Cast & Crew
In 1833, the border between the United States and Texas is closed by order of the Mexican president, General Antonio López de Santa Anna. New settlers are forbidden to complete their journey across the frontier, and taxes are levied in violation of the promises made to American settlers. Some settlers urge Mexican land grant holder, Stephen F. Austin, to call for Texas independence, but Austin stands by his pledge that American settlers in Texas would become Mexican citizens. As newlywed Texans Almerian and Anne Dickinson plan their future, Al receives a note from Austin urging him to be a delegate to a Texas convention in April. At the convention, Austin, William B. Travis, James Bowie, William H. Wharton, Al and the others debate their response to Santa Anna's edicts. Although they agree that some measure of independence is needed, Al convinces the delegates to negotiate before fighting. Austin is dispatched to Mexico City as the settlers' representative, but Santa Anna refuses to take their grievances seriously and orders Austin imprisoned for preaching insurrection. Months later, Austin is released when Santa Anna makes plans to invade the newly declared Republic of Texas. Austin and Wharton leave for the United States to seek aid for their cause, leaving Travis and Bowie to block the road to the northern settlements. After three months, Al suggests moving the depleted force to the more secure Alamo mission, and Davy Crockett arrives to join the fight. The battle commences on February 23, 1836. After a few days, Anne and her newborn baby Angelina sneak through the Mexican lines to join Al. Santa Anna orders the massacre of everyone remaining in the Alamo. When the defenders run out of ammunition, they resolve to sacrifice their lives, and Anne predicts that Texas will live on after them. On March 6, 1836, the defenders are awakened by the Mexican attack and perish in their fight. Santa Anna sends Anne, the lone survivor, north to tell the news to Sam Houston: Remember the Alamo!
This film was first released through the indie exchanges on August 6,1937. Columbia Pictures purchased the film in late 1937, re-did all of the advertising, posters and other related printed material and sent it out via their own distribution as a Columbia film on 17 February 1938. They also changed the billing order from that on the original print.
The film is dedicated "to the memory of the immortal Texans," one hundred and eighty-three Americans who fought and died at the Alamo on March 6, 1836. An onscreen note stated that "'The Yellow Rose of Texas' is used by special permission in this picture of the copyright owners, Mary Naggett Locke and William J. Mar, Fort Worth, TX." According to modern sources, the film was also titled Remember the Alamo. Modern sources include the following in the cast: Sherry Tansey, Denver Dixon, George Morrell, Tex Cooper, Oscar Gahan, Ben Corbett, Marlin Hasset, Bill McCall, Tex Phelps, Jack Evans, Tom Smith, Francis Walker, Bob Roper, Curley Dresden, Milburn Morante, Al Taylor, Hal Price, Herman Hack, Merrill McCormick, Carl Mathews, Fred Toones, Frank Ellis, Dick Cramer, Dorothy Vernon, Bud Buster and Slim Whitaker. According to a modern source, this film incorporated extensive footage from the 1926 film Davy Crockett at the Fall of the Alamo (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.1233).