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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:
26 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 true western about real events 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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Did You Know?

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 »
Revealing mistakes: When Tom and Frank strike their deal in the hotel, Tom says "Get some sleep. We leave first thing in the morning." When Tom and the other cowboys arrive the next morning in the wagon, the shadows on the ground are very short, being almost non-existent. This indicates the sun is almost directly overhead and that it is close to noon, and nowhere near early morning.See more »
Tom Reese:Anybody know the right words? Uh, something like this happens, people start asking how come it happened. I mean uh... was it his fault... was... was somebody else's fault? Well, that isn't for us to say. You see, we don't know all the answers. All we know is a man is dead and that's that. In the long run, I don't think it would have made any difference anyhow. I mean, if it hadn't been a snake that had got him, it would have been a steer, or a Comanche...See more »
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12 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
A true western about real events, 8 December 2005
Author: donkrahn from United States

The attitudes and comments of the actors playing drovers of cattle from Texas to Kansas were the closest to those of real cowboys ever put on the screen.

I worked as a rider for the cattle association for a while and the personalities were the same.

The joke that Jack Limon had never rode a horse so he should get a horse that had never been ridden was real cowhand humor.

The cowboys finding that city living was too rough for them after partying in Chicago for a few days, and they best get back out on the trail where it was safe, was real cowhand humor.

The change in Jack as he became more interested in the profit and less being the dude was realistic.

This was a movie showing real history of a tough business that would soon fade into romantic lore.

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