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Return of the Texan
Return of the Texan FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed byDelmer Daves
Screenplay byDudley Nichols
Based onFred Gipson
(Based on a Novel by)
Produced byFrank P. Rosenberg
StarringDale Robertson
Joanne Dru
CinematographyLucien Ballard
Edited byLouis R. Loeffler
Music bySol Kaplan
Color processBlack and white
20th Century Fox
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • February 13, 1952 (1952-02-13)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States

Return of the Texan is a 1952 American Western film directed by Delmer Daves and starring Dale Robertson and Joanne Dru.[1]


After his wife dies, Sam Crockett honors her last wish by moving back to their native Texas with their two sons and Grandpa Firth. They have a farm there that is in serious disrepair.

Neighbor and old acquaintance Rod Murray has become owner of a large ranch by marrying Averill Marshall. He hates poachers and resents Grandpa hunting deer on his land. He also is unhappy that Averill's sister Ann, engaged to a doctor, is developing a romantic interest in Sam.

Sam needs money and does some fencing work for Rod, who is slow to pay him, leading to a fight. Grandpa suffers a stroke and Ann helps nurse him back to health. She knows that Sam still loves his late wife, but persuades him that they can begin a life of their own.


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