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Ride 'Em Cowboy (1942)

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Two peanut vendors at a rodeo show get in trouble with their boss and hide out on a railroad train heading west. They get jobs as cowboys on a dude ranch, despite the fact that neither of ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Dick Foran ...
Bronco Bob Mitchell
Anne Gwynne ...
Anne Shaw
Alabam' Brewster
Judd McMichael ...
Tom (as The Merry Macs)
Ted McMichael ...
Harry (as The Merry Macs)
Joe McMichael ...
Dick (as The Merry Macs)
Mary Lou Cook ...
Dotty Davis (as The Merry Macs)
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Sam Shaw
Jake Rainwater
Morris Ankrum ...
Ace Anderson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chief Yowlachie ...


Two peanut vendors at a rodeo show get in trouble with their boss and hide out on a railroad train heading west. They get jobs as cowboys on a dude ranch, despite the fact that neither of them knows anything about cowboys, horses, or anything else. Written by Anonymous

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13 February 1942 (USA)  »

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Ride 'Em Cowboy  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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In the train car on the way to the dude ranch, Willoughby (Lou Costello) sees Duke (Bud Abbott) and several cowboys getting ready to play cards. He says, "What are you playing?" and Duke replies, "Poker". Willoughby says, "I've never played that game before. Is it like dice?" That's an inside joke, referring to Abbott & Costello's famous "dice" routine, which they used in their first starring film, Buck Privates (1941). See more »


When Willoughby enters the caboose he stands by the poker table with the door open behind him. The brakeman closes the door. Willoughby walks over to sit down and the brakeman closes the door again. See more »


Edited into Western Melodies (1949) See more »


Give Me My Saddle
Lyrics by Don Raye
Music by Gene de Paul
Performed by Dick Foran
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"Don't worry sister, we'll have a bow and arrow wedding."
17 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Abbott and Costello found themselves in a wide variety of films; "Ride 'em Cowboy" is their take on mangling the Western genre. They're aided by genuine "B" Western stars Johnny Mack Brown and Dick Foran along with pretty Anne Gwynne as the romantic interest for Foran's character, Bronco Bob Mitchell. Bronco Bob is largely a mythical character, invented by Mitchell when he was a starving writer. But his Western stories were hugely successful, so the Mitchell exploits grew larger than life until he can no longer live up to the image of his creation. Arriving at the Lazy S Ranch, Mitchell and the boys take a stab at dude ranch life and try to get ready for the annual rodeo celebration, in which Mitchell has agreed to compete. Therein lies the recipe for this Abbott and Costello brand of Western fun.

With no sign of the Andrews Sisters from their earlier films, the musical chores are picked up by The Merry Macs and Ella Fitzgerald. A quick peek at Ella's filmography reveals that her standard "A-Tisket, A-Tasket was performed in seven films between 1939 and 1948, and it's done here in fine fashion. Dick Foran also croons a tune as the obligatory singing cowboy.

Lou Costello proved he could ride a runaway torpedo in 1941's "Keep 'Em Flying"; here he does the same on a stampeding bronco, with Bud along for the ride. The film also offers some of the same sight gags found in Warner Brothers cartoons of the era, notably Lou's having his "palm re(a)d" in a dream sequence dominated by Indians.

"Ride 'em Cowboy" gallops along at a fairly quick eighty six minute run, a lot of it at a frenetic pace. Abbott and Costello fans will enjoy their favorites here, as the boys show they can be at home in any setting.

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