The Texas Rangers. 1936. USA. Directed by King Vidor. 98 min.
Screenplay by Louis Stevens, Vidor, based on the book The Texas Rangers by Walter Prescott Webb. With Fred MacMurray, Jack Oakie, Lloyd Nolan. The cinematic influence of William S. Hart on later films is never more apparent than in this 1936 offering from King Vidor. In Film Notes, former MoMA film curator Eileen Bowser describes the film as “the story of three men who might have appeared in any Western film, representing the conflict between the older frontier code and the current mores of civilization. Oakie, Macmurray and Nolan portray three Good-Bad men in the William S. Hart tradition, torn by this conflict.” Print courtesy Universal Pictures