Teenager Ben Mockridge feels life in a Wild West farm town has nothing better to offer then horse-cart racing with other hicks, so he naively begs cattle company owner Frank Culpepper to engage him as youngest cowboy for a long cattle trail to a fort, his mother barely notices. Ben doesn't even seem to get it when he's told to report as 'little Mary' to the old cook, whose words cowboy is something you do only if you have nothing better gradually become clear. Instead of an exciting heroic macho life, it's endless hard work, dumb chores and embarrassment, even getting literally caught with his pants down, robbed of his horse, witnessing unpunished crimes... Written by
I want to go with you, Mr. Culpepper. I ride real good and I can do a lot of things. I mean, I'll work at almost anything, Mr. Culpepper. I really want to go.
Because I want to be a cowboy more than anything, Mr. Culpepper.
Well, that's one hell of an ambition, boy.
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If you want to see a very unusual Western Film which has a story very much down to earth about how the Wild West handled situations that did not please them. Cattlemen found out the hard way that they had better keep their cows off of other Cowboys property. Some of these Cattlemen had their guns taken away from them and were fined Two-hundred Dollars for damages done to their grazing land. There is a very real battle that continues between the Cattlemen and Ranchers and this picture clearly shows that taking the law in your own hands was never a solution to any problem. This film kept me guessing just how the picture would ever end and I was quite surprised at the various twists and turns. All the actors gave great performances and this is definitely a great unusual Western.
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