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					Heroes of the
   By Shayan Oraee
• Directed by:

• Harry L. Fraser

• Produced by:

• Anthony J. Xydias

• Written by:

• Roby Wentz
■   Bruce Warren ... Capt. Al Dickinson

■   Ruth Findlay ... Anne Dickinson

■   Earle Hodgins ... Stephen F. Austin

■   Lane Chandler ... Col. Davy Crockett

■   Roger Williams ... Col. Jim Bowie

■   Rex Lease ... Col. William B. Travis

■   Jack C. Smith ... William H. Wharton

■   Lee Valanios ... Col. James Bonham

■   Edward Peil Sr. ... Gen. Sam Houston

■   Julian Rivero ... Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna

■   Willy Castello ... Gen. Martín Perfecto de Cos

■   Paul Ellis ... Gen. Castillion

• 1937

• Xydias was a part of many western silent films in the early 1900’s and wanted
  to convert them in “talkies”

•   Unlike other Alamo films that concentrate on Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, the main protagonists are
    Almaron (Bruce Warren) and Susanna Dickinson (Ruth Findlay) and their daughter Angelina (Marilyn
    Haslett). The film gives a fictionalised fast moving account of the restriction on American emigration to
    Texas, the arrest of Stephen F. Austin by Santa Anna (Julian Rivero), Sam Houston (Edward Piel)
    appointed General to build the army of Texas, and Dickinson's participation in both the Battle of
    Gonzales and the Battle of the Alamo.

•   This was the last film Xydias produced. When World War II broke out he was in the Philippines and was
    interned by the Japanese.

•   In early spring of 1833, the smoldering resentment of American settlers in Texas against their oppression by Mexico dictator General
    Santa Anna/Ana coming to a head. When a decree is issued that no more Americans may enter Texas, William H. Wharton, fiery
    head of a faction determined on independence or nothing, warns Stephen F. Austin that the time for half-measures is past. Austin,
    responsible for bringing the Americans to Texas as colonists, reminds Wharton that a settler's revolt against Mexico would dishonor
    his name and the arrangements he had with the Mexican government. He gets the "Whartonites" to agree to a general convention of
    all colonists. Almerian Dickinson, biggest land owner in the settlement of Gonzales, deeply in love with his wife Anne, warns Wharton
    that a bloody revolt would endanger every wife and mother in the colony. He proposes they send Austin to Mexico City to ask Santa
    Anna to grant Texans a voice in their own government. After months in Mexico City of waiting to see Santa Anna, Austin is granted a
    mock interview and then arrested and thrown into a dungeon. In Texas, the months pass with no news from Austin and Wharton goes
    to work in earnest in early 1835 to fan the fires of revolution. Santa Anna decides to march troops north and finish off the rebel
    "gringos" - a description that only came later in the conflict - once and for all, and frees Austin to serve as an example. The Texans,
    under Dickinson and William Barrett Travis, send the advance Mexican troops back across the border in retreat. Austin goes for help
    from the United States, and the Texans fortify themselves at the old Alamo mission in Bejar with Travis in command. And one
    February morning, his scouts bring news that Santa Anna is coming with an army of 5,000 men. Anne Dickinson takes her baby, rides
    for Bejar (San Antonio), slips through the Mexican lines and joins her husband in the beleaguered fort to his mingled joy and horror.
    The Mexican troops storm the walls day after day but are thrown back by the 183 defenders. At dawn, March 6, 1836, Santa Anna
    orders the buglers to sound the "deguello" (No quarter) and the final assault begins.
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