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Cowboy from Brooklyn (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Sport | 9 July 1938 (USA)
An actor can only get a radio job if he can prove that he's an authentic cowboy.

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Elly Jordan, aka Wyoming Steve Gibson
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Jane Hardy
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Sam Thorne
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Maxine Chadwick
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Ma Hardy
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Prof. Landis
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Mr. 'Pops' Jordan
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Abby Pitts
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Panthea Landis
May Boley ...
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Brooklyn crooner Elly Jordan and his bandmates end up broke at a Wyoming dude ranch run by Jane Hardy. Singing for his supper there, Elly is heard by Broadway booker Roy Chadwick, who mistakes him for a genuine cowboy and decides to make him a star. The fact that Elly is terrified of animals (including horses) and doesn't know the first thing about the West makes his big break tough to pull off. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Cowboy de Asfalto  »

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The radio amateur hour was a spoof of radio program "Major Bowes' Original Amateur Hour", which was very popular at the time. It is chiefly noted for the discovery of Frank Sinatra. See more »

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Jane Hardy: Say, you're late for your lesson.
Elly Jordan, aka Wyoming Steve Gibson: Yeah, well a couple of chickens had me cornered by the barn down there.
Jane Hardy: Cornered?
Elly Jordan, aka Wyoming Steve Gibson: Yeah, I was on the way up and coming around the barn, there were those doggone chickens and they wouldn't let me by.
Jane Hardy: Too bad you don't carry a gun, you could've shot your way out.
Elly Jordan, aka Wyoming Steve Gibson: Well now, heck, Jane, that's nothing to kid a fella about. You should've seen the dirty looks they were giving me.
Pat Dunn: Now listen Roy, are we gonna die laying down?
Roy Chadwick: Somebody figure out a new way to do it?
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Featured in For Auld Lang Syne (1938) See more »

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Home on the Range
Music by Daniel E. Kelley (1904)
Lyrics by Brewster M. Higley (1873)
Played on guitar and sung in part by Dick Foran three times
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No wonder Dick Powell longed to change his screen image...
11 January 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

During his early Warner career, DICK POWELL found himself playing the leading juvenile role over and over, sometimes with pleasant results. HARD TO GET ('38) with Olivia de Havilland at least showcased him in a daffy, colorful comedy role that he handled adeptly and had only a couple of songs to sing. It was really one of the best among his brash Warner roles.

But COWBOY FROM BROOKLYN is pretty thin stuff, even for Dick Powell fans and pretty hard to swallow, even with a cast that includes PAT O'BRIEN, PRISCILLA LANE, RONALD REAGAN and ANN SHERIDAN, none of them seen advantageously, particularly Reagan and Sheridan in minor roles.

It's a musical about a singer (DICK POWELL) who must pretend to be an authentic cowhand for the sake of landing a job on a dude ranch run by PRISCILLA LANE. PAT O'BRIEN is a manager who discovers Powell and thinks he's an authentic cowboy he can use in his rodeo. The zany plot takes it from there with the mistaken identity theme in full gear.

A book on Warner films gives a brief rundown of the film as described by N.Y. Times critic, Bosley Crowther: "A piteously frail satirical idea." Nuff said.

Fans of any of the above stars are likely to agree with Crowther. I know I did. Some of the musical moments are pleasant enough, but not enough to compensate for the silly plot, culminating in a hypnotized Powell able to overcome his fear of animals long enough to get a film producer to sign him to a contract.

Trivia note: That's JEFFREY LYNN in a bit role as a reporter with one line to speak--and JAMES STEPHENSON as the hypnotist.


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