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 Frank De Vol
Sammy Cahn
James Van Heusen
Cinematography Russell Metty
Edited by Gene Milford
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
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, Alain Delon, Rosemary Forsyth and Joey Bishop. The film was directed by Michael Gordon.


Phoebe Ann Naylor (Rosemary Forsyth) is about to be wed to Don Andrea Baldazar, El Duce de la Casala (Alain Delon) in Louisiana in 1845. 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.


The movie is notable for its gags, namely:-

The manner in which Cottle is accidentally killed (Don Andrea is pushed by a barging door from behind, causing his head to hit Cottle's bum, causing Cottle to fall out of a balcony).

Don Andrea making his escape via a food/meal elevator.

Kronk admitting to Hollis that he can't read the Commanche's smoke signals because he's from a different tribe.

The Commanche warriors' unconventional wise-cracking throughout the movie.

A Commanche brave mis-firing, causing himself to be hit by his own bow in the process.

Hollis being shot on the bottom by a Commanche arrow.

The climax of the film entails the Comanche raiding party attacking a settlement which includes a running gag consisting of the same Comanche warrior being thrown off his horse several times over.

Kronk throwing his empty revolver during the battle causing two Commanches to fall off their horses.



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]


  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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