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Hollywood Cowboy (1937)

Passed  -  Action | Adventure | Romance  -  28 May 1937 (USA)
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Just after Kramer goes to Wyoming to start his protection racket, cowboy actor Jeff Carson finishes a picture and goes camping. Attracted to Joyce Butler, he hires on at her ranch and ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cecilia Parker ...
Maude Eburne ...
Joe Caits ...
Frank Milan ...
Westbrook Courtney
'Doc' Kramer
Lee Shumway ...
Walter De Palma ...
Rolfe Metzger, the Pilot
Al Hill ...
Henchman Camby
William Royle ...
Al Herman ...
Henchman Steger
Frank Hagney ...
Dan Wolheim ...
Slim Balch ...
Ranch hand Slim
Sid Jordan ...
Ranch hand Morgan


Just after Kramer goes to Wyoming to start his protection racket, cowboy actor Jeff Carson finishes a picture and goes camping. Attracted to Joyce Butler, he hires on at her ranch and quickly gets caught up in Butler's conflict with Kramer. When the Butlers refuse to buy his service, he has their cattle stampeded. Written by Maurice VanAuken <>

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The story of a "make-believe" hero whose cast iron fist made the range racketeers see movie "stars." See more »


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Release Date:

28 May 1937 (USA)  »

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Looking for Trouble  »

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(RCA High Fidelity Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The shiny aluminum (alclad) tandem open cockpit monoplane flown by Lester Dorr is a Ryan ST. See more »


Edited into Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (1976) See more »

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Gene Autry Western with Better Star and No Songs
29 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hollywood COWBOY George O'Brien does battle with carpetbagging gangsters from the city who are trying to set up a protection racket in Wyoming. Can O'Brien beat the gangsters (led by "Ming the Merciless", Charles Middleton) with their airplanes and tommy-guns, with just a six-shooter and a sidekick named Shakespare trying to avoid a divorce subpoena?

OK, the plot here, with the odd combination of the current day and old fashioned western action, is more than passing strange, but it does have the advantage of being something different. George O'Brien (the lead in F.W. Murnau's Sunrise and Michael Curtiz's Noah's Arc) also is several acting leagues above the average western star. As a result, the film is a bit better than average for a B, particularly as O'Brien does not take his role particularly seriously, and always seems about to burst out laughing at the absurdity of it all. What might be a problem for the B western fan is that there is no pleasant western music (sorry Autey, Rogers and Ritter fans), nor is there a lot of typical western action (sorry Tom Mix fans). Instead, the better parts of the movie are played for laughs, and the action scenes appear to have been lifted from more expensive dramas.

The result is OK, with almost a Wild Wild West feel, but it is a dead end as far as a genre film is concerned. (How can you do a series of films, when the lead characters seem invested in the absurdity of the whole enterprise?) It's probably not surprising that later westerns done by O'Brien for RKO are more serious.

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