Three Young Texans (Levin, 1954)

Three Young Texans (Henry Levin, 1954)

In a wooded moonlit area, a silhouetted figure rides his horse along the side of a train, engulfed in sight by the darkness and in sound by the rhythmic churning of the train. The mystery man creeps into the traincar, performs a quick and smooth robbery, and ditches out with little alarm. It doesn’t take long to figure out who the robber was, and it doesn’t take much longer to decipher why he did it. But the relational developments that result have a wealth of interesting depth and drive the story in directions that are unexpected yet completely unforced. In the two films I’ve seen from Levin he has no trouble creating people with visible flaws yet sympathetic personas without resorting to uneven presentation of his characters. Three Young Texans has a smaller scope, but it’s an honest depiction of some odd circumstances and very well done.  8.5/10

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