series of robberies to find that Zee, who has long worried about his criminal activities, has sent the children to her parents' house and is planning to leave him. To prevent this, Toby promises to make a sacred pledge during a ceremony in which they will reconfirm their marriage vows that he will never ride out again as a bandit, but just as they are about to say their vows, Billy Taylor, Toby's best friend, tells him that a band of horsemen are headed toward the church. The sheriff and his posse chase Toby and Billy but fail to catch them. Later Toby, determined to reform, tries to borrow money legally on his word alone, but when the banker laughs at him, Toby tells him he is The El Paso Kid, and the banker willingly hands over the money. Toby then gives the banker his note and asks him to keep the transaction a secret. Toby reunites with Zee and the children, and they move to another town where, Toby changes his name to Heath and opens a hay and feed store. However, one Sunday, the family returns from church to find Jed and the rest of Toby's old gang waiting for them. When Zee accuses Toby of reverting to his old ways, he explains that while the feed store business is fine, he only has enough money to pay off the bank. Toby then ... +


Because he carries out all his robberies in other counties, Tobias Simms, who is also known as The El Paso Kid, lives a life of quiet respectability with his wife Zee and their children in a small Texas town. Toby returns home after a series of robberies to find that Zee, who has long worried about his criminal activities, has sent the children to her parents' house and is planning to leave him. To prevent this, Toby promises to make a sacred pledge during a ceremony in which they will reconfirm their marriage vows that he will never ride out again as a bandit, but just as they are about to say their vows, Billy Taylor, Toby's best friend, tells him that a band of horsemen are headed toward the church. The sheriff and his posse chase Toby and Billy but fail to catch them. Later Toby, determined to reform, tries to borrow money legally on his word alone, but when the banker laughs at him, Toby tells him he is The El Paso Kid, and the banker willingly hands over the money. Toby then gives the banker his note and asks him to keep the transaction a secret. Toby reunites with Zee and the children, and they move to another town where, Toby changes his name to Heath and opens a hay and feed store. However, one Sunday, the family returns from church to find Jed and the rest of Toby's old gang waiting for them. When Zee accuses Toby of reverting to his old ways, he explains that while the feed store business is fine, he only has enough money to pay off the bank. Toby then promises Zee that he will do only one more robbery. The gang plans a stagecoach holdup but are outwitted as it is carrying no cash. As an act of friendship, Toby tells Billy to leave the gang, find a wife and settle down. After Billy rides away, Toby finds temporary refuge with the Widow Weeks, a devout, penniless Baptist who is about to be evicted. Billy returns due to a trail washout. Feeling sorry for her plight, Toby ends up paying the widow's $200 debt, but after she secures a receipt for her payment from the bank representative, he and Billy hold him up and recover the $200. When Mrs. Weeks later goes to the bank to pick up the deed to her property, the banker asks to see the signed receipt. While she is there, Toby arrives to discuss his debt and pretends not to know the widow but persuades the banker not to cause her any more difficulties. Toby then pays off his debt with interest and receives his note. However, he is offended when the banker tells him that the newspapers have reported his loan as a robbery and decides to actually rob the bank by blowing open the safe. More robberies follow, and Toby, Billy and Jed are pursued by a large posse and separate. Later, a U.S. Marshal pays a visit to the Heath home and asks Toby to join a posse to round up The El Paso Kid and his gang. The gang splits up before all of the roads are closed to them. Although Toby promises Zee that he will sell the business and they will go to California, the marshal is eventually tipped off about Toby's identity and arrests him. Toby is sentenced to serve ten years, and as he is traveling by train to prison, a water tower is toppled across the tracks causing the train to stop. Toby tells the marshal, to whom he is handcuffed, that it must be a hold-up. After the marshal unlocks the handcuffs, Toby discovers his old gang robbing the mail car of gold bullion, chases them off and reattaches the handcuffs. When the train reaches the state capital, Toby finds that the news of the attempted hold-up has been wired ahead and a crowd is there to greet him as a hero. After Toby's sentence is reduced to a year and a day, he and Zee reconfirm their vows in a church, while Billy and the widow Weeks contemplate their future together. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
with songs


Subject
Subject (Major):

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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