The Fabulous Texan


1h 35m 1947

Brief Synopsis

A couple of Confederate soldiers, returning home from the Civil War, find Texas transformed into an armed camp with a quasi-dictator gathering up land and power as fast as he can. The two former Rebels take on this despot each in his own way.

Film Details

Also Known As
The Texas Uprising
Release Date
Nov 9, 1947
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Synopsis

After the Civil War, Lt. John Wesley Barker and his friend, Jim McWade, return to their hometown of Millsborough, Texas. Although Jim is unaware of it, Wes is in love with Jim's fiancée, Alice Sharp. When Wes visits Alice at her father's drugstore, townspeople Elihu and Utopia Mills tell him that the state police are ordering everyone to turn in their guns. Just then, Capt. Jessup of the state police enters and tells Wes that his father, Rev. Barker, has been writing rabble-rousing sermons encouraging rebellion. Wes visits his father and asks him to leave town, but Rev. Barker is dedicated to his flock. Later, at his father's church, Alice tells Wes and his cousins, the four Clayton brothers, that Barker has been shot and killed by the state police, in an apparent accident. Meanwhile, at the state police headquarters, Jessup orders his men to enforce the curfew in town. At the blacksmith's, Wes and his cousins shoot and kill Jessup in retaliation for Rev. Barker's death, and one of the Claytons, Shep, is hurt. Later, two state policemen visit Alice at her home, and when Wes decides to hide in the dark, Alice admits she loves him. Meanwhile, Jim visits Gen. Gibson Hart, telling him that Wes will surrender if he can be assured of a fair trial, and Wes agrees to surrender. The whole town turns out in support of Wes, and fearing violence, the adjutant general rides into town with more police and declares a state of martial law. Hours later, Alice tells the jailed Wes that Jim is assembling the jury for his trial, but when Gen. Hart reneges on his promise of a trial, Jim releases Wes and his cousins, and they escape with several officers and Gen. Hart as their hostages. Sometime later, Wes and his cousins rob a stage guarded by state police. When Wes is later attacked by police and the townspeople riot, the police react by burning houses and wagons and killing innocent citizens. One of their victims is Andy Renfro, whose wife had delivered a baby only moments before. Although the town is in a state of anarchy, President Grant will not commit troops. During the chaos, Jim meets Alice at Halfway Springs and she tells him she loves Wes. While Jim is sworn in as United States Marshal by Gen. Sheridan, Wes and his gang rob the First National Bank. Now that he is truly a criminal, the townspeople form a vigilante group led by Wade Clayton, Wes's uncle. As Wes and his men prepare to leave for Mexico, they are ambushed by the vigilantes. Wade shoots and kills his brother Shep, and Wes is shot in the arm. When he learns from Josie Allen that Gen. Hart plans to kill Jim, Wes goes to warn him. When Hart shoots, Wes dies when he is hit by a bullet meant for Jim, but returns fire before he dies, killing Hart. Many years later, Alice and her grandson admire the monument erected to Jim's memory, but she reminds him that Jim was not the only one who sacrificed for Texas.

Cast

William ["wild Bill"] Elliott

Jim McWade

John Carroll

John Wesley Barker

Catherine Mcleod

Alice Sharp

Albert Dekker

Gen. Gibson Hart

Andy Devine

Elihu Mills

Patricia Knight

Josie Allen

Ruth Donnelly

Utopia Mills

Johnny Sands

Bud Clayton

Harry Davenport

Rev. Barker

Robert H. Barrat

Doctor Sharp

Douglass Dumbrille

Luke Roland

Reed Hadley

Capt. Jessup

Roy Barcroft

Standifer

Russell Simpson

Wade Clayton

James Brown

Shep Clayton

Jim Davis

Sam Bass

George Beban

Dick Clayton

John Miles

Sim Clayton

Robert Coleman

Brad

Tommy Kelly

Lee Kilrain

Frank Ferguson

Andy Renfro

Glenn Strange

Owens

Ivan Parry

Barto

Craig Reynolds

State policeman

Harry Woods

State policeman

Richard Foote

State policeman

Ethan Laidlaw

State policeman

William Forrest

Major Wharton

George H. Lloyd

Morbid citizen

John Hamilton

President Grant

Selmer Jackson

Flanigan

Harry V. Cheshire

Judge Gavin

Stanley Andrews

Vigilante leader

George Eldredge

Tax collector

Olin Howlin

Storekeeper McGinn

Crane Whitley

Constable Flint

Jack Ingram

Policeman

Ray Teal

State police captain

Helen Brown

Mrs. Renfro

Regina Wallace

Mother

Douglas Wood

Hamilton

Wade Crosby

Trooper

Russell Hicks

General Sheridan

Harland Tucker

Colonel Benson

Pat Flaherty

Springer

Ralph Dunn

Gratton

Eddie Acuff

Telegraph operator

Dick Elliott

Zebrina

Robert E. Neff

Lieutenant

Karl Hackett

Harpe

Gregory Marshall

Wesley at age 7

Jerry Jerome

Turnkey

Pat Combs

Youth

Pierce Lyden

Captain

Ted Mapes

Guard

Mickey Simpson

Sentry

Franklyn Farnum

Mayor Billings

Watson Downs

Mr. Channing

Charles Morton

Blacksmith

Craig Lawrence

Policeman

Allen Mathews

Policeman

Zeke Holland

Boy

Bob Anderson

Boy

Don Brown

Boy

Jimmy Crane

Boy

Paul Dunn

Boy

Billy Gray

Boy

Timmie Hawkins

Boy

Sarah Selby

Pierre Watkin

Tristram Coffin

Kenneth Macdonald

Edythe Elliott

Paul Scardon

Tom Chatterton

Ed Cassidy

Al Ferguson

Ethyl May Halls

Howard Mitchell

Nolan Leary

Al Kunde

Frank Austin

Film Details

Also Known As
The Texas Uprising
Release Date
Nov 9, 1947
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

According to the Daily Variety review of this film, the term "fabulous Texan" was "applied generally to those Texans in the period after the Civil War who fought efforts of the corrupt State Police to set up a dynasty of terror." Although an February 18, 1945 New York Times news item stated that the film is based on the real-life exploits of Sam Bass (1851-1878), the picture bears little resemblance to his life. For more information about Bass, please see the entry above for the 1949 Universal picture Calamity Jane and Sam Bass. A re-edited version of The Fabulous Texan was released on April 28, 1953 under the title The Texas Uprising.