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The Gallant Legion (1948)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 24 May 1948 (USA)
When power-hungry Faulkner and Leroux want to divide Texas into smaller sections, instead of allowing it to enter the Union as a single state, Gary Conway and the Texas Rangers must step in... See full summary »

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Joseph Kane (as Joe Kane)

Writers:

Gerald Drayson Adams (screenplay) (as Gerald Adams), John K. Butler (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Elliott ... Gary Conway (as William Elliott)
Lorna Gray ... Connie Faulkner (as Adrian Booth)
Joseph Schildkraut ... Sen. Clarke Faulkner
Bruce Cabot ... Beau Laroux
Andy Devine ... 'Windy' Hornblower
Jack Holt ... Texas Ranger Capt. Banner
Grant Withers ... Wesley Hardin
Adele Mara ... Catalina
James Brown ... Tom Banner
Harold Landon Harold Landon ... Chuck Conway (as Hal Landon)
Tex Terry Tex Terry ... Ranger Sgt. Clint Mason
Lester Sharpe ... Matt Kirby
Hal Taliaferro ... Billy Smith
Russell Hicks ... State Sen. Beale
Herbert Rawlinson ... Maj. Grant
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When power-hungry Faulkner and Leroux want to divide Texas into smaller sections, instead of allowing it to enter the Union as a single state, Gary Conway and the Texas Rangers must step in to thwart their chicanery. Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Texas Gunfighters See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Lady From Monterey
Written by Jack Elliott
Sung by Adele Mara
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Who Else But The Texas Rangers
29 June 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Another fine bigger budget western from Republic during the height of Wild Bill Elliott's career is Gallant Legion which has as its plot line a dastardly villain played by Bruce Cabot who wants nothing less than to carve out West Texas from the state and set up his own satrap with him as the big boss. During the Reconstruction period Cabot was head of the corrupt Texas State Police which displaced the Rangers. He wants back into power and will stop at nothing.

Two things you should be aware of when watching Gallant Legion. There has been some considerable revisionist history post the Civil Rights era about The Texas State Police which operated under Texas's carpetbagger government. They were not as bad as made out in histories written with a Southern bias and a lot of the objection stemmed from the fact that blacks were members of the State Police. You'll see nary a black face in this movie. But the villainy and corruption of the Texas State Police was an accepted view in 1948.

Secondly Texas is the only state in the union which if it so chooses can subdivide itself into I believe as many as six states. What Cabot is trying to do in Gallant Legion is set up West Texas as its own state and he's rather ruthless in trying to besmirch the Rangers effectiveness as a law enforcement agency. He's even willing to start an Indian War with the Commanches to swing public opinion his way.

Bill Elliott is his usual peaceable man character who wants to settle down and ranch with younger brother Harold Landon. What he doesn't know is Landon joined the State Police while he was away and is now part of Cabot's raiders who are causing general mayhem throughout the state. When Landon is killed Elliott joins the Rangers to find out who is behind all the lawlessness in which his brother died.

Gallant Legion boasts a fine cast including Joseph Schildkraut as a corrupt State Senator under Cabot's thumb, Adrian Booth as Schildkraut's niece who is a reporter, Adele Mara who sings a few songs in a saloon when Landon isn't courting her, Jack Holt as Captain of the Rangers, Andy Devine as the Ranger camp cook and comic relief and Grant Withers as the real life John Wesley Hardin.

Elliott was probably at his most heroic here, but Bruce Cabot has one of his career roles as an outstanding western villain. The scope of this man's evil is astounding.

I'm surprised Herbert J. Yates didn't save this one for John Wayne. Be that as it may Wild Bill Elliott got a film in what was one that definitely got away from the Duke.


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