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4 for Texas (1963)

Approved | | Comedy, Western | 25 December 1963 (USA)
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Zack Thomas is a tough guy who hooks up with Joe Jarrett to open a casino.

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Robert Aldrich
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Sinatra ... Zack Thomas
Dean Martin ... Joe Jarrett
Anita Ekberg ... Elya Carlson
Ursula Andress ... Maxine Richter
Charles Bronson ... Matson
Victor Buono ... Harvey Burden
Edric Connor Edric Connor ... Prince George
Nick Dennis ... Angel
Richard Jaeckel ... Pete Mancini
Mike Mazurki ... Chad
Wesley Addy ... Winthrop Trowbridge
Marjorie Bennett ... Miss Emmaline
Virginia Christine ... Brunhilde
Ellen Corby ... Widow
Jack Elam ... Dobie
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Storyline

Sharpshooters Zack Thomas and Joe Jarrett are in a Texan stage-coach and manage to fight off Matson's robber gang, so afterward they can fight over the $100,000 cash carried by a railroad official. Both make it to Galveston, where each, including vexed Matson, meets up with respective accomplices in various dirty schemes. The money keeps changing hands and the scene shifts to a river boat, which should multiply the winnings as a casino, but the crooks and bullets follow. Written by KGF Vissers

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The far out story of the far west. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Two for Texas See more »

Filming Locations:

Mojave, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$4,520,000 (estimated)
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Stereo | Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The role of Maxine Richter was originally intended for Gina Lollobrigida. See more »

Goofs

After the stagecoach wreck in the desert, as one of the principals is speaking to the others, in what should be a pristine desert background, a passing car is briefly visible at center screen left. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Joe Jarrett: Take a good look at him. He's the bad guy. And Joe Jarrett - that's me, and Zack Thomas, we're the good guys.
Matson: Let's go.
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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'A' rating. All cuts were waived in 2002 when the film was granted a 'PG' certificate for home video. See more »

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Two Rat Packers Out West
2 April 1999 | by bwaynefSee all my reviews

What, I wonder, would a director do on the set of a movie starring Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin? Light their cigarettes? Mix their drinks? Laugh at their jokes? One thing he certainly does not do is play "auteur." The director is present to say "Cut" and "Print," not to pursue his "vision" or any of that arty stuff. "Four for Texas" gave Robert Aldrich a pair of stars who, in terms of popularity, may have been the male equivalent of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford whom he had directed the previous year in "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" But whereas Davis and Crawford were passionate enemies, Ol' Blue Eyes and Ol' Dino were the best of buddies, and their movies treated as casually as any of their swingin' Vegas gigs. It was an opportunity to have some fun and get paid doing it. If that fun translated to the screen, fine, but in this movie the cast appears to be entertaining itself while putting the audience to sleep. If Aldrich had no control over Frank and Dino, he compensated by overdirecting Charles Bronson who is as animated--for him--as Bugs Bunny. The whole shebang is a comedy-western, but there are virtually no laughs, only snickers--from the cast, not the audience. In comparison, "Ocean's 11" is some kind of classic.


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