THE ALAMO-a 1960 John Wayne and Richard Widmark Movie

THE ALAMO 1960

Ready for a Great Movie? This is one of the Best. And the Action is rough and tough. Being sent or sending others into the Face of Bullets coming right at you isn’t a great thought. But War is not a pretty thing.

But man has done just that in one War after another. And in the Movie, Talk about a whole lot of People on the Payroll! Just think the camaraderie and Drinking and Eating and telling Tales all of These Actors had while making this Movie. And the long lines just to feed everyone. It had to be a fun adventure. A Fun Movie to do.

But is the Movie Accurate? I don’t know. I’ve read various Reports about how these Historical Figures Fought and Died. But die they did for a Belief in Relief of a cruel Man. So, they Revolted. And the rest is History.

But this is a fun Movie to Watch and SO! Pop a big bag of Popcorn and sit and Enjoy! But try a glimpse of that amazing History about the Great State of Texas as this is one of the most Important Battles ever fought here in Texas.

In 1836, the Mexican army, led by

General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna

https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/santa-anna-antonio-lopez-de

General Santa Anna, is invading Texas. Hoping to create a diversion for Santa Anna’s forces, General Sam Houston (Richard Boone) orders Colonel William B. Travis (Laurence Harvey), joined by Colonels Jim Bowie (Richard Widmark) and Davy Crockett (John Wayne), to lead a small, heroic band of American and Texican fighters in a resistance battle at the Alamo mission. The carnage at the Alamo further spurs the Republic of Texas toward freedom.

MOVIE CAST-

  • John Wayne as Col. Davy Crockett, a larger-than-life legend from Tennessee who arrives at the Alamo bringing a band of fellow adventurers to the fight.
  • Richard Widmark as Col. Jim Bowie, a legendary figure like Crockett, who shares command of the Alamo with William Travis, but bears ultimate authority only over his volunteer group.
  • Laurence Harvey as Col. William Barrett Travis, who shares command of the Alamo garrison with Bowie, but has ultimate authority over the regular soldiers.
  • Frankie Avalon as Smitty, the youngest of the Alamo defenders, and one of Crockett’s Tennesseans.
  • Patrick Wayne as Capt. James Butler Bonham, a Texan officer sent out with an appeal for help.
  • Linda Cristal as Graciela Carmela Maria ‘Flaca’ de Lopez y Vejar, a young woman whom Crockett saves from forced marriage.
  • Joan O’Brien as Mrs. Sue Dickinson, wife of Captain Almaron Dickinson and cousin of Col. William Travis, who refuses to leave the fort with her young daughter.
  • Chill Wills as Beekeeper, one of Crockett’s colorful Tennesseans.
  • Joseph Calleia as Juan Seguin, a San Antonio political figure who leads Mexican volunteers to help defend the Alamo.
  • Ken Curtis as Capt. Almaron Dickinson, Travis’s aide-de-camp.
  • Carlos Arruza as Lt. Reyes, an officer of Santa Anna’s army, sent to demand the surrender of the fort.
  • Jester Hairston as Jethro, Jim Bowie’s loyal slave.
  • Veda Ann Borg as Blind Nell Robertson, the wife of Alamo defender Jocko Robertson.
  • John Dierkes as Jocko Robertson, Nell’s husband, and a Tennessean, though not one of Crockett’s band, but of Bowie’s band.
  • Denver Pyle as Thimblerig (the Gambler), one of Crockett’s Tennessee volunteers.
  • Aissa Wayne as Lisa Dickinson, the daughter of Almaron and Sue Dickinson.
  • Hank Worden as Parson, one of Crockett’s Tennessee volunteers.
  • Bill Henry as Dr. Sutherland, the garrison physician.
  • Bill Daniel as Col. Neill, an officer in the Texas army, and an adviser to Sam Houston.
  • Wesley Lau as Emil Sande, a corrupt San Antonio businessman who attempts to force Flaca into marriage.
  • Chuck Roberson as a Tennessean, one of Crockett’s volunteers.
  • Guinn Williams as Lt. “Irish” Finn, one of Bowie’s volunteers.
  • Olive Carey as Mrs. Dennison, one of the women evacuated from the Alamo before the battle.
  • Big John Hamilton as Bowie’s man (uncredited)
  • Ruben Padilla as Generalissimo Antonio Miguel Lopez de Santa Anna, the dictatorial president of Mexico and leader of the army intent on putting down the Texas revolution.
  • Richard Boone as General Sam Houston, leader of the Texas army, who hopes the stand at the Alamo will gain him time to gather troops to repel Santa Anna’s forces.
  • Rosita Fernández as Cantina Girl (uncredited)
  • Jack Pennick
  • Rudy Robbins
  • Finis Dean Smith

https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/alamo-battle-of-the

Painting, “Dawn at the Alamo,” by Henry Arthur McArdle, hanging in the Senate Chamber of the Texas State Capitol in Austin.

THE BATTLE OF THE ALAMO

The siege and the final assault on the Alamo in 1836 constitute the most celebrated military engagement in Texas history. The battle was conspicuous for the large number of illustrious personalities among its combatants. These included Tennessee congressman David Crockett, entrepreneur-adventurer James Bowie, and Mexican president Antonio López de Santa Anna. Although not nationally famous at the time, William Barret Travis achieved lasting distinction as commander at the Alamo. 

And to appreciate this whole event of The Alamo, reading about it may help you understand the significance.

But John Wayne and other Hollywood Greats got together for a reenactment of this infamous Battle-

Just “click” on Watch on YouTube above to WATCH THE entire Movie.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Alamo_(1960_film)

The Alamo is a 1960 American epic historical war film about the 1836 Battle of the Alamo produced and directed by John Wayne and starring Wayne as Davy Crockett. The picture also stars Richard Widmark as Jim Bowie and Laurence Harvey as William B. Travis, and the supporting cast features Frankie AvalonPatrick WayneLinda CristalJoan O’BrienChill WillsJoseph CalleiaKen Curtis, Ruben Padilla as Santa Anna, and Richard Boone as Sam Houston. The motion picture was photographed in 70 mm Todd-AO by William H. Clothier and released by United Artists.

The Alamo
1960 theatrical poster by Reynold Brown
Directed byJohn Wayne
Written byJames Edward Grant
Produced byJohn Wayne
StarringJohn Wayne
Richard Widmark
Laurence Harvey
CinematographyWilliam H. Clothier
Edited byStuart Gilmore
Music byDimitri Tiomkin
Production
companies
The Alamo Company
United Artists
Batjac Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release dateOctober 24, 1960
Running time202 min. (roadshow version); 167 min. (general release version)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$12 million est.[1]
Box office$20 million (US/ Canada)[2]

The film depicts the Battle of the Alamo and the events leading up to it. Sam Houston leads the forces of Texas against Mexico and needs time to build an army. The opposing Mexican forces, led by General Santa Anna, are numerically stronger as well as better-armed and -trained. Nevertheless, the Texans have spirit and morale remains generally high. Lieutenant Colonel William Travis is tasked with defending the Alamo, a former mission in San AntonioJim Bowie comes with reinforcements and the defenders prepare. Meanwhile, Davy Crockett arrives with a group of Tennesseans.

Santa Anna‘s armies arrive and surround the fort. The siege begins. An embassy from the Mexican Army approaches the Alamo, and as they list the terms of surrender, Travis fires a cannon, signalling his refusal to surrender. In a nighttime raid, the Texans sabotage a super-sized cannon used by the Mexicans. They maintain high hopes as they are told a strong force led by Colonel James Fannin is on its way to break the siege. Crockett, however, sensing an imminent attack, sends one of his younger men, Smitty, to ask Houston for help, knowing this will perhaps save Smitty’s life.

The Mexicans frontally attack the Alamo. The defenders hold out and inflict heavy losses on the Mexicans, although the Texans’ own losses are not insignificant, and Bowie sustains a leg wound. Morale drops when a messenger informs Travis that Fannin’s reinforcements have been ambushed and slaughtered by the Mexicans. Travis chooses to stay with his command and defend the Alamo, but he gives the other defenders the option of leaving. Crockett, Bowie and their men prepare to leave, but an inspired tribute by Travis convinces them to stay and fight to the end. The noncombatants, including most of the women and children, leave the Alamo.

On the thirteenth day of the siege, Santa Anna’s artillery bombards the Alamo, and the entire Mexican army sweeps forward, attacking on all sides. The defenders kill numerous Mexicans, but the attack is overwhelming and the fortress’ walls are breached. Travis tries to rally the men, but is shot and killed. Crockett leads the Texans in the final defense of the fort, but the Mexicans swarm through and overwhelm the defenders. Crockett is killed in the chaos when he is run through by a lance and then blown up as he ignites the powder magazine. Bowie, in bed with his wound, kills several Mexicans but is bayoneted and dies. As the last Texan is killed, the Mexican soldiers discover the hiding place of the wife and child of Texan defender Captain Dickinson.

The battle eventually ends with a total victory for the Mexicans. Santa Anna observes the carnage and provides safe passage for Mrs. Dickinson and her child. Smitty returns too late, watching from a distance. He takes off his hat in respect and then escorts Mrs. Dickinson away from the battlefield.

The subplot follows the conflict existing among the strong-willed personalities of Travis, Bowie, and Crockett. Travis stubbornly defends his decisions as commander of the garrison against the suggestions of the other two – particularly Bowie with whom the most bitter conflict develops – as well as trying to maintain discipline among a force made up primarily of independently minded frontiersmen and settlers. Crockett, well liked by both Bowie and Travis, eventually becomes a mediator between the other two as Bowie constantly threatens to withdraw his men rather than deal with Travis. Despite their personal conflicts, all three learn to subordinate their differences, and in the end, bind themselves together in an act of bravery to defend the fort against inevitable defeat.

https://www.mysanantonio.com/150years/article/This-is-the-oldest-known-photo-of-Texas-and-the-6442923.php an 1849 picture!

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Enjoy! And if you are contemplating visiting Texas, Do it. We got lots of places to come and see and we’ll even let you eat some of our Best Meals of Rattlesnake Meat. Or sweet Cherry Red Cactus Bulbs. There’s lots of things to come see.

World’s Biggest Collection of Cowboy Spurs is in Gatesville, Texas at their Downtown Museum. But lots of secret things are here like Jim Bowie’s Lost Mine near Bend, Texas. Or the Tequilla Monster at Lake Somerville that keeps drowning unsuspecting swimmers. Some suspect it is a 20′ alligator or something prehistoric.