Review: ‘Texas Across the River’

Texas Across the River is a rootin', tootin' comedy western with no holds barred. It's a gag-man's dream, an uninhibited spoof of the early frontier packed with a choice assemblage if laughs, many of the belly genre.

Texas Across the River is a rootin’, tootin’ comedy western with no holds barred. It’s a gag-man’s dream, an uninhibited spoof of the early frontier packed with a choice assemblage if laughs, many of the belly genre.

Writers have developed a situation of a gallant Spanish innocent set down in a world he can never quite understand. That he is a nobleman, too, with courtly ethics, makes him all the more improbable as a character who takes in stride wild Comanches and wilder longhorns, and finds Dean Martin, as a Texan, the most perplexing of all.

Michael Gordon’s direction juggles the misadventuress of Alain Delon, in Spanish role, and Martin with a mission of transporting guns across Comanche terrritory and Delon on his hands. Both Indians and the cavalry are satirized with countless slick touches.

Texas Across the River

Production

Universal. Director Michael Gordon; Producer Harry Keller; Screenplay Wells Root, Harold Greene, Ben Starr; Camera Russell Metty; Editor Gene Milford; Music Frank DeVol; Art Director Alexander Golitzen, William D. DeCinces

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1966. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

Dean Martin Alain Delon Rosemary Forsyth Joey Bishop Tina Marquand Peter Graves

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