Dallas (1950)

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    • Dallas (1950)




      Plot Summary
      After Confederate officer Blayde Hollister's home and family are destroyed
      by the Marlowe Brothers during the Civil War, he swears revenge,
      refusing to surrender and becoming a wanted man.
      In order to pursue the three brothers into Texas, Hollister fakes his own death
      in a staged gunfight with his friend Wild Bill Hickock.
      He then befriends Martin Weatherby, the newly appointed U.S. Marshal to Dallas,
      an affable, but not very experienced lawman, who agrees to let Hollister assume his identity.
      The eldest of the Marlowe brothers, Will, masquerades as a law-abiding real estate dealer
      while feigning righteous indignation over the brutal acts of lawlessness and violence
      visited on the honest citizens of Dallas by his sociopathic brothers, Cullen and Bryant.
      (Their parents were evidently fond of the renowned poet William Cullen Bryant).
      When Hollister becomes a rival for the affections of Weatherby's
      aristocratic fiancee Tonia Robles, Martin wonders whether he should let Blayde know that ...
      Written by duke1029

      Gary Cooper ... Blayde 'Reb' Hollister
      Ruth Roman ... Tonia Robles
      Steve Cochran ... Bryant Marlow
      Raymond Massey ... Will Marlow
      Barbara Payton ... Flo
      Leif Erickson ... U.S. Marshal Martin Weatherby
      Antonio Moreno ... Don Felipe Robles
      Jerome Cowan ... Matt Coulter
      Reed Hadley ... Wild Bill Hickok
      Gil Donaldson ... Luis Robles
      and many more...

      Stuart Heisler

      Writing Credits
      John Twist ... (written by)

      Anthony Veiller ... producer

      Max Steiner

      Ernest Haller ... director of photography

      Raymond Massey, a Canadian, was most famous for his repeated movie portrayals of President Lincoln.

      When Hollister stops to inspect hoof prints when pursuing Marlow to Fort Worth,
      the road behind him shows obvious signs of being mechanically graded e.g. by a bulldozer.

      Approximately one hour into the film, Will Marlow passes a sign that says
      "Dr. White - Dentist" though dentistry was not separate profession
      in the USA in the 19th century.
      Dentistry was usually performed by barbers and general practitioners.

      Audio/visual unsynchronised
      When Blayde Hollister mounts his horse to ride to the Robles compound
      near the end of the film, the sound of a horse galloping can be heard
      several seconds before he begins to move.
      There are no other horses moving in the street and the sound doesn't change once Blayde begins to ride.

      While Tonia plays the piano, Hollister heads for a armchair
      and sits down ostensibly with the cigar in his mouth.
      Subsequently he is shown finishing to sit with the cigar in his right hand.

      When Blayde Hollister shoots Bryant Marlowe, it occurs at night in the dark,
      but the very next scene as Hollister begins chasing
      Will Marlow almost immediately, it's day time.

      Crew or equipment visible
      When Bryant Marlow and his gang are chasing Blayde Hollister (Gary Cooper),
      they shoot at him and shot appear to hit the hillside next to him.
      But one of the shot impacts sends up a smoke ring from the charge planted in the hill,
      showing that the shot impacts are only special effects charges.

      Revealing mistakes
      Each time characters shoot at a can to demonstrate their marksmanship,
      there is a slight delay between the gunshots and the can's movement.
      In reality, there would be an almost instantaneous reaction.

      There is a clear difference between Wild Bill Hickock's
      shoulder length hair and actor Reed Hadley's real hair.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      Iverson Ranch - 1 Iverson Lane, Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California, USA
      Laramie Street, Warner Brothers Burbank Studios - 4000 Warner Boulevard, Burbank, California, USA
      Warner Ranch, Calabasas, California, USA
      Best Wishes
      London- England
    • Dallas (1950) is an American Western Technicolor film
      directed by Stuart Heisler, and starring Gary Cooper, Ruth Roman,
      Barbara Payton, and Raymond Massey.
      The film is set in the title city during the Reconstruction Era of the United States.

      User Review

      The Reb and the Blue Belly come to town.
      24 February 2010 | by Spikeopath (United Kingdom)

      spike wrote:

      Dallas stars Gary Cooper, Ruth Roman, Steve Cochran, Barbara Payton & Raymond Massey. It's directed by Stuart Heisler, photography is from Ernest Haller & pen duties fell to John Twist. Produced out of Warner Brothers, Dallas

      is vividly filmed in Technicolor out of the Iverson & Warner ranches in California. Very much a film with its tongue firmly in cheek, the film is a throwback to the Westerns of yore that exist without pretensions or deep penetrative meanings.

      The plot sees Cooper's Civil War renegade, Blayde "Reb" Hollister, fake his own death so as to kill off his reputation and to free himself for the pursuit into Dallas of the brothers who massacred his family. In essence a routine plot, Twist's story is perked up along the way by many a fun and exciting diversion. There's role reversals, dandy fashions, horseback pursuits, shoot outs, a love triangle, vigorous dialogue and deft little twists to keep the piece purely from painting it by numbers.

      Cooper seems to be enjoying himself too, which further enhances the feel good factor on offer. It's true he isn't really asked to do anything more than be a laconic dude on a mission. But when called on for action duties, he delivers the goods that his fans have come to expect during his successful career. The villains entertain (particularly Steve Cochran's vile and dopey Bryant Marlow) because each have their own little peccadilloes to keep them from over familiar blandness. The two ladies of the piece look gorgeous and hold up well in amongst the machismo, while the high production value allows Haller to really treat the eyes with the lush Technicolor and involving camera work around the locations.

      It has ideals to being an "A" list Oater does Dallas, something it just can't quite attain. But it's not for lack of trying and the end result is one of pure entertainment, that, in truth, should be enjoyed on a cold winters day when the viewer needs a pick me up. 7/10
      Photos with courtesy of lasbugas

      Best Wishes
      London- England

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