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Under A Texas Moon (1930)

Film poster
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Written by Gordon Rigby
based on the Novel by Stewart Edward White
Starring Frank Fay
Raquel Torres
Myrna Loy
Noah Beery
Music by Ray Perkins
Cinematography William Rees (Technicolor)
Editing by Ralph Dawson
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) April 1, 1930
Running time 82 min.
Country  United States
Language English

Under A Texas Moon is a 1930 musical western film photographed entirely in Technicolor. It was based on the novel Two-Gun Man (from 1929) which was written by Stewart Edward White. It was the second all-color all-talking feature to be filmed entirely outdoors as well as being the second western in color. The film features one theme song by the title of "Under A Texas Moon."


Cast (in credits order)


The film survives as a single nitrate Technicolor print, faithfully copied by UCLA. The Technicolor gives the film a rich and glowing look. The whites are pearly, the reds rich and earthy, lending gorgeous close-ups of sun tanned female cast members.


New York Latinos led by Gonzalo González protested the film, characterizing it as "anti-Mexican." Police brutalized the picketers, killing González. The murder sparked a Pan-Latino protest, in which the Latino civil rights activist Luisa Moreno participated. She later told Bert Corona that the experience "motivated her to work on behalf of unifying the Spanish-speaking communities."[1]


  1. ^ García, Mario T. (1994). Memories of Chicano History: The Life and Narrative of Bert Corona. Berkeley, California: University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-20152-3.  

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