An Angel from Texas (1940)

69 or 71 mins | Comedy | 27 April 1940

Director:

Ray Enright

Cinematographer:

Arthur L. Todd

Production Designer:

Esdras Hartley

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

For information on other versions of George S. Kaufman's play, consult the entry for The Tenderfoot (1932, see ... More Less

For information on other versions of George S. Kaufman's play, consult the entry for The Tenderfoot (1932, see below). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
6 Jun 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
15 May 40
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Feb 40
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Jun 40
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Feb 40
pp. 12-13.
Motion Picture Herald
30 Mar 40
p. 58.
Motion Picture Herald
18 May 40
p. 48.
New York Times
10 May 40
p. 26.
Variety
8 May 40
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture; Jack L. Warner, in charge of production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
MUSIC
SOUND
MAKEUP
Makeup
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Butter and Egg Man by George S. Kaufman (New York, 23 Sep 1925).
DETAILS
Release Date:
27 April 1940
Production Date:
began 8 February 1940
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
27 April 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9583
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
69 or 71
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
6092
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Peter "Tex" Coleman, a butter and egg man from Texas, comes to New York with his mother's life savings to buy a hotel in the big city and be near his stage struck sweetheart, Lydia Weston. Upon his arrival, Tex finds Lydia working as a secretary for a couple of fast-talking producers rather than being the stage star that her home town thinks she has become. Tex is just the angel for whom sharpshooter producers Mac McClure and Marty Allen have been waiting, because they have a play set for rehearsal but no money to produce it, and their leading lady, Valerie Blayne, is adding to their problems by threatening reprisals from her gangster boyfriend, Pooch Davis, unless the show opens on schedule. Tex agrees to invest his money in the show if Lydia is given the lead, and when Mac and Marty consent to his terms, the play goes into rehearsal as a drama with two leading ladies. When Valerie threatens Mac with bodily harm unless she plays the lead, Mac informs Tex that he is going to fire Lydia unless he buys the entire show. Sensing that the play would work as a farce, Marty's wife Marge puts up the money on the condition that Tex play the male lead. True to Marge's instincts, on opening night, the play has the audience rolling in the aisles as dynamite planted on stage by Valerie's vindictive boyfriend explodes, and the actors' performances are so bad that they are funny. As a comedy, the show becomes a smash success, but when a plagiarism suit looms on the horizon, Tex and Marge sell the show back to ... +


Peter "Tex" Coleman, a butter and egg man from Texas, comes to New York with his mother's life savings to buy a hotel in the big city and be near his stage struck sweetheart, Lydia Weston. Upon his arrival, Tex finds Lydia working as a secretary for a couple of fast-talking producers rather than being the stage star that her home town thinks she has become. Tex is just the angel for whom sharpshooter producers Mac McClure and Marty Allen have been waiting, because they have a play set for rehearsal but no money to produce it, and their leading lady, Valerie Blayne, is adding to their problems by threatening reprisals from her gangster boyfriend, Pooch Davis, unless the show opens on schedule. Tex agrees to invest his money in the show if Lydia is given the lead, and when Mac and Marty consent to his terms, the play goes into rehearsal as a drama with two leading ladies. When Valerie threatens Mac with bodily harm unless she plays the lead, Mac informs Tex that he is going to fire Lydia unless he buys the entire show. Sensing that the play would work as a farce, Marty's wife Marge puts up the money on the condition that Tex play the male lead. True to Marge's instincts, on opening night, the play has the audience rolling in the aisles as dynamite planted on stage by Valerie's vindictive boyfriend explodes, and the actors' performances are so bad that they are funny. As a comedy, the show becomes a smash success, but when a plagiarism suit looms on the horizon, Tex and Marge sell the show back to its eager producers and leave them holding the bag. +

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