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Release Date:
25 February 1966 (Italy) See more »
Young lovers ... restless, bold, ready to meet the brawling dangers of the raw West ... Head On !
An English woman and her daughter enlist the aid of a cowboy to try and get their hardy hornless bull to mate with the longhorns of Texas, but have to overcome both greedy criminals and the natural elements. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Stewart ... Burnett

Maureen O'Hara ... Martha Price

Brian Keith ... Bowen

Juliet Mills ... Hilary

Don Galloway ... Jamie

David Brian ... Ellsworth

Jack Elam ... Simons

Ben Johnson ... Harter

Harry Carey Jr. ... Mabry

Perry Lopez ... Juan
Larry Domasin ... Alberto
Silvia Marino ... Conchita

Alan Caillou ... Taylor

Gregg Palmer ... Rodenbush
Barbara Werle ... Gert
Joe Ferrante ... Estaban

James O'Hara ... Sagamon (as Jimmy O'Hara)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
R.L. Armstrong ... Barker (uncredited)
John Barton ... Townsman (uncredited)

Larry J. Blake ... Auctioneer (uncredited)
Joan Connors ... Cowgirl (uncredited)
Frank Ellis ... Dodge Townsman (uncredited)
Harry Fleer ... Barler (uncredited)
Bob Gravage ... Cattle Buyer (uncredited)

Herman Hack ... Train Passenger (uncredited)

Frank Hagney ... Cattle Buyer (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward ... Wrangler (uncredited)
Irene Kelly ... Cowgirl (uncredited)
Charles Lampkin ... Porter (uncredited)

Ted Mapes ... Liveryman (uncredited)
John McKee ... Cattle Buyer (uncredited)
James Nusser ... Kelly - Bum at Dodge Train Depot (uncredited)

Mike Ragan ... Barker (uncredited)
Frank J. Scannell ... Barker (uncredited)

Directed by
Andrew V. McLaglen 
Writing credits
Ric Hardman (written by)

Produced by
William Alland .... producer
Original Music by
John Williams  (as Johnny Williams)
Cinematography by
William H. Clothier (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Russell F. Schoengarth 
Art Direction by
Alexander Golitzen 
Alfred Ybarra 
Set Decoration by
Oliver Emert (set decorations)
John McCarthy Jr. (set decorations) (as John McCarthy)
Costume Design by
Rosemary Odell (costumes)
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Norman Deming .... unit production manager
Edward Muhl .... in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Terry Morse Jr. .... assistant director
Sound Department
Corson Jowett .... sound
Waldon O. Watson .... sound
Visual Effects by
Albert Whitlock .... matte supervisor
Hal Needham .... action coordinator
Buff Brady .... stunts (uncredited)
Stephen Burnette .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Carson .... stunts (uncredited)
Roydon Clark .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Coffer .... stunts (uncredited)
Patty Elder .... stunts (uncredited)
Stephanie Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Donna Hall .... stunts (uncredited)
John Harris .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Leroy Johnson .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Krone .... stunts (uncredited)
Sharon Lucas .... stunts (uncredited)
Ted Mapes .... stunts (uncredited)
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt double (uncredited)
Buddy Van Horn .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... music supervisor
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Ethmer Roten .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Frank Khoury .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Michael Audley .... dialogue coach
D.R.O. Hatswell .... technical advisor
Al Sherman .... technical advisor
Crew verified as complete

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97 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:PG | Finland:K-8 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Iceland:12 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Not Rated (DVD) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #21023) | West Germany:12 (f)

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James Stewart and Maureen O'Hara did not get along during filming.See more »
Continuity: In the final fight scene between Jimmy Stewart and Brian Keith, there is a close shot of the calf watching from underneath the stairs. However, when they cut to the long shot, the calf is no longer there.See more »
[first lines]
Martha Evans:What on earth are they doing?
Charles Ellsworth:It's called bulldogging, ma'am. That's Bulldog Burnett. He works for my outfit.
Hilary Price:Well, it's a perfectly silly way to handle cattle if you ask me.
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10 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Lukewarm Western, 7 September 2002
Author: jayhonk

Jimmy Stewart in this role wasn't not illogical, in fact he was the right choice. Unfortunately, the writers didn't follow through on their part. The movie has all the ingredients of a good western, cowboys, cattle, scenery, outsiders, bad guys, dreams, adventures, swindles, romance. But the total package fell very flat. At the heart of the movie is a romance between Stewart and Maureen O'Hara as a British widow bringing a new breed of cattle to the West. No real on screen sparks fly, though. The heart of the problem is that it is hard to root for Jimmy Stewart's character--and you can't say THAT very often. He starts out as an average guy who doesn't hesitate to steal a prize bull, for a thousand bucks. While he does put the money to good use, his fundamental lack of scruples was off-putting. But obviously, we are supposed to root for him.

Maureen O'Hara's character drives the movie when she shows up, but she was a little hard to empathize with, too. She sees more in Jimmy Stewart than I did, and pursues him. Eventually she gives up on him and her original dream (not worth going into that), just when Jimmy catches the vision thing. So the their relationship cycles in opposite directions. Of course, you know that eventually they will get together. Not before she takes 6 months of in home hospitality from Brian Keith' transplanted Scottish character. That role was a riot, until he civilized himself on her behalf. Whereupon he lost all his personality trying to please the target of his affections. Probably some lesson there...

I wouldn't recommend this one. Some interesting twists at first, but ultimately very predictable. If you do watch it, your eyes will be happy, but your heart will be left out.

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