Dallas (film)

Dallas is a 1950 American Western Technicolor film directed by Stuart Heisler, and starring Gary Cooper, Ruth Roman, Barbara Payton, and Raymond Massey. The film is set in the title city during the Reconstruction Era of the United States.

Directed byStuart Heisler
Produced byAnthony Veiller
Written byJohn Twist
StarringGary Cooper
Ruth Roman
Steve Cochran
Barbara Payton
Raymond Massey
Leif Erikson also plays a prominent role.
Music byMax Steiner
CinematographyErnest Haller
Edited byClarence Kolster
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • December 30, 1950 (1950-12-30)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$4,490,000[1]
$2.2 million (US rentals)[2]

Plot summary

Blayde Hollister (Gary Cooper) is a former Confederate out to revenge himself on a group of carpetbaggers who murdered his family and destroyed their home in Georgia. With the help of his friend Wild Bill Hickok (Reed Hadley), Hollister's death is faked and he accompanies and swaps identities with Federal Marshal Martin Weatherby (Leif Erickson). Martin is an inexperienced dude from the East using the position of Marshal to impress his fiancée Tonia (Ruth Roman), whose Mexican family is being terrorised by the same gang that murdered Reb's family and terrorised Georgia. Hollister posing as the dude Martin protects both men and lets them get closer to the carpetbaggers.



According to Warner Bros' accounts, the film earned $2,765,000 domestically and $1,725,000 foreign.[1]


  1. Warner Bros. financial information in The William Shaefer Ledger. See Appendix 1, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, (1995) 15:sup1, 1-31 p. 31 DOI: 10.1080/01439689508604551
  2. 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1951', Variety, January 2, 1952

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