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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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Writers (WGA):
Frank Harris (book) and
Edmund H. North (screenplay)
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Release Date:
23 March 1958 (Japan) See more »
THE REAL, TRUE STORY OF THE WEST! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
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 »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
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A Good Realistic Western See more (39 total) »


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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 Ridgeway ... 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
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)
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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92 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | 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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The trumpeter in the cantina was Raphael Mendes, 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 »
Continuity: 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 »
Tom Reese:[after shooting a hole in a pipe] I thought I saw a spider.See more »
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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
A Good Realistic Western, 20 June 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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