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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Frank Harris (book) and
Edmund H. North (screenplay)
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Release Date:
26 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 »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
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(8 articles)
User Reviews:
Striking Western about a tenderfoot and a tough cowboy well performed by Lemmon and Ford respectively See more (37 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 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)
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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)
 
Stunts
John L. Cason .... stunts (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 .... title designer
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 | Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
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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Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Wagon Driver:[after a snake is thrown on him] He got me.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Trumbo (2007)See more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Striking Western about a tenderfoot and a tough cowboy well performed by Lemmon and Ford respectively, 31 December 2011
Author: ma-cortes

Formidable Western full of action , ironic touches , fascinating drama , Mexican fiesta , cattle round-up , romantic episodes and fabulous performances . Fine and classic Western by Delmer Daves with a magnificent Jack Lemmon and a restrained Glenn Ford . It's a wonderful adventure film format "western" itinerant, full of amusing events , danger and life lessons . In the 1870s a Chicago hotel clerk named Frank Harris (a notoriously mendacious Jack Lemmon in his usual role ) dreams of life as a cowboy , and the tenderfoot gets his opportunity when , jilted by the dad of the girl (Anna Kashfi) he wishes , he unites forces with Tom Reece (Glenn Ford) and his cattle-driving team (Dick York , Richard Jaeckel and Brian Donlevy) . Soon after, though, the ex-clerk finds out existence on the range is neither what he expected nor what he's been wishing . The brave clerk agrees to covenant with Tom a 2.000 mile cattle drive from Chicago until arrive their destination in the Rio Grande , overcoming several risks , avoiding Indian attacks , cattle stampede and several other things .

This first-rate Western draws its riveting tale and power from the interaction of finely drawn roles as well as adventure and action . Good adult Western with exciting battle of wits between an obstinate clerk and an expert cowboy . Interesting and likable screenplay based on own reminiscences by novelist Frank Harris and well adapted by the notorious Edmund H. North and the black-listed Dalton Trumbo . Delmer Daves does a good work , an energetic and exciting movie , pitting two antagonist characters against the rugged toughness forced a vast natural environment throughout the trail . Highlight the exemplary value of the landscape as essential dramatic figure, and the narrative takes a brisk pace but not fast, a dash dense but not cumbersome. Glenn Ford as stern boss does an excellent interpretation along with a great cast that appears beautiful Anna Kashfi and other nice secondaries as Dick York , Richard Jaeckel and special appearance by veteran Brian Donlevy. Striking cinematography by Charles Lawton Jr who reflects masterfully the spectacular outdoors . Atmospheric and stirring musical score by George Duning , well conducted by habitual Morris Stoloff . The motion picture is well directed by Delmer Daves - including his characteristic use of landscape- , a Western expert as proved in ¨The hanging tree¨ , ¨3:10 to Yuma¨, ¨The last wagon¨, Jubal , ¨Drum beat¨, ¨Return of the Texan¨, and the notorious ¨Broken arrow¨ . And of course ¨Cowboy¨ that turns out to be stylish, fast paced , solid, meticulous and with enjoyable look . This well acted movie is gripping every step of the way . An unjustly forgotten film results to be a good western and remains consistently agreeable . Rating : Above average , worthwhile watching .

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