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The Man from Texas (1948)

Approved | | Western | 6 March 1948 (USA)
Tobias Simms (James Craig) is torn between his criminal career as the masked bandit named the "El Paso Kid", and the life of a law-abiding citizen with his long-suffering wife Zoe (Lynn ... See full summary »

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Joseph Fields (screenplay), Jerome Chodorov (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Craig ... Tobias Simms - alias Toby Heath
Lynn Bari ... Zee Simms - alias Zee Heath
Johnny Johnston ... Billy Taylor (as Johnnie Johnston)
Una Merkel ... Widow Weeks
Wallace Ford ... Jed (as Wally Ford)
Harry Davenport ... 'Pop' Hickey
Sara Allgood ... Aunt Belle (as Sarah Allgood)
Victor Cutler ... Charlie Jackson (as Vic Cutler)
Reed Hadley ... Marshal Gregg
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Tobias Simms (James Craig) is torn between his criminal career as the masked bandit named the "El Paso Kid", and the life of a law-abiding citizen with his long-suffering wife Zoe (Lynn Bari). Throughout the film, he tells his worried wife "just one more time", but is unable to stop, angering Zoe greatly. However, he does have brief moments of heroics when he helps the Widow Weeks (Una Merkel) save her farm. This was Eagle-Lion Studios first big budget film.

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El Paso Kid See more »

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Production Co:

Bryan Foy Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The El Paso Kid
7 September 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Based a little bit on the character of Jesse James, James Craig stars as the notorious El Paso Kid who's made a nice living as an all around outlaw. But he's getting older and the places he can operate in the great state of Texas are getting fewer. Not to mention Lynn Bari his wife wants him to just get out of the outlaw business. She wants a church wedding because she doesn't feel rightly married with a justice of the peace even with two children already.

But he keeps getting dragged back in. Not that Craig hasn't some good impulses as he helps widow Una Merkel save her ranch from being repossessed by skinflint banker Harry Davenport.

It was interesting to see Davenport who usually plays kindly old gentlemen and is almost never a villain type in a role that Donald Meek or Berton Churchill would normally play. Of course both were gone when Man From Texas was released by Eagle-Lion.

Singer Johnny Johnston is in this as well as a singing sidekick to Craig.

In the end Craig completely redeems himself.

Man From Texas is a mediocre western that only if you are fan of someone in the cast you should bother with.


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