4 For Texas

  • 1963
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Western

This disjointed riverboat western features Sinatra and Martin as a pair of rival con men who compete for control of the Texas port of Galveston in 1870. The film begins with outlaw Bronson and his desperadoes attacking a coach in which Sinatra and Martin are traveling. The would-be robbers are beaten off, and Sinatra, who is carrying $100,000, is greatly...read more

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This disjointed riverboat western features Sinatra and Martin as a pair of rival con men who compete for control of the Texas port of Galveston in 1870. The film begins with outlaw Bronson and his desperadoes attacking a coach in which Sinatra and Martin are traveling. The would-be robbers

are beaten off, and Sinatra, who is carrying $100,000, is greatly relieved. But not for long. Martin steals the cash and takes it to Galveston, depositing it in a bank run by Buono, who has been backing Sinatra in his goal to become the city's gambling czar. However, when Sinatra arrives he is

attacked by Bronson, who is following Buono's orders. Martin joins the fracas and wounds Bronson. Then Sinatra converts an old riverboat into a lavish casino over which the Sinatra and Martin gangs feud. Buono hopes the two mobs will destroy each other so his own mob, led by Bronson, can take over

the riverboat. However, when Sinatra and Martin learn of Buono's plan, the two con men join forces to defeat Bronson's gang. The second half of the film is dominated by the presense of Ekberg and Andress, who play lady sharpers in the riverboat casino. Sinatra and Martin grin and grunt their way

through their sketchy characters, while Bronson is only a snarling prop, and Buono delivers a bad imitation of Sidney Greenstreet. Director Aldrich has done much better. This is just one more Sinatra "clan" effort, filled with self-indulgent and wasteful filmmaking. The story is weak, the lensing

erratic, Nelson Riddle's score a hodge-podge of disconnected melody.

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