Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven (1948)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy Western  |   Release Date - Jul 16, 1948 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 76 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by 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.