Texas Across the River

Texas Across The River is a 1966 western film comedy/satire directed by Michael Gordon and starring Dean Martin, Alain Delon, Rosemary Forsyth and Joey Bishop.

Texas Across The River
Directed byMichael Gordon
Produced byHarry Keller
Written byWells Root
Harold Greene
Ben Starr
StarringDean Martin
Joey Bishop
Alain Delon
Rosemary Forsyth
Music byFrank De Vol
(as DeVol)
CinematographyRussell Metty
Edited byGene Milford
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • October 26, 1966 (1966-10-26) (Houston, Texas)
Running time
101 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$4.5 million (est. US/ Canada rentals)[1]
707,549 admissions (France)[2]


Phoebe Ann Naylor (Rosemary Forsyth) is about to be wed to Don Andrea Baldazar, El Duce de la Casala (Alain Delon) in Louisiana in 1845. The festivities are broken up with the arrival of Yancey Cottle (Stuart Anderson) and his relatives, who form a U.S. Dragoons troop under the command of Cottle's cousin, Captain Rodney Stimpson (Peter Graves).

When Cottle, who wished to wed Phoebe Ann himself is accidentally killed, Don Andrea is charged with murder. He flees, promising to meet up with Phoebe Ann across the river in Texas, not yet a U.S. state.

In the wake of the failed wedding, Phoebe Ann is sent to Texas to lie low until the scandal blows over. Her wagon train is helped by Sam Hollis (Dean Martin) and his Indian sidekick, Kronk (Joey Bishop).

Along the way, Hollis gets separated from the wagon train and meets up with Don Andrea, whom he calls Baldy. The two form an antagonistic relationship, as well as a love-triangle with Phoebe Ann, made more complex by the Indian maiden Lonetta (Tina Aumont), and the men's attempts to keep a Comanche raiding party at bay.



Filming began January 1966[3] with the film being shot in Techniscope. Portions of the film were shot at North Ranch in Thousand Oaks, California.[4]

Musical score

The title song for the film, also known as "Texas Across the River", was written by Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen and performed by The Kingston Trio.[5]

Home media

The film is now available on DVD through Universal's MOD program. The VHS version is long out of print.

See also


  1. "Big Rental Pictures of 1966", Variety, 4 January 1967 p 8
  2. Box office information for film at Box Office Story
  3. Delon, Dean Martin Team in Epic Martin, Betty. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 01 Nov 1965: c17.
  4. Schneider, Jerry L. (2016). Western Filming Locations Book 5. CP Entertainment Books. Page 3. ISBN 9780692564417.
  5. "Texas Across the River," Lyrics Playground, 2005-09, retrieved 2008-10-03.
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