Three Young Texans (1954)

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Two cowhands fall for their boss' daughter but due to a gambling incident one gets involved with 2 hoods in robbing a payroll train.


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25 March 2020 | ma-cortes
| Average Western about three young Texas become involved into robbing , fights and shootouts
This one is a cheap Western mostly shot in Durango , Colorado , where during the 40s , 50s and 60s were filmed several oaters . There is action and shootouts but no too much , but the little action sequences are effective enough . Sizzling and exciting adventure Western with drama , frantic action , romance and moving ending shoot'em up . Two cowhands : Keefe Brasselle , Jeffrey Hunter as good friends to Mitzi Gaynor , and both of whom fall in love for her . But due to a gambling incident , Hunter's father is threatened ; after that, one of them gets involved with crooks in robbing a payroll train . Living! Loving! Fighting!

A Western drama about three young friends with dramatic moments , noisy action , shootouts , crosses, a love story , luxurious photography by Harold Lipstein and a highly commendable musical score . Simple and plain Western with no much interest about a Texan who robs a train in , his friend , and a young girl who attempts to help him after learning about the theft. Bursting with attractive characters , interesting sub-plots , and with a passable filmmaking , but mediocre . This was one of several movies , financed by 20th Century Fox , supported by Leonard Goldstein's Panoramic Productions , but made at the RKO-Pathé studio. This stirring and thrilling western with thrills , brawls , go riding and lots of gunfire , being starred by a very young trio : Mitzi Gaynor , Jeffrey Hunter , Keefe Brasselle . Stars the always sympathetic Mitzi Gaynor , leading lady of light musicals , the bright-eyed Gaynor is best remembered for ¨Les Girls¨,¨There's no business as show business¨, ¨Surprise Package¨ , and especially "South Pacific". She also hosted a string of successful annual musical TV specials in the late 1960s and early 1970s . Co-starred by the unknown Keefe Brasselle as a cowboy friend who demands a share of the money , along with Jeffrey Hunter as the young cowpoke who efforts to prevent his father from committing a crime . Hunter played starring roles in two more John Ford movies as the classic The Searchers , and The last Hurrah ; in 1960 , Hunter had one of his best roles in Hell to Eternity (1960) , the true story of World War II hero Guy Gabaldon . That same year, Hunter landed the role for which he is probably best known , when he played Jesus in producer Samuel Bronston's King of Kings (1961), which due to Hunter's still youthful looks at 33, was dubbed by irreverent Hollywood wags "I Was a Teenage Jesus." After the cancellation of his Western series Temple Houston (1963), and his decision not to continue in the lead role of the current series Star Trek (1966) , his career took a downturn , and Hunter eventually wound up in Europe working on cheap Westerns, at the time a sure sign of a career in trouble . In 1969, Hunter suffered a stroke (after just recovering from an earlier stroke), took a bad fall and underwent emergency surgery, but died from complications of both the fall and the surgery. They are well accompanied by a good cast , such as : Morris Ankrum , Michael Ansara , Frank Wilcox , Helen Wallace , some uncredited as Tex Driscoll , Jack Kenny, and special appearance by Aaron Spelling , subsequently a powerful TV producer , here playing a nasty gunfighter .

The motion picture shot in Colorado was regularly directed by Henry Levin , though I has some flaws and gaps . Levin began working as a director assistant and dialogue expert and subsequently graduated to direction features , and turned out movies in just about every genre over the next decades ; shooting entertaining pictures but more and less completely familiar and derivative stories . His heyday was in the 1960s , when he turned out several bright , fun and frothy sex comedies , notably : Come fly with me (1963) and Honeymoon hotel (1964) . He made several adventure movies as Genghis Khan , The wonderful world of Grimm Brothers , The bandit of Sherwood forest , The return of Montecristo and his greatest success : Journey to center of earth . Although Levin's forte was light comedies , one of his most interesting films were two dark , brooding westerns The Lonely Man (1957) and Desperados , both of of them played by Jack Palance . He also made two hit thrillers : Matt Helm and The Ambushers . He finished his career piloting made-for-television movies, and died on the final day of shooting Scout's Honor (1980) . Rating : 5/10 . Middling film , a regular Western for Western lovers only .

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