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The Culpepper Cattle Co. (1972)

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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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Film debut of Charles Martin Smith. See more »

Quotes

Ben Mockridge: How come they keep calling me 'Little Mary'?
Cook, Culpepper Outfit: That's your name, kid. What's the matter? Don't you like it?
Ben Mockridge: No, I don't. It's a girl's name.
Cook, Culpepper Outfit: Well, that's what they call the cook's helper... Little Mary. Christ, I wish you was a girl.
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References Red River (1948) See more »

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Lyrics by John Newton
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A Very Different WESTERN !
12 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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