4 for Texas


2h 4m 1963
4 for Texas

Brief Synopsis

Double-crossing outlaws go straight and become rival saloon owners.

Film Details

Genre
Comedy
Western
Classic Hollywood
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
Baltimore opening: 18 Dec 1963
Production Company
Sam Co.
Distribution Company
Warner Bros. Pictures
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 4m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System), Stereo
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.85 : 1

Synopsis

Zack Thomas and Joe Jarrett separately are heading for Galveston in 1870 and witness a stagecoach attack by a gang on horseback led by Matson, a local gunslinger. After repulsing the bandits, Zack discloses a bag containing $100,000, but Joe relieves him of the money at gunpoint and proceeds to an orphanage where he was reared. He later deposits the loot in a bank run by Harvey Burden, a crook who has supported Zack in his efforts to become the town's gambling boss. Zack learns that Joe is in Galveston, and he arranges a meeting but is interrupted when Matson attempts to kill Zack. Joe wounds the bandit, thus saving his rival's life, and then goes off to see Maxine Richter, owner of a riverboat which Joe plans to refurbish as a gambling saloon. Outraged that anyone would dare to give him competition, Zack plans for his gang to take over the boat on opening night. Unknown to both men, however, Burden has decided to let the gangs destroy each other so he can move in with Matson's bandits and take control. Maxine and Elya Carlson, Zack's devoted girl friend, persuade the two gamblers to join forces. As a result of the alliance, Matson's gang is defeated, Burden is arrested, and the women get their reward at a double wedding.

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4 for Texas - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster from 4 for Texas (1963), starring Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.

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Film Details

Genre
Comedy
Western
Classic Hollywood
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
Baltimore opening: 18 Dec 1963
Production Company
Sam Co.
Distribution Company
Warner Bros. Pictures
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 4m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System), Stereo
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.85 : 1

Articles

4 for Texas - 4 For Texas


It may be hard to imagine Frank Sinatra in the Wild West other than Las Vegas but he did make the trip for a few movies. In 4 for Texas (1963), he even took along buddy Dean Martin, enlisted edgy tough-guy director Robert Aldrich (Kiss Me Deadly, 1955), threw in Anita Ekberg and Ursula Andress for eye appeal and still found room for a Three Stooges cameo. As you might expect, this is not your usual Western.

Sinatra and Martin play two ne'er-do-wells on their way to Texas when an attack by bandits mistakenly leaves them with $100,000 in loot. Martin with his trusty gun relieves Sinatra of all financial responsibility and then hightails it to Galveston, Texas, where he becomes possibly the first robber to deposit his money in a bank. Victor Buono owns the bank, and is one of many people trying to dominate the gambling in this wide-open port town. Into the fracas rides Charles Bronson, the leader of the original bandits, who's not too happy about losing the money. Fightin' and schemin' ensue.

Released in 1963, 4 for Texas is a good example of what at the time was called a "clan picture." In other words, Sinatra collected his "Rat Pack" buddies, headed out to the Mojave Desert and tossed off an entertaining film that made no pretensions to serious art. Still, the script has uncredited contributions from W.R. Burnett (who wrote the novels Little Caesar and High Sierra). Sharp-eyed viewers might want to watch for B-Western star Bob Steele and future Homicide detective Yaphet Kotto.

Director/Producer: Robert Aldrich
Screenplay: Robert Aldrich, Teddi Sherman, W.R. Burnett (uncredited)
Cinematography: Ernest Laszlo
Editor: Michael Luciano
Art Direction: William Glasgow
Music: Nelson Riddle
Cast: Frank Sinatra (Zack Thomas), Dean Martin (Joe Jarrett), Anita Ekberg (Elya Carlson), Ursula Andress (Maxine Richter), Charles Bronson (Matson).
C-115m.

by Lang Thompson
4 For Texas - 4 For Texas

4 for Texas - 4 For Texas

It may be hard to imagine Frank Sinatra in the Wild West other than Las Vegas but he did make the trip for a few movies. In 4 for Texas (1963), he even took along buddy Dean Martin, enlisted edgy tough-guy director Robert Aldrich (Kiss Me Deadly, 1955), threw in Anita Ekberg and Ursula Andress for eye appeal and still found room for a Three Stooges cameo. As you might expect, this is not your usual Western. Sinatra and Martin play two ne'er-do-wells on their way to Texas when an attack by bandits mistakenly leaves them with $100,000 in loot. Martin with his trusty gun relieves Sinatra of all financial responsibility and then hightails it to Galveston, Texas, where he becomes possibly the first robber to deposit his money in a bank. Victor Buono owns the bank, and is one of many people trying to dominate the gambling in this wide-open port town. Into the fracas rides Charles Bronson, the leader of the original bandits, who's not too happy about losing the money. Fightin' and schemin' ensue. Released in 1963, 4 for Texas is a good example of what at the time was called a "clan picture." In other words, Sinatra collected his "Rat Pack" buddies, headed out to the Mojave Desert and tossed off an entertaining film that made no pretensions to serious art. Still, the script has uncredited contributions from W.R. Burnett (who wrote the novels Little Caesar and High Sierra). Sharp-eyed viewers might want to watch for B-Western star Bob Steele and future Homicide detective Yaphet Kotto. Director/Producer: Robert Aldrich Screenplay: Robert Aldrich, Teddi Sherman, W.R. Burnett (uncredited) Cinematography: Ernest Laszlo Editor: Michael Luciano Art Direction: William Glasgow Music: Nelson Riddle Cast: Frank Sinatra (Zack Thomas), Dean Martin (Joe Jarrett), Anita Ekberg (Elya Carlson), Ursula Andress (Maxine Richter), Charles Bronson (Matson). C-115m. by Lang Thompson

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Trivia

During one scene in the film, we see a building with a painted sign for the "SAM Company". "SAM" is the name of production company that made the film and it stood for Sinatra and Martin.

Notes

Location scenes filmed in the Mojave Desert.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1963

Released in United States on Video February 20, 1991

Released in United States 1963

Released in United States on Video February 20, 1991