The Lady from Texas (1951)

Genres - Comedy, Western  |   Release Date - Sep 1, 1951 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 77 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Mona Freeman plays Bonnie Lee, who is--surprise!--not the Lady from Texas in this well-constructed Universal western. A lowly kitchen helper at a large ranch, Bonnie seeks the aid of self-styled do-gooder Dan Mason (Howard Duff). It seems that Bonnie's elderly friend Miss Birdie (Josephine Hull) is in danger of being victimized by villains Cyril and Mabel Guthrie (Craig Stevens, Barbara Knudson). Mason is reluctant to help out until he gets to know Miss Birdie, a feisty Civil War widow who refuses to believe that her husband has been dead these 20 years. Guthrie tries to have Miss Birdie declared incompetent so that he can claim her land, but Mason isn't about to let that happen. Thus it is that Josephine Hull, fresh from her Oscar win for Harvey, is the titular Lady from Texas, even though she's contractually consigned to third billing.

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claim-jumpers, courtroom, cowboy, craziness, homestead, injustice, lady, land-scheme, land-war, ranch, rescue, sympathy, trial [courtroom], understanding, victim