Gary Cooper's return to saddle and six-shooter is to the good, and he makes quite a bit of the heroic and rugged opportunities in the John Twist story. His two co-stars, Ruth Roman and Steve Cochran, also carry off the pretentious aims.

Gary Cooper’s return to saddle and six-shooter is to the good, and he makes quite a bit of the heroic and rugged opportunities in the John Twist story. His two co-stars, Ruth Roman and Steve Cochran, also carry off the pretentious aims.

Period is just following the war between the states, and the locale is Texas and the then pioneer town of Dallas. Cooper, a southerner, rides into the territory on the prowl for three brothers, war opportunists who had destroyed his home and family in Georgia. There’s a romantic triangle, plus a land grab angle, to pad out the footage.

Direction by Stuart Heisler bogs down several times when story veers away from its main purpose, but the chases, gun battles and other movement come across with good action. Some of the slow spots are due to a lot of script palaver.

Dallas

Production

Warner. Director Stuart Heisler; Producer Anthony Veiller; Screenplay John Twist; Camera Ernest Haller; Editor Clarence Kolster; Music Max Steiner

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1950. Running time: 94 MIN.

With

Gary Cooper Ruth Roman Steve Cochran Raymond Massey Leif Erickson Barbara Payton
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