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The Cowboy Millionaire (1935)

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Englishwoman falls for dude ranch cowboy but goes back to England when she thinks he's only pretending. But he follows her to England.



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Complete credited cast:
Bob Walker
Evalyn Bostock ...
Pamela Barclay
Edgar Kennedy ...
Willy Persimmon Bates
Maude Allen ...
Henrietta Barclay
Stephen Chase ...
Hadley Thornton (as Alden Chase)
Daniel Jarrett ...
Edward Doyle (as Dan Jarrett)
Lloyd Ingraham ...
Ben Barclay
Dean Benton ...
Desk Clerk
Thomas A. Curran ...
Mr. Nolan, Hotel Manager (as Thomas Curran)


Bob and Persimmon's job on a dude ranch is to fake a stage holdup for new arrivals. When the trio of Pamela, Henrietta, and Hadley arrive from England, Bob takes an interest in Pamela while Hadley makes plans to con Bob and Persimmon out of their gold mine. Written by Maurice VanAuken <>

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ONCE A COWBOY - ALWAYS A SCRAPPER! Flung into the net of swanky society, struggling for his life, the only law he knows is 'the law of hair-trigger action!' See more »


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25 April 1935 (USA)  »

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Das gelbe Gift  »

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Oh she's alright, just too much money, that's all".
17 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's not unusual that this old Western doesn't have any other reviews as I write this. It's a 1935 oater starring George O'Brien you'll find in a neat collection of two hundred fifty films from Mill Creek Entertainment, and probably nowhere else. As formulaic as these programmers could be, this one has more than a few elements that make it not only interesting, but entertaining as well.

Owners of a still unworked gold mine, Bob Walker (O'Brien) and partner Persimmon Bates (Edgar Kennedy) hire out for a hotel owner greeting rich tourists by stagecoach and performing an all purpose hold-up to get folks into the spirit of the Old West. This time around it's an English socialite traveling with her mother and business manager Hadley Thornton (Alden Chase). Failing to make a good first impression on Pamela Barclay (Evalyn Bostock), Walker spends the rest of the picture trying to repair the damage and win over the English beauty.

I must say, it was unusual to see Edgar Kennedy in this flick, the first time I've seen him in a Weatern, and it was a treat. He brings the same mannerisms to his role here that he did in repeated team-ups of the era with Laurel and Hardy. In fact, you'll hear one of those familiar L&H tunes in the early going when Pamela arrives at the hotel minus one shoe. That was a cool touch.

For his part, it looks like O'Brien has a routine worked out with his horse 'Mike', playing the runaway when Miss Barclay tries teaching him a lesson for the opening stagecoach gambit. If Mike had a better agent, he might have been listed in the credits the way Trigger and Champion used to be, but this was an earlier era.

The greatest departure this picture takes from your standard horse opera is when they take the action all the way to London to close out the attempted mine swindle. In the process, Walker chases down Miss Barclay and makes the save when she's hijacked by one of Thornton's henchmen. I can't imagine how they could afford to film this on location in London just to round out that portion of the story. But it certainly works, and it's definitely different to see the hero dodging city traffic instead of bullets. One thing that's not different though is the way the picture winds up. The cowboy hero gets the girl, and closes out the show with a big smooch for your typical happy ending.

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