The Kid from Texas (1939 film)

The Kid from Texas is a 1939 Western sports comedy film.[1]

The Kid from Texas
Directed byS. Sylvan Simon
Produced byEdgar Selwyn
Screenplay byFlorence Ryerson
Edgar Allan Woolf
Albert Mannheimer
Story byMilton Merlin
Byron Morgan
StarringDennis O'Keefe
Florence Rice
Anthony Allan
Jessie Ralph
Buddy Ebsen
Music byWilliam Axt
CinematographySidney Wagner
Edited byFredrick Y. Smith
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
April 14, 1939 (1939-04-14)
Running time
71 minutes
CountryUnited States


Margo Thomas, a lady of New York high society, travels to Texas with her brother to buy a new polo pony. When they choose cocky cowboy William Quincy's favorite horse, he asks to accompany them on the trip back East, and when easy-going ranch hand Snifty is chosen instead, William goes along anyway.

William's happy that Margo's rich aunt Minetta takes a shine to him and he develops a romantic attraction to Margo, who resents his arrogance and presence on the Long Island estate so much at first that she asks polo players to pick a fight with him. Trying to learn her favorite sport, William leaves the estate in shame after being thrown from a horse during a polo match.

He still loves the game, so he and Snifty begin a series of Wild West polo matches in the city, "cowboys against Indians," that become popular. William makes the acquaintance of Okay Kinney, a young rider who falls for him. Margo's brother's team ends up playing his, and after impressing her with his skill, William deliberately loses the match, just to please her.



Australian sports star Snowy Baker trained actor Dennis O'Keefe to play polo for the film.[2][3]


  1. "Stage, Film Bill Offered" Kingsley, Grace. Los Angeles Times 25 May 1939: A9.
  2. "Polo Ponies Know". The Mail. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 13 May 1939. p. 3 Supplement: THE MAIL Magazine. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  3. "ENTERTAINMENTS WINTERGARDEN THEATRE". The Morning Bulletin. Rockhampton, Qld.: National Library of Australia. 26 June 1940. p. 12. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
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