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Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven
     

Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven

Director: William Castle, Michael Gordon

Cast: Guy Madison, Diana Lynn

 

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Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven deserves a historical footnote as director William Castle's only comedy western. Future Wild Bill Hickok star Guy Madison plays Eddie Taylor, a lonesome cowboy who falls in love with city-gal Perry Dunkin (Diana Lynn). The couple "meets cute" in Brooklyn, where the two have migrated to seek their fortunes. The plot veers into

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Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven deserves a historical footnote as director William Castle's only comedy western. Future Wild Bill Hickok star Guy Madison plays Eddie Taylor, a lonesome cowboy who falls in love with city-gal Perry Dunkin (Diana Lynn). The couple "meets cute" in Brooklyn, where the two have migrated to seek their fortunes. The plot veers into Runyonesque territory as Eddie tries to write the Great American Play, while Perry "adopts" pickpocket Mandy (Florence Bates) to pose as her mother. The loosely structured storyline permits several entertaining diversions, including a trip to Coney Island and a wild episode at a Brooklyn riding academy which hero and heroine have been conned into purchasing. Audie Murphy makes his second film appearance in a near-microscopic role. Based on a Saturday Evening Post story by Barry Benefield, Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven was released in England as The Girl From Texas.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
"Zany" is a comedic quality that can't simply be manufactured, as the strained Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven amply demonstrates. Texas certainly tries hard for zaniness, but the result at best is silliness and all too often is simply dull. Certainly a great deal of the problem lies with the screenplay, which confuses being loosely plotted with being random and haphazard. Still, a decent film can be created from a jumbled plot, but only if the writer comes up with some captivating characters and bring them to life through dialogue that surprises. That's simply not the case here; what we get instead is pretty stock characters in pretty stock situations spouting stock words and phrases. Director William Castle would later exert some creativity in his horror films, but here there's little inventiveness to his work; it's strictly by the book. What Texas does have is a very game cast. Granted, Guy Madison is fairly wooden, but he's at least easy on the eyes. Even easier on the eyes and a much better actor is Diana Lynn, who does as much as she can with the material she's given. The supporting cast includes such troupers as Margaret Hamilton, Irene Ryan, Lionel Stander and Florence Bates, who bring their unique talents to the project.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/09/2015
UPC:
0644827323029
Original Release:
1948
Source:
Nostalgia Family
Sales rank:
33,735

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Performance Credits
Guy Madison Eddie Taylor
Diana Lynn Perry Dunklin
James Dunn Mike
Lionel Stander The Bellhop
Florence Bates Mandy
Michael Chekhov Gaboolian
Margaret Hamilton Ruby Cheever
Irene Ryan Opal Cheever
Colin Campbell MacWirther
Clem Bevans Capt. Bjorn
Roscoe Karns Carmody
William Frawley The Agent
Alvin Hammer Bernie
Erskine Sanford Dr. Dunson
James Burke Cop
Guy Wilkerson Thibault
Audie Murphy Copy Boy
Tom Dugan Bartender
Moyna MacGill Pearl Cheever
Frank Scannell Barker
John Gallaudet McGonical
Jo Gilbert Lady
Ralph Peters Cop on phone
Dewey Robinson Sergeant
Mary Treen Wife
Herb Vigran Man in subway
Jesse White Customer
Charles Williams Reporter

Technical Credits
William Castle Director
Michael Gordon Director
Mel Burns Makeup
Ervin Drake Songwriter
Robert Golden Producer
William C. Mellor Cinematographer
Lewis Meltzer Screenwriter
James Newcom Editor
Emil Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Jerome Pycha Art Director
Lewis Rachmil Associate Producer
George Sawley Set Decoration/Design

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