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Cowboy (1958)

Approved | | Western | 23 March 1958 (Japan)
An idealistic tenderfoot Chicago hotel clerk is taken on a cattle-drive to Mexico by famous trail boss Tom Reece but discovers that cowboy life isn't what he expected.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Tom Reese
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Maria Vidal / Arriega
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Doc Bender - Trail Hand
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Charlie - Trail Hand
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Paco Mendoza - Ramrod
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Paul Curtis
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Joe Capper - Trail Hand
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Mr. Fowler - Chicago Hotel Manager
Donald Randolph ...
Senor Vidal - Maria's Father
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Eugene Iglesias ...
Don Manuel Arriega
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Alcaide (as Frank de Kova)
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Storyline

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 REAL, TRUE STORY OF THE WEST! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Western

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Release Date:

23 March 1958 (Japan)  »

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Frontier  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The typical cowboy in the Old West died at age 21 from a fall off his horse. See more »

Goofs

When Tom and Frank strike their deal in the hotel, Tom says "Get some sleep. We leave first thing in the morning." When Tom and the other cowboys arrive the next morning in the wagon, the shadows on the ground are very short, being almost non-existent. This indicates the sun is almost directly overhead and that it is close to noon, and nowhere near early morning. See more »

Quotes

Doc Bender, Trailhand: What about this fellow Reece?
Paul Curtis: He's all right if you're all right.
Doc Bender, Trailhand: When does he pay off? At the end of the run?
Paul Curtis: You ask him for what's coming in the middle a river crossing, and he'll pay you off. He'll pay you off in dry bills.
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Featured in Dennis the Menace: Dennis Goes to the Movies (1959) See more »

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a great little gem
8 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I found this movie to be excellent. I think it did not find an audience because of its dark tone. It explores the concept of death in a unique way for a western. The light comedy interspersed was a nice relief. Definitely worth watching for any western fans. Glenn Ford was magnificent. Jack Lemmon, while showing his flair for comedy, was subtly profound. The movie itself is profound in a subtle way. We can relate to Lemmon's character easily-stuck in a boring job and wishing for something more. Finding something more however, doesn't bring the joy he thought it would. He changes and grows;his relationship with Ford is terrific. This is not a western that glorifies the life of the cowboy. Rather, you see the grim, hard life that tries to suck the sweetness of man out of him.


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