4 for Texas was Dean's 4th Western (of 10) and is straight out of what I call the 60's Hollywood Pulp Era - also possible called the Bimbo Era. LoL! It's a shameless bit of fluff for sure, but is smart enough to not take itself seriously. Hell! it has the 3 Stooges in it!! I almost want to skip past it Western-wise, but it still has so many unique features and people (Stars) from that era (mainly Frank and Dean) that I'm still give it a look. Let's consider it a 'Sociological Study'.
I think it's better in Italian.
Yet another puzzler: just as I was surprised to see John Sturges Direct Sergeants 3, I was equally stunned to see Robert Aldrich Directing 4 for Texas! Why? because Aldrich has also previously Directed Film Classics: Apache (1954) with Burt Lancaster, Vera Cruz (1954) with Lancaster and Gary Cooper, The Flight of the Phoenix (1965), Ulzana's Raid (1972) with Lancaster again - and a several other notable films. Yet also Directed some pretty cheesy stuff like the Dirty Dozen (1967) and The Longest Yard (1974). But, for me, it just doesn't seem to fit? Anyway ...
To get us started, how about some other opinions / Reviews?
"11%"??? Wow! Pass the popcorn.
IMDB is more generous. Maybe it thought this was a documentary?
Here's some other IMDB Viewer Review snippets:
"Testosterone Driven Men ... a much reduced Rat Pack film ..."
"Bloated star vehicle ... With the exception of the opening 15 minutes, the film is almost totally devoid of fun ... lifeless, self indulgent and lacking in fun or wit ..."
"... it is singularly unmemorable ... a comedy-western that's not particularly funny or all that exciting ..."
"A 60's comedy-western very much of its era"
"... unlikely that anyone but hard core fans of the stars will want to revisit."
"Two for Texas, Two Against Texas Equals Zero"
"Unless you're a Rat Packer, skip "Four For Texas."
Wooooo ! My ears are ringing.
So if you think you's like to watch this, consider yourself warned.
But Hey ! this thing made money. 3 years later Dean made Texas Across the River with Rat Packer Joey Bishop.
Is there anything more beautiful than a Riverboat?
Was there any Actress worse than Ursula Andress?