More western than anything else, basically The Texans is a story of the Reconstruction period and carpetbaggers following the Civil War. It is another of a long line of pictures which adopts a strong pro-Southern attitude in dealing with this period of American history.
Plot [story by Emerson Hough] deals with the plight of an old Texas family of ranchers which escapes from the homeland with 10,000 head of cattle to avoid onerous taxation levied by the landgrabbers, scalawags and carpetbaggers of the days following the war between the States. Most of the action covers the long and treacherous drive of the cattle through wild country up to the nearest railroad point in Kansas.
Camera crew get some beautiful outdoor shots on the cattle push from Texas to Kansas. Blizzard is realistically shot, also the prairie fire sequence and the night scene when the caravan is camping.
Joan Bennett is too much the Fifth Avenue debbie in a cow-hat to impart the desired touch. Someone should have mussed her up a little now and then. Randolph Scott, paired with Bennett for romantic interest, shepherds the flock (men and cattle) through to Kansas and finally edges out Robert Cummings, who also figures on the romantic end, but unsympathetically. Scott gives an even performance and looks much more the pioneer type than the star opposite him.