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Cowboy (1958)

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Chicago hotel clerk Frank Harris dreams of life as a cowboy, and he gets his chance when, jilted by the father of the woman he loves, he joins Tom Reece and his cattle-driving outfit. Soon,... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Tom Reese
Anna Kashfi ...
Maria Vidal / Arriega
Doc Bender, Trailhand
Charlie, Trailhand
Víctor Manuel Mendoza ...
Paco Mendoza, Ramrod
Paul Curtis
King Donovan ...
Joe Capper, Trailhand
Mr. Fowler, Chicago Hotel Manager
Donald Randolph ...
Senor Vidal, Maria's Father
James Westerfield ...
Eugene Iglesias ...
Don Manuel Arriega
Alcaide (as Frank de Kova)


Chicago hotel clerk Frank Harris dreams of life as a cowboy, and he gets his chance when, jilted by the father of the woman he loves, he joins Tom Reece and his cattle-driving outfit. Soon, though, the tenderfoot finds out life on the range is neither what he expected nor what he's been looking for... Written by Jorge Mourinha <>

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26 March 1958 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Como Nasce um Bravo  »

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1.85 : 1
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The trumpeter in the cantina was Raphael Mendes, who in the 1950s was considered by many professional musicians to be one of the finest trumpet players in the world, if not the best. See more »


While trying to place a ring on the bulls obviously rubber horn, Don Manuel Arriegas horse is shown being gored in the right shoulder, with blood spurting out of the wound. In subsequent shots there is no sign of any wound. Additionally, many shots in the scene show lunges by the bull that would have disemboweled the horse had the horns been real. See more »


Tom Reese: How's the arm, Charlie?
Charlie, Trailhand: All right, boss. It's my drinking arm, not my loving arm.
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Referenced in Trumbo (2007) See more »

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Entertaining western, Lemmon & Ford work well together
3 August 2002 | by (California) – See all my reviews

Circumstances force a tough trail boss (Ford) to take on a former hotel bellboy (Lemmon) as his partner in a trail drive, on condition that Lemmon can go along on the drive. Along the way he finds out that a cowboy's life isn't as glamorous or romantic as he thought it would be, and a whole lot more dangerous besides. This is a vastly entertaining film, mainly because Lemmon and Ford work so well together. Lemmon knew exactly how far to go in showing boyish enthusiasm and excitement without making it seem childish or juvenile, and he stays right on that fine line here. Ford's character is a weary cattleman who's seen and done it all, and knows what Lemmon is in for, tries to tell him and gets annoyed when he won't listen, and the two complement each other perfectly. A top-notch supporting cast helps things immensely, and Delmer Daves' directs smoothly, interspersing drama and humor in just the right amounts. A very, very enjoyable film.

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