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Callaway Went Thataway (1951)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Western  |  15 November 1951 (USA)
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Two smart marketing people resurrect some old films starring cowboy Smoky Callaway and put them on television. The films are a big hit and the star is in demand. Unfortunately no one can ... See full summary »

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Deborah Patterson
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Stretch Barnes / Smoky Callaway
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Georgie Markham
Fay Roope ...
Tom Lorrison
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Martha Lorrison
Douglas Kennedy ...
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Elisabeth Fraser ...
Marie
John Indrisano ...
Johnny Terrento (as Johnny Indrisano)
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Marvin
Don Haggerty ...
Director Don
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Two smart marketing people resurrect some old films starring cowboy Smoky Callaway and put them on television. The films are a big hit and the star is in demand. Unfortunately no one can find him. When a lookalike sends in a photo, the marketing team hires him to impersonate Callaway. Things get sticky when the real Callaway eventually shows up. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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15 November 1951 (USA)  »

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Esperto Contra Esperto  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Mike Frye: You know, sometimes I wonder why I keep you around.
Deborah Patterson: Maybe it's because I own 50% of the stock.
Mike Frye: That must be the reason.
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Card at the end states: 'This picture was made in the spirit of fun, and was meant in no way to detract from the wholesome influence, civic mindedness and the many charitable contributions of Western idols of our American youth, or to be a portrayal of any of them.' See more »

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Where the Tumbleweed Is Blue
Written by Charles Wolcott
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Howard Keel is the main reason for watching "Callaway Went Thataway"...
11 May 2009 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

There's a delightful dual role for HOWARD KEEL as a has-been cowboy star who has vanished when his old pictures are shown on TV--and FRED MacMURRAY and DOROTHY McGUIRE are desperate to lure him back so they can make more dough off all the cowboy merchandise he inspires. This was at a time when early TV was showing mainly the old Hopalong Cassidy and Roy Rogers films for the kiddies.

Persuaded to come back east and take on Callaway's role, Keel finds himself in a lot of funny situations once he takes on the assignment of playing the cowboy star. Later in the film, when the real Callaway is being groomed for a comeback, Keel's performance in the dual role is really impressive. There's never any mistake about which character he's impersonating, thanks to a subtle difference in nuances, looks and expressions.

DOROTHY McGUIRE gets the glossy MGM treatment for her close-ups and looks wonderful as the sweet woman who develops an interest in the cowboy "Stretch" who's doing the Callaway impersonation. FRED MacMURRAY gets every grain of humor out of the role of the fast-talking agent with money on his mind.

It's an enjoyable romp for all three stars with some guest appearances by folks like Elizabeth Taylor, Clark Gable and Esther Williams.

Summing up: Pure fluff, but pleasant enough. The trick photography is abetted by the use of stunt doubles for the final fight scene between Keel and Keel.


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