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Cowboy -- Glenn Ford co-stars as a tough, no-nonsense trail boss and Jack Lemmon as a tenderfoot Chicago hotel clerk whose yearning for the Old West outweighs his own physical limitations. As a result of Lemmon's participation in a 3,000 mile cattle drive, he discovers that the cowboy life is not as he'd imagined.

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Frank Harris (book) and
Edmund H. North (screenplay)
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Release Date:
23 March 1958 (Japan) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
THE REAL, TRUE STORY OF THE WEST! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(10 articles)
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User Reviews:
Does the herd come above everything? See more (40 total) »

Cast

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Glenn Ford ... Tom Reese

Jack Lemmon ... Frank Harris

Anna Kashfi ... Maria Vidal / Arriega

Brian Donlevy ... Doc Bender, Trailhand

Dick York ... Charlie, Trailhand
Víctor Manuel Mendoza ... Paco Mendoza, Ramrod

Richard Jaeckel ... Paul Curtis
King Donovan ... Joe Capper, Trailhand

Vaughn Taylor ... Mr. Fowler, Chicago Hotel Manager
Donald Randolph ... Senor Vidal, Maria's Father
James Westerfield ... Mike Adams
Eugene Iglesias ... Don Manuel Arriega

Frank DeKova ... Alcaide (as Frank de Kova)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Russ Bender ... Joe (uncredited)
John L. Blaustein ... Peon Boy (uncredited)
Joan Bradshaw ... Reece's Girl (uncredited)
Don Carlos ... Jose (uncredited)
John L. Cason ... Trailhand (uncredited)
Amapola Del Vando ... Aunt (uncredited)
Bill Hale ... Poker Player (uncredited)

Robert 'Buzz' Henry ... Slim Barrett (uncredited)
Pat Kenaston ... Daughter (uncredited)
Walt La Rue ... Minor Role (uncredited)

William Leslie ... Tucker (uncredited)

Strother Martin ... Cowhand Bitten by Snake (uncredited)
Paul McGuire ... Businessman (uncredited)

David McMahon ... Cattle Buyer (uncredited)
Rafael Mendez ... Trumpeter in Cantina (uncredited)
Bek Nelson ... Charlie's Girl (uncredited)
Don Reardon ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Juli Reding ... Reece's Girl (uncredited)
Bob Reeves ... Cowhand (uncredited)
Gloria Rhoads ... Rosa (uncredited)
Leoda Richards ... Older Woman at Hotel Desk (uncredited)
Suzanne Ridgway ... Reece's Girl (uncredited)
Russell Thorson ... Cattle Buyer (uncredited)
Gloria Victor ... Reece's Girl (uncredited)
Russ Whiteman ... Cattle Buyer (uncredited)

Guy Wilkerson ... Peggy, Trailhand-Cook (uncredited)

Directed by
Delmer Daves 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Frank Harris (book "My Reminiscences as a Cowboy")

Edmund H. North (screenplay)

Dalton Trumbo  screenplay (originally uncredited)

Produced by
Julian Blaustein .... producer
 
Original Music by
George Duning 
 
Cinematography by
Charles Lawton Jr. (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Al Clark 
William A. Lyon 
 
Art Direction by
Cary Odell 
 
Set Decoration by
James Crowe  (as James M. Crowe)
William Kiernan 
 
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Nelson .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
John P. Livadary .... recording supervisor (as John Livadary)
J.S. Westmoreland .... sound (as Josh Westmoreland)
 
Visual Effects by
Bridgid O'Donnell .... restoration supervisor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
John L. Cason .... stunts (uncredited)
Brad Harris .... Stunt double: Richard Jaeckel (uncredited)
Walt La Rue .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Terhune .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Cory .... second unit photography
 
Music Department
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
Morris Stoloff .... conductor
Rafael Mendez .... musician: trumpets, "Cantina" scene (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Saul Bass .... titles designed by
Henri Jaffa .... Technicolor color consultant
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
92 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:U (original rating) | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2002) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #18818) | West Germany:12 (nf)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
George Duning' s soundtrack uses themes from traditional western and Mexican folk tunes.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
Wagon Driver:It beats me how women can go for you cowboys.
Charlie, Trailhand:Oh, yeah. Women like the smell of a horse on a man. That makes them giggle.
Wagon Driver:Well, the smell of a horse on me never did me no good. Just makes them get up and move away.
Charlie, Trailhand:Maybe you're associating with the wrong horses.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Trumbo (2007)See more »

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19 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Does the herd come above everything?, 19 October 2003
Author: alexandre michel liberman (tmwest) from S. Paulo, Brazil

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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