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In the movies of old, when everything was black and white, Texas was the playground of heroes. It made sense that “the Texan” was such a stolid archetype of the silent film era, because the Texans didn’t have much to say, or any real need to say it. They were the strong, capable cowboys who patrolled the lonesome scrub, relied upon to shoot the bandit and rescue the most vulnerable nearby woman without making a big fuss about it. Their dance cards didn’t leave much room for inner lives. Most of those guys—and they were always guys—didn’t even have names. Often, they were just called Tex.The earliest Texas movies were a lot of fun, but they were mostly filler. They weren’t exactly going to win…
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