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Cowboy (1958)

Approved | | Western | 23 March 1958 (Japan)
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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Tom Reese
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Maria Vidal / Arriega
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Doc Bender, Trailhand
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Charlie, Trailhand
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Paco Mendoza, Ramrod
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Joe Capper, Trailhand
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Mr. Fowler, Chicago Hotel Manager
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Senor Vidal, Maria's Father
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Don Manuel Arriega
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Alcaide (as Frank de Kova)
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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, 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 <rjmourinha@mail.telepac.pt>

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The trumpeter in the cantina was Raphael Mendez, 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 »

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When Reese arrives at the hotel and orders hot water for a bath, the bellboy brings in pails of water and pours them in the tub. But none of the pails of water are steaming, so they are clearly not hot. See more »

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Slim Barrett: Tell the boys the time you ate them Indians, huh? Come on!
Joe Capper, Trailhand: Ah, I only ate but one injun in my whole life. An even then it was just a haunch.
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Paul Curtis: Hey, old Joe would be rather fighting Indians all the time, wouldn't you, Joe? Look at him, boss. It makes him hungry just thinking about it.
Joe Capper, Trailhand: Ah, cut it out, will you, Curtis? I was near starving to death. In fact, I didn't even know that injun. Anyway, I threw away everything except for one haunch.
Paul Curtis: Which haunch did you keep, Joe?
Joe Capper, Trailhand: Well, the...
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One of the best westerns ever
4 July 2002 | by (Twin Cities, Minnesota) – See all my reviews

I think that this is one of Glenn Ford's best performances. He plays against type cast as a tough rancher with not much heart. Jack Lemmon provides the heart for the film. The film is realistic in it's portrayal of western life in the ninteenth century and is based on the Writer Frank Harris's real story. Frank Harris was a hotel clerk who wanted to be a cowboy so bad that he gave his own money to buy a piece of the stock from Glen Ford's ranch with the condition that he could ride the trail. Glen Ford loses his money gambling and has to take Harris(Lemmon's) deal in order to buy more cattle. Along the trail Lemmon finds the work hard and the men that he associates with harder. Harris becomes tough but learns a lesson and in the end teaches something to Glen Ford along the way. The only problem with the dvd version is that it is in pan and scan format and it should be in wide screen as this is an epic western that needs the wide screen. I recommend that the viewer who really wants to see this in widescreen request it on turner classic movies as that is the only place where you can see it that way. Enjoy this movie any way you can see it however. It is like a good novel.


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