4 for Texas
|4 for Texas|
|Directed by||Robert Aldrich|
|Produced by||Robert Aldrich|
|Written by||Teddi Sherman
The Three Stooges
|Music by||Nelson Riddle|
|Edited by||Michael Luciano|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Box office||1,367,490 admissions (France)|
4 for Texas is a 1963 American western comedy film starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Anita Ekberg, Ursula Andress, and featuring screen thugs Charles Bronson and Mike Mazurki, with a cameo appearance by Arthur Godfrey and the Three Stooges (Larry Fine, Moe Howard and Curly Joe DeRita). The film was written by Teddi Sherman and Robert Aldrich, who also directed.
In 1870, a shipment of $100,000 being transported by stagecoach to Galveston, Texas, is the object of a tug-of-war in the desert between Zack Thomas (Frank Sinatra) and Joe Jarrett (Dean Martin), who first must stave off an outlaw band led by Matson (Charles Bronson).
Later, in Galveston, Thomas and Jarrett become rivals in a bid to open a waterfront casino. Each has a new romantic attachment as well, with the beauties Elya (Anita Ekberg) and Maxine (Ursula Andress), respectively. They eventually must join forces to hold off the villainous Matson and a corrupt banker, Burden (Victor Buono), to keep their new gambling boat afloat.
- Frank Sinatra as Zack Thomas
- Dean Martin as Joe Jarrett
- Anita Ekberg as Elya Carlson
- Ursula Andress as Maxine Richter
- Charles Bronson as Matson
- Victor Buono as Harvey Burden (President, Galveston Savings & Trust)
- Edric Connor as Prince George (carriage driver)
- Nick Dennis as Angel
- Richard Jaeckel as Pete Mancini
- Mike Mazurki as Chad (Zack's bodyguard)
- Wesley Addy as Winthrop Trowbridge
- Marjorie Bennett as Miss Emmaline
- Virginia Christine as Elya Carlson's maid
- Ellen Corby as Widow
- Jack Elam as Dobie
- Joe DeRita as Painting deliveryman (billed as the Three Stooges)
- Larry Fine as Painting deliveryman (billed as the Three Stooges)
- Moe Howard as Painting deliveryman (billed as the Three Stooges)
- Jack Lambert as Monk
The film was announced in 1960 as Two for Texas. The role of Elya was originally intended for Sophia Loren who had already worked with Sinatra in The Pride and the Passion. Although she was offered $1,000,000 for four weeks of work, Loren turned the part down.
4 for Texas was filmed in 1.85:1 aspect ratio on 35-millimeter Technicolor film. Its promotional trailer features Ursula Andress in specially shot footage addressing the audience.
During production, the relationship between star Sinatra and director Aldrich became strained. Aldrich felt the film was not a success, and cited problems with his own script as well as Sinatra's lack of enthusiasm for the project—Aldrich calculated that Sinatra worked a total of only 80 hours during 37 days of filming.
The film had its U.S. premiere on December 18, 1963. Forty-three years after its original premiere, 4 for Texas was presented at the Turin Film Festival on November 12, 2006.
Awards and nominations
It was nominated for the Golden Laurel as "Top Action Drama", ultimately coming in fourth.
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