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#58: Texas Across the River (1966) September 20, 2008

Posted by badblokebob in : Comedy, Western, 4 stars, 1960s, 2008 , trackback

1966 | Michael Gordon | 101 mins | DVD | PG

Texas Across the River hardly seems to be a well-remembered film — the only DVD edition available (as far as I can tell) is a legally-produced DVD-R, clearly in the wrong aspect ration, purchasable here. (At the time of publishing the site is down, but I’ll give the link in case it ever returns.) I only come to see it because a friend happened to have a VHS as a child, enjoyed it back then, and managed to track down that DVD.

And actually, it’s a fairly entertaining film. Little more than a comedic Western runaround, it sees Alain Delon — as a Spanish nobleman — trying to get to Texas to escape the Cavalry (led by Jim Phelps himself, Peter Graves) and marry his betrothed. On the way he enlists the help of Dean Martin and his Indian sidekick. Hilarity ensues! OK, so it’s probably funnier if you watch it before your age hits double figures, but it still has enough entertaining moments and decent gags that its complete expungement from almost anyone’s consciousness seems unwarranted.

I don’t expect it’ll ever undergo some miraculous revival (it’s not that good), and perhaps is of primary interest as a curio for fans of Dean Martin, Alain Delon or Mission: Impossible, but it made me laugh — and, as I believe I’ve said before, that’s all I really ask of a comedy.

4 out of 5


1. dino martin peters - September 20, 2008

Hey pallie Michael, thanks for the review of Texas….this is one of the Dinoflicks that I have yet to see ’cause the DVD is quite hard to locate…glads you enjoyed it. Never was, never will be anyone as cool as the King of Cool…..oh, to return to the days when Dino walked the earth….

2. Troy Lively - July 6, 2010

This is a movie that won’t require alot of brain work to enjoy. Kick back, relax and get ready for some light-hearted yuks. Dean Martin actually made a pretty entertaining cowboy and he’s funny here. Joey Bishop as an Indian? Well, sure. It’s just entertainment.

3. chad - July 18, 2010

i grew up with dean martin, my dad was a huge fan we watched evry episode of the dean martin show, and we saw every dean martim movie ever made, i saw texas across thr river in the old hopkins theater in hopkins minnesota when i was 7. the world seemed like a better place when it was graced by dino, frank and the boys.

4. Eddie C - January 29, 2013

Dean Martin is a very underated actor. He was good in every movie he was in.

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