Texas: 1917 Ranch Dressing
No wonder Mae West envied Texas Guinan.
• • In 1917, while Mae was getting fired from one Broadway comedy after another, Texas was building a resume of one successful "ranch romance" after another. Proving that she could shoot, ride, and project charisma onscreen even in a stark black-and-white silent movie, risk-taker Texas Guinan starred in "Outwitted," released by Reelcraft Pictures Corp. in 1917. The "Queen of the West" had no challengers then - - and still doesn't.
• • When Madonna dons her cowpoke hat to play Texas in "Hello, Suckers," get out the handkerchief, pardners.
• • photo: Texas Guinan  • Reelcraft Pictures Corp.