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4 FOR TEXAS

A stagecoach delivering money to Galveston is ambushed by a gang led by a hired killer named Matson (Charles Bronson), but they're fought off by Zack Thomas (Frank Sinatra) and Joe Jarrett (Dean Martin). The stage wrecks and Joe makes off with money, leaving Zack in the dust. Zack was to use the funds to purchase an old riverboat and turn it into Galveston's gambling jewel of the Gulf Coast, a business arrangement with town banker Harvey Burden (Victor Buono). Jarrett arrives in town with the same plan, and meets widow Max Richter (Ursula Andress), owner of the coveted, broken-down boat. Jarrett & Max, and Zack & Elya Carlson (Anita Ekberg), Galveston's high society madam, begin a game of one-upmanship to gain final control of the vessel. Unknown to our heroes, Burden wants it all for himself, and he's the man behind Matson. Opening night arrives, and Joe and Zack engage in a winner-take-all brawl, but Matson is laying in wait to assassinate both.

The Three Stooges guest star as inept delivery men, who run afoul of two elderly ladies (Ellen Corby, Jesslyn Fax) protesting the delivery of a nude painting to the riverboat lounge. Moe, Larry & Curly Joe perform the "point to the right" and "he's from Texas" routines.

Filmed in CinemaScope and TechniColor.



Yes, that's Ellen Corby (THE WALTONS) as one of the little old ladies who pummel the Stooges. Ms. Corby began her career behind-the-camera in the 1930s as a script supervisor at the Hal Roach Studios. At that time she was married to Roach cinematographer Francis Corby, and she worked on the films of Laurel & Hardy, Our Gang, Charley Chase, Todd & Kelly, more.

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Featuring
Moe, Larry and Curly Joe
Release Date
December 25, 1963
Studio
Warner Bros.
Production Type
Feature Film
Duration
124 min.
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Prod. No.:   470
Shooting Days:   58 days   From: 1963-05-22   To: 1963-07-27

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  • "She reminds me of my Mother." "You never had a mother." "Shame on you!"
    (Larry, Moe & Curly Joe)


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  • *clap-clap-clap-clap* Texas
    When the Stooges are being bullied by someone, Moe tries to stand up to him by telling him that the third Stooge is "one of the toughest men from the state of *clap-clap-clap-clap* Texas!" Then the third Stooge walks up to the villian and tries to act all tough, but the villian slaps him before he can even say anything.

    A variation of this routine is used in PARDON MY CLUTCH, but minus the *clap-clap-clap-clap*.
    Also used in:  PARDON MY CLUTCH  ·   NEW 3 STOOGES, THE  ·   JERKS OF ALL TRADES

  • Point to the right
    Moe points to the right and asks another Stooge to do the same, but that Stooge is standing in front of Moe, causing him and Moe to point in different directions. Moe, thinking that Stooge isn't really pointing to the right, tries to set him straight.
    Also used in:  PARDON MY SCOTCH  ·   DIZZY DETECTIVES  ·   MUMMY'S DUMMIES  ·   START CHEERING  ·   ROCKIN' IN THE ROCKIES


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Re: 4 FOR TEXAS
Posted 2010-10-25 01:30:43 by shemps#1
Strictly a 2 hour masturbatory effort from Rat Packers Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, who are very unconvincing as mid-to-late 19th Century westerners. They actually come off as two 50's era Vegas acts who traveled in a time machine to the Old West. The Stooges are on screen for about 5 minutes in a refreshingly risque role as they deliver a nude portrait of Ursula Andress (who is of course stunning here but you can check her out in the MUCH better first James Bond film Dr. No). The men are men and the women not only know their place but are happy to be Frank and Dean-O's subserviant wenches, which even for 1963 comes of as dated and lame. Charles Bronson is not given much to do as the hired killer, and Victor Buono is just "there" as a gaseous evil banker.

4 For Texas is by no means boring but it is also by no means good. The Stooges' sole purpose seems to be so Dean Martin can stroke his ego by giving them the Triple Slap. They don't do anything new here but they are certainly the highlight of the film (well them and Ursula). I can in no way recommend this film to anyone but Wack Pack fanatics who need to see anything they have ever done. As for Stooges fans, I would recommend searching YouTube for a clip of their bit instead of going out of your way to see this film.

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Re: 4 FOR TEXAS
Posted 2006-09-19 13:22:08 by benjilbum
This film is very bad aside from The Stooges short apperance. They are the only thing in it worth watching, and its great to see them in color for a change. I hope they got paid well to do this spot, because I'm sure they are the main reason anyone would even buy it now. Its a must however for any serious Stooge collector to have.
Re: FOUR FOR TEXAS
Posted 2001-08-25 03:59:00 by Stooge
Edited 2003-07-01 20:01:00 by Stooge
Didn't even bother paying attention to the rest of the movie, but the cameo from the Stooges was great, with them re-prising old classic gags like the *clap clap clap clap* Texas bit and the "point to the right" routine.
Re: FOUR FOR TEXAS
Posted 2001-10-04 18:16:00 by Shemp_Diesel
Outside of "The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly" I'm no western buff nor will I pretend on knowing how to rate spur & saddle films. But it's a great treat to see our boys(in technicolor no less).
Re: FOUR FOR TEXAS
Posted 2001-08-25 03:09:00 by [Deleted Member]
You like it eh, shemps#1?Good flick. It flicked me right out of my seat to get a good close look at the beautiful Ursula Andress. It flicked me out of my seat in surprise to see Victor "King Tut" Buono in it. It flicked me out of my seat in delight to see a young Charles Bronson. And finally, It flicked me out of my impatience spell to see the fine comedic hyjinx of the Three Stooges. It was a good plot overall, though. By the way, you don't have to fast forward through the hour and a ½ to see the Stooges, alls ya gotta do is record just the Stooge's scene. If you do it just right, it's like your seeing an SNL-like sketch comedy! It's on AMC every so often, so don't worry if you missed it. ISLIPP- in the great state of (clap-clap-clap-clap) Texas. ©2001
Re: FOUR FOR TEXAS
Posted 2001-05-08 16:35:00 by BeAStooge
Not the best Rat Pack effort, and it could have been edited down by about 15 minutes... but a great cast. And Ellen Corby dishes out the triple slap... Waltons Mountain's pride!

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Re: FOUR FOR TEXAS
Posted 2001-03-01 07:11:00 by sickdrjoe
The world's only Vegas Western! Oddly enough, for a typically phoned-in Rat Pack vanity production, this is pretty watchable. The pre-credits sequence of outlaws chasing a stagecoach is outstanding. Stooges don't do much after they finally show up, but they're always a welcome sight in any movie.

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