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The First Texan Details


Cashing in on the popularity of TV's and the jukebox favorite "Yellow Rose of Texas", Allied Artists came up with the CinemaScope biopic The First Texan. The title character is Sam Houston, played with rugged assuredness by Joel McCrea. The film begins when Houston leaves Tennessee for Texas, where at first he keeps to himself and avoids politics. As events overwhelm him, however, Houston evolves into the territory's most conspicuous patriot. His efforts to thwart Mexican general Santa Ana's efforts to recapture Texas for Mexico culminate in the battle of the Alamo, which is recreated in brisk, economical fashion. Somewhat perversely, Davy Crockett is reduced to a bit part in The First Texan. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Joel McCrea
as Sam Houston
Felicia Farr
as Katherine
Jeff Morrow
as Bowie
Wallace Ford
as Delaney
Abraham Sofaer
as Don Carlos
Jody McCrea
as Baker
Chubby Johnson
as Deaf Smith
Dayton Lummis
as Austin
William Hopper
as Travis
Roy Roberts
as Sherman
Frank Puglia
as Pepe
Salvador Baguez
as Veramendi
James Griffith
as Crockett
Nelson Leigh
as Hockley
Carl Benton Reid
as Andrew Jackson


Byron Haskin
Walter Mirisch
Dan Ullman
Roy Webb
Composer (Music Score)