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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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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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A man's not a man - until he's a cowboy See more »

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Western

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

23 March 1958 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

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

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Charlie, Trailhand: I've been dreaming every night about them Mexican gals for the last week. I wouldn't take $400 for what I dreamed last night.
Peggy, Trailhand-Cook: You've been talking in your sleep, too. I wish you would think of something else to dream about for a change.
Charlie, Trailhand: I'll tell you what you do. You think of something better to dream about... I'll dream about it.
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Connections

Featured in Dennis the Menace: Dennis Goes to the Movies (1959) See more »

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Does the herd come above everything?
19 October 2003 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Delmer Daves was very successful with this film, about how a young hotel clerk (Lemmon) becomes a cowboy, but most of all how he becomes a man. Daves takes us on journey, driving a cattle herd from Mexico to finally place them on the Santa Fe train bound for Chicago, and he manages to keep us interested every moment. There is a snake, an Indian attack, wild horses, a cattle stampede, cowboys fighting...What is impressive is the efficiency with which Glenn Ford commands the operation, no time is lost, everything must be done to deliver the herd with as few losses as possible. Lemmon starts becoming like Ford, obsessed about his task, when they both learn something about human values.


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