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Two Guys from Texas
Director: David Butler (Dir)
Release Date:   4 Sep 1948
Premiere Information:   World premiere in Dallas: 6 Aug 1948; New York opening: 27 Aug 1948
Production Date:   late Feb--early May 1947
Duration (in mins):   85-86
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Cast:   Dennis Morgan (Steve Carroll)  
    Jack Carson (Danny Foster)  
    Dorothy Malone (Joan Winston)  
    Penny Edwards (Maggie Reed)  
    Forrest Tucker ("Tex" Bennett)  
    Fred Clark (Dr. Straeger)  
    Gerald Mohr (Link Jessup)  
    John Alvin (Jim Crocker)  
    Andrew Tombes (The Texan)  
    Monte Blue (Pete Nash)  
    Philharmonic Trio (Specialty)  
    Petra Silva (Indian woman)  
    Fred Kelsey (Cashier)  
    Jack Mower (Deputy)  
    Philo McCullough (Deputy)  
    Eileen Howe (Guest)  
    Peggy Gordon (Guest)  
    Tom Wells (Bit with Jack Carson)  
    Bill Steele (Townsman)  
    Jack Baxley (Townsman)  
    Charles Marsh (Townsman)  
    Fred Santley (Bartender)  
    Clifton Young (Announcer)  
    Lane Chandler (Judge)  
    Louis Mason (Judge)  
    Brandon Hurst (Judge)  
    Dick Alexander (Big man)  
    Cleatus Caldwell (Indian girl)  
    George Moran    

Summary: Steve Carroll and Danny Foster, partners in a singing and dancing act, are traveling across Texas on their way to California when they run out of gas. Leaving their car on the side of the road, they hitch a ride to a nearby dude ranch with Link Jessup and his secretary, Jim Crocker. When Jessup hears Steve and Danny's story, he suddenly remembers that he has unfinished business in town and leaves the two men to walk the rest of the way to the ranch. There, Steve and Danny try to convince Joan Winston, the owner, to give them room and board in exchange for their talents. At first Joan refuses, but when she learns that they are friends of Maggie Reed, a singer working at the ranch, she agrees to let them stay for the night. Steve decides that Danny should be psychoanalyzed in order to get over his animal phobia and, to this end, asks Dr. Straeger, a guest at the ranch, to talk to Danny. Straeger protests that he is not a psychiatrist, but agrees to see what he can do. When Steve and Danny discover that their car has been stolen, the sheriff, "Tex" Bennett, investigates, but only seems concerned by the interest that Joan, with whom he has an "understanding," shows in Steve. The following day, Danny talks to Straeger and reveals to him a recurring dream in which he is a shepherd who loses his flock of sheep to a wolf who looks like Steve. After Straeger tells Danny that he is jealous of Steve's success with women and has displaced his anxiety on to animals, he advises Danny to take a girl away from Steve. Danny then makes a play for Joan just when she is being forced to choose between Steve and Tex. In order to avoid the issue, she agrees to take a walk with Danny and later kisses him. By the next day, Danny has lost his fear of animals. On the day of the annual rodeo, Jessup and Crocker, who are really thieves, steal the rodeo entry fees and use Danny and Steve's car for their getaway. Because of this, Tex believes that Danny and Steve are guilty and happily arrests them. Later, Danny and Steve escape from jail and, in disguise, sneak back to the ranch, where Danny overhears Jessup and Crocker plotting to steal the rodeo receipts. The two men decide to attend the rodeo, stop the robbery and clear their names. At the rodeo, Danny's fake mustache falls off, and trying to evade the relentless Tex, he accidentally mounts a wild horse and wins the contest. Then Steve reveals that Jessup and Crocker are the real criminals. Later, Danny's cure almost fails when he learns that Straeger is a veterinarian, but finally realizes that his phobia is gone for good. Steve and Joan decide to marry, as do Maggie and Tex. 

Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.  
Brand Name: A Warner Bros.--First National Picture
Distribution Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.  
Director: David Butler (Dir)
  Herschel Daugherty (Dial dir)
  Phil Quinn (Asst dir)
Producer: Jack L. Warner (Exec prod)
  Alex Gottlieb (Prod)
Writer: I. A. L. Diamond (Scr)
  Allen Boretz (Scr)
Photography: Arthur Edeson (Dir of photog)
  William V. Skall (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: Edward Carrere (Art dir)
Film Editor: Irene Morra (Film ed)
Set Decoration: Lyle B. Reifsnider (Set dec)
Costumes: Leah Rhodes (Ward)
  Travilla (Chorus cost by)
Music: Leo F. Forbstein (Mus dir)
  Ray Heindorf (Orch arr)
Sound: C. A. Riggs (Sd)
  David Forrest (Sd)
Special Effects: William McGann (Spec eff dir)
  Wesley Anderson (Spec eff)
Dance: LeRoy Prinz (Mus numbers created and dir by)
Make Up: Perc Westmore (Makeup artist)
Production Misc: I. Freleng (Cartoon seq dir)
Color Personnel: Natalie Kalmus (Technicolor col consultant)
  Mitchell Kovaleski (Assoc col dir)
Country: United States

Songs: "Music in the Land," "I Don't Care If It Rains All Night," "I Want to Be a Cowboy in the Movies," "Everyday I Love You a Little Bit More," "I Never Met a Texan," "At the Rodeo" and "Hankerin'," music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Sammy Cahn.
Composer: Sammy Cahn
  Jule Styne
Source Text: Suggested by the play Howdy Stranger by Robert Sloane and Louis Pelletier (New York, 14 Jan 1937).
Authors: Louis Pelletier
  Robert Sloane

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. 4/9/1948 dd/mm/yyyy LP1905

Physical Properties: col: Technicolor
  Sd: RCA Sound System

Genre: Comedy
Sub-Genre: with songs
Subjects (Major): Dude ranches
  Romantic rivalry
Subjects (Minor): Animals
  False accusations

Note: Jule Styne's name was misspelled as "Jules" in the onscreen credits. For "Danny's" dream sequence, animation was used. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Box Office   7 Aug 1948.   
Daily Variety   4 Aug 48   p. 3.
Film Daily   4 Aug 48   p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter   28 Feb 47   p. 17.
Hollywood Reporter   9 May 47   p. 21.
Hollywood Reporter   4 Aug 48   p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter   6 Aug 48   p. 5.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest   31 Jul 48   p. 4258.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest   7 Aug 48   p. 4265, 4267
New York Times   28 Aug 48   p. 8.
Variety   4 Aug 48   p. 11.

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