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The Texans (1938)





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In the rough-and-tumble world of post-Civil War Texas, ex-Confederate soldier Kirk Jordan (Randolph Scott) crosses paths with ranch owner Ivy Preston (Joan Bennett). Although a loyal Southerner, Jordan can't get past the waste and tragedy of the four years that have just ended, but Ivy is eager to help keep the war for the Confederacy alive, running guns to her would-be lover, unrepentant ex-Confederate captain Alan Sanford (Robert Cummings), who is prepared to ally himself with the Mexican emperor Maximilian as a means of starting a new war against the "Yankee" government. Ivy is attracted to Jordan after he boldly helps her evade an army checkpoint, until she finds out how relatively peaceable he is. Jordan and his sidekick, Cal Tuttle (Raymond Hatton), are prepared to make a cattle drive to the new railhead at Abilene and sell at a handsome profit, but Ivy wants nothing to do with the United States or Yankee money, even as her more practically minded grandmother (May Robson) and her foreman, Chuckawalla (Walter Brennan), try to convince her otherwise. Only when Isaiah Middlebrack (Robert H. Barrat), the corrupt local administrator for the occupying Northern government, arrives announcing a head-tax on cattle does she change her mind and begin to see some worth in Jordan's ambition and boldness. Two deaths, of Middlebrack and a much-loved ranch hand, allow the ranchers and the occupying soldiers to reconcile and make the drive together to the border. Jordan and his outfit find a stricken, desperate Abilene, bereft of anything to be shipped on the new rail line. Jordan's arrival accomplishes everything he hopes for and more, and in the end Ivy sees and also glories in his vision, of a United States reunited and restored, growing and thriving as never before. But Jordan can't abide her continued affection for Alan, whose continued obsession with restoring the Confederacy is wearing on him and almost everyone else by now, and he plans on leaving. Ivy doesn't want to see that happen, but is torn over her lingering affection for Alan. But then she learns that he is planning to join a new organization, the Ku Klux Klan, intended to drive the Yankees out of the South, and she suddenly has to choose with which of these men her future lies.


Joan Bennett
as Ivy Preston
Randolph Scott
as Kirk Jordan
May Robson
as Granna
Walter Brennan
as Chuckawalla
Robert Cummings
as Capt. Alan Sanford
Raymond Hatton
as Cal Tuttle
Robert H. Barrat
as Isaiah Middlebrack
Harvey Stephens
as Lt. David Nichols
Francis Ford
as Uncle Dud
Chris-Pin Martin
as Juan Rodriguez
Anna Demetrio
as Rosita Rodriguez
Richard Tucker
as Gen. Corbett
Edward Gargan
as Sgt. Grady
Archie Twitchell
as Cpl. Thompson
William Haade
as Sgt. Cahill
Irving Bacon
as Pvt. Chilina
William B. Davidson
as Mr. Jessup, Railroad Man
Richard Denning
as Cpl. Parker
Oscar Smith
as Black Soldier
Jack Perrin
as Private Soldier
Dutch Hendrian
as Union Soldier
Harry Woods
as Cavalry Officer
Wheeler Oakman
as US Captain
Everett Brown
as Man with Watches
Margaret McWade
as Middle-Aged Lady
Lon Poff
as Moody Citizen
Pat West
as Real Estate Man
James Quinn
as Confederate Soldiers
Ralph M. Remley
as Town Lawyer
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Critic Reviews for The Texans

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

A moderately entertaining show.

March 25, 2006 | Full Review…

It can truthfully be said that there is never a dull moment.

June 10, 2021 | Full Review…

Good outdoor spectacle.

July 22, 2019 | Full Review…

There's plenty of manufactured action.

April 17, 2007 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Texans


Ordinary western helped by two high quality supporting players, May Robson, full of vinegar and Walter Brennan all down home grit. Whenever they're on screen the picture is a lot of fun. The leads, Randolph Scott and Joan Bennett aren't bad just sort of colorless. Both have been much better elsewhere. Joan, blonde here, really seemed to come into her own a few years on when she switched to brunette it seemed to define her image and make her a more dominant player.

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