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Young farmboy who always wanted to be a cowhand talks a tough trail boss into hiring him on a cattle drive.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ben Mockridge
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Frank Culpepper (as Billy "Green" Bush)
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Luke
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Dixie Brick
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Russ
Wayne Sutherlin ...
Missoula
John McLiam ...
Thorton Pierce
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Pete
Raymond Guth ...
Cook
Anthony James ...
Nathaniel
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Tim Slater (as Charlie Martin Smith)
Larry Finley ...
Mr. Slater
Bob Morgan ...
Old John
Jan Burrell ...
Mrs. Mockridge
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Burgess
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Storyline

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 KGF Vissers

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How Many Men Do You Have to Kill to Be the Great American Cowboy?

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Release Date:

21 July 1972 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

La poussière, la sueur et la poudre  »

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Trivia

The pistol Ben (Gary Grimes) shows off to Tim (Charles Martin Smith) at the beginning of the movie and later kills his first man with during the saloon shootout is a model 1858 Remington Army. See more »

Quotes

Ben Mockridge: 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.
Frank Culpepper: Why?
Ben Mockridge: Because I want to be a cowboy more than anything, Mr. Culpepper.
Frank Culpepper: Well, that's one hell of an ambition, boy.
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References Red River (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Amazing Grace
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Traditional
Lyrics by John Newton
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True look at the Old West
26 November 1998 | by (Berwyn, IL) – See all my reviews

I feel this is possibly the best Western I have ever seen. It portrays gritty people with simple outlooks to life. I believe this must truly show what the west was like - simple, rough, dirty, bad fitting clothes, etc. I was raised on Disney movies and when you compare this to them you get a real feel for what happens when a kid decides to chase a dream in the world of adults. My favorite line is when the kid tells one of the cowboys that being a cowboy is the greatest job in the world. The guy responds, " Kid, being a cowboy is what you do when you can't do anything else".

I suggest this as required viewing for anyone with an interest in the Old West.


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