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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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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
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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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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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A REAL WESTERN! It's really the best...because it's really the West! See more »

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Trivia

The trumpeter in the cantina was Raphaël 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 »

Goofs

During the bull - ring game, Glenn Ford is rolled on the ground, but when he pops up again, his clothes don't have a speck of dirt on them. See more »

Quotes

Frank Harris: We rounded up most of the herd... that is, all we could find.
Tom Reese: How many head did we lose?
Frank Harris: Just over 200.
Tom Reese: That's a lot of cows.
Frank Harris: Yeah, it is. It's too bad. It's too bad for you.
Tom Reese: What?
Frank Harris: We found all my cows. It seems it was yours that ran off and got lost.
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Featured in Dennis the Menace: Dennis Goes to the Movies (1959) See more »

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A Good Realistic Western
20 June 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

As one of the other reviewers pointed out, this whole film is based on a few lines of an autobiography where the protagonist Frank Harris joins a group of cattle RUSTLERS for a spell. So in fact that as tough as Glenn Ford and his crew are, at least they're on the right side of the law.

Also Frank Harris is probably best known for the first definitive life of Oscar Wilde. And Harris like Wilde was born in Ireland. Might have been nice if Jack Lemmon had played him with a brogue.

Another reviewer pointed out that Jack Lemmon did not fit into the western film. True enough, but in fact this is the story of a tenderfoot who goes on a cattle drive and has quite the adventure.

Still and all Cowboy is a pretty good realistic western about life on a cattle drive. These drovers aren't any kind of heroic, but they do the job that has to be done. Jack Lemmon's ideas about cowboys are taken from the dime novels of the period. He gets rid of his romantic notions, but fast.

Among the supporting cast Brian Donlevy comes off best as the world weary former town marshal who joins the drive to get away from his job and meets a tragic end.

Cowboy came out in 1958 which was the height of Glenn Ford's career. Ford did some of the best westerns of the 1950s and Cowboy ranks right up there.


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