Texas Across the River

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Texas Across The River
Texas Across the River.jpg
Directed by Michael Gordon
Produced by Harry Keller
Written by Wells Root
Harold Greene
Ben Starr
Starring Dean Martin
Joey Bishop
Alain Delon
Rosemary Forsyth
Music by Sammy Cahn
James Van Heusen
Cinematography Russell Metty
Edited by Gene Milford
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
27 October
  • 1966 (1966)
Running time
101 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $4.5 million (est. US/ Canada rentals)[1]
707,549 admissions (France)[2]

Texas Across The River is a 1966 western film comedy/satire with Dean Martin and Joey Bishop. The film was directed by Michael Gordon.

Plot[edit]

Phoebe Ann Naylor (Rosemary Forsyth) is about to be wed to Don Andrea Baldazar, El Duce de la Casala (Alain Delon) in 1845 Louisiana. The festivities are broken up with the arrival of Yancey Cottle (Stuart Anderson) and his relatives, who form a U.S. Dragoons troop under the command of Cottle's cousin, Captain Rodney Stimpson (Peter Graves).

When Cottle, who wished to wed Phoebe Ann himself is accidentally killed, Don Andrea is charged with murder. He flees, promising to meet up with Phoebe Ann across the river in Texas, not yet a U.S. state.

In the wake of the failed wedding, Phoebe Ann is sent to Texas to lie low until the scandal blows over. Her wagon train is helped by Sam Hollis (Dean Martin) and his Indian sidekick, Kronk (Joey Bishop).

Along the way, Hollis gets separated from the wagon train and meets up with Don Andrea, whom he calls Baldy. The two form an antagonistic relationship, as well as a love-triangle with Phoebe Ann, made more complex by the Indian maiden Loneta (Tina Aumont), and the men's attempts to keep a Comanche raiding party at bay.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Filming began January 1966.[3]

Home media[edit]

The film is now available on DVD through Universal's MOD program. The VHS version is long out of print.

The title song for the film, also known as "Texas Across the River", was written by Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen and performed by The Kingston Trio.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Big Rental Pictures of 1966", Variety, 4 January 1967 p 8
  2. ^ Box office information for film at Box Office Story
  3. ^ Delon, Dean Martin Team in Epic Martin, Betty. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 01 Nov 1965: c17.
  4. ^ "Texas Across the River," Lyrics Playground, 2005-09, retrieved 2008-10-03.

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