Directed byGeorge Marshall
Screenplay byHorace McCoy
Michael Blankfort
Lewis Meltzer
Story byMichael Blankfort
Lewis Meltzer
Produced bySamuel Bischoff
StarringWilliam Holden
Glenn Ford
Claire Trevor
CinematographyGeorge Meehan
Edited byWilliam A. Lyon
Music bySidney Cutner
Ross DiMaggio
Carmen Dragon
Color processBlack and white
Columbia Pictures
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • October 9, 1941 (1941-10-09)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States

Texas is a 1941 American Western film directed by George Marshall and starring William Holden, Glenn Ford and Claire Trevor. Texas was an early picture for both Holden (his seventh credited performance) and Ford (his ninth).[1] The film was designed by Columbia as a follow-up, though not a sequel, to the previous year's Arizona, which also starred Holden.


Two Confederate veterans, broke and homeless, are making their way to Texas to start fresh. After comedic adventures getting into and out of trouble, just trying to make enough money to get to Texas, they witness a stagecoach robbery and manage to hold up the outlaws and take back the cash. At that point they have a difference of opinion; the "good" one Tod Ramsey (Glenn Ford) wants to give it back, the "bad" one Dan Thomas (William Holden) wants to keep it and keep going. Goodness wins out, and both are off the hook.

Tod takes a job with the biggest local rancher who has a beautiful and friendly daughter, "Mike" King (Claire Trevor). Dan stumbles into a different kind of job—with another rancher who specializes in rustling. They both have heads turned by the lovely lady and the battle of good and evil continues. The key to the action is the need to get the entire town/valley's cattle past all the rustlers up to the railroad at Abilene.

Dan is falsely accused of taking a shot at Tod. As he tries to escape the angry townsfolk, he shoots both the men behind the attempt on Tod's life, but he is shot and killed by the second one, Doc Thorpe, who is also the town's dentist. Tod appears at the door just after Doc Thorpe and Dan have shot each other. Tod closes the door to shield Mike's eyes from the sight of Dan's body. Ultimately, Tod and Mike go back to herding cattle together as they ride side by side while holding hands.


See also


  1. ^ Arnold, Jeremy. "Texas (1941)". TCM.com. Archived from the original on January 27, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2021.