Sunday Story Ratings #37: Three-Ten to Yuma


Three-Ten to Yuma by Elmore Leonard

Originally published March 1953 in Dime Western; this edition 1995

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Collected in: Hard-Boiled: An Anthology of American Crime Stories (ed. Bill Pronzini & Jack Adrian)



(V, D, L)

Some violence {M}

Drug use {PG} {tobacco}

Some coarse language {PG}




All characters male; a wife and children of unspecified gender are mentioned for off-screen.


Only implicit in the existence of the aforementioned marriage.

Race & Ethnicity:

One character references having got his start with the law tracking Apaches. All characters appearing in the story are unmarked US residents.

Disability, Physical Diversity and Health:

No mention.


None found.


I was quite surprised to see the title when I turned the page, but unlike the last one, I enjoyed this story a lot. Very nice build of tension throughout. Thinking I should take a look at the various film versions and see how they compare. Probably should put Elmore Leonard on my reading tour list.