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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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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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George Duning's soundtrack uses themes from traditional western and Mexican folk tunes. See more »

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In a rail car containing the shipment of cattle, Tom Reese, an 'experienced' cattle-handler, attempts to help up a fallen steer by pulling the animal's head so that it can get up on its front legs then, presumably, on to its hind legs. No bovine will normally get up like this, and it's easier for it, firstly, to raise itself up on its hind legs by lunging forward, then put its front legs under it to stand up. To help this animal get up, you must lift its rear end by grabbing either the tail root or its backside. 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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Featured in Dennis the Menace: Dennis Goes to the Movies (1959) See more »

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" Is a man's life so easily dismissed, that compassion plays no part? "
14 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

Frank Harris was a hotel clerk who had always dreamed of becoming a ranch hand. When circumstances provided him with an opportunity, he did just that. The movie which is based on his real life exploit is called " Cowboy." In it Jack Lemmon plays Harris who buys a partnership with Cattle boss Tom Reese (Glen Ford) and is reluctantly hired on as a tenderfoot cowboy. Directed by Delmer Daves, Harris encounters all the hardships warn him by Tom Reese. What he further learns is the hard lessons concerning life and death on the trail. Reese is a hard brand who bestows the harsh lessons on his apprentice to such a degree, that what he develops into, is a replica of an uncaring, unsympathetic tough as leather trail hand. From an audience point of view, Ford fits comfortable in his role, but Lemmon seems a bit out of his element. Still, it's fun to watch as both men work to ply their craft. A good film with the addition of experienced cast members, like Brian Donlevy and Dick York. Recommended to Ford and Lemmon fans. ***


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