An Angel from Texas

An Angel from Texas is a 1940 comedy film directed by Ray Enright and written by Fred Niblo Jr. and Bertram Millhauser. The film stars Eddie Albert, Rosemary Lane, Wayne Morris, Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman. The film was released by Warner Bros. on April 27, 1940.[1][2] The film is based on the hit 1925 play The Butter and Egg Man, written by George S. Kaufman.

An Angel from Texas
Directed byRay Enright
Produced byRobert Fellows
Screenplay byFred Niblo Jr.
Bertram Millhauser
Based onThe Butter and Egg Man
1925 play
by George S. Kaufman
StarringEddie Albert
Rosemary Lane
Wayne Morris
Ronald Reagan
Jane Wyman
Music byHoward Jackson
CinematographyArthur L. Todd
Edited byClarence Kolster
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • April 27, 1940 (1940-04-27)
Running time
69 minutes
CountryUnited States


Peter "Tex" Coleman (Eddie Albert), a butter and egg man from Texas, comes to New York with his mother's life savings to buy a hotel in the big city and be near his stage struck sweetheart, Lydia Weston (Rosemary Lane). Upon his arrival, Tex finds Lydia working as a secretary for a couple of fast-talking producers rather than being the stage star that her home town thinks she has become.

Tex is just the angel for whom sharpshooter producers Mac McClure (Wayne Morris) and Marty Allen (Ronald Reagan) have been waiting, because they have a play set for rehearsal but no money to produce it, and their leading lady, Valerie Blayne (Ruth Terry), is adding to their problems by threatening reprisals from her gangster boyfriend, Pooch Davis (Milburn Stone), unless the show opens on schedule. Tex agrees to invest his money in the show if Lydia is given the lead, and when Mac and Marty consent to his terms, the play goes into rehearsal as a drama with two leading ladies.

When Valerie threatens Mac with bodily harm unless she plays the lead, Mac informs Tex that he is going to fire Lydia unless he buys the entire show. Sensing that the play would work as a farce, Marty's wife Marge puts up the money on the condition that Tex play the male lead.

True to Marge's instincts, on opening night, the play has the audience rolling in the aisles as dynamite planted on stage by Valerie's vindictive boyfriend explodes, and the actors' performances are so bad that they are funny. As a comedy, the show becomes a smash success, but when a plagiarism suit looms on the horizon, Tex and Marge sell the show back to its eager producers and leave them holding the bag.



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