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Cowboy Holiday (1934)

A cowboy tries to help his lawman friend, who will lose his job if he doesn't bring in a bandit known as the Juarez Kid.


Robert F. Hill (as Bob Hill)


Robert F. Hill (story) (as 'Rock Hawkey), Robert F. Hill (screenplay) (as Rock Hawley)




Complete credited cast:
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Buck Sawyer (as Big Boy Williams)
Janet Chandler ... Ruth Hopkins
Julian Rivero ... Pablo Escovar - aka Juarez Kid (as Julian Revaro)
Richard Alexander ... Deputy Walt Gregor (as Dick Alexander)
John Elliott ... Sheriff Hank Simpson
Julia Bejarano Julia Bejarano ... Mona Escovar
Alma Chester Alma Chester ... Ma Simpson


Buck's friend Sheriff Simpson is after the Juarez Kid. Buck knows the Kid and the Sheriff's description does not fit. Buck then meets a one time outlaw who is now the Sheriff's deputy and thinks he is posing as the Kid. When a rancher is killed by the supposed Kid, Buck has a plan utilizing the real Juarez's Kid's ranch that will trap him. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Release Date:

15 December 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Emboscada Perigosa See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The earliest documented telecast of this film in New York City occurred Friday 31 May 1946 on DuMont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5); in Los Angeles it was first aired Saturday 24 December 1949 on KFI (Channel 9). See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening Title "Cowboy Holiday" is composed of ropes. See more »


Remade as Law and Lead (1936) See more »


Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie (The Cowboy's Lament)
Whistled by Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams
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From Hero To Lunkhead Sidekick
12 July 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I've seen lots of films with Guinn Williams who usually played good natured palookas and sidekicks of the male lead in westerns and not in westerns. In his youth in silent and early sound days he was still a cowboy lead. In Cowboy Holiday this was the first time I'd ever seen him as a lead.

Williams unlike a lot of his contemporaries knew when it was up for him as a lead and he wisely transitioned to character roles where 99% of film fans know him today.

Cowboy Holiday lacks a certain cohesion that would have even made it believable to the Saturday matinée crowd. Williams is on a holiday visiting his foster parents, his foster father being the sheriff who is having a devil of a time capturing the Juarez Kid. Williams knows the kid played by Julian Rivero and he sure he's not doing all the bad things attributed to him lately. Someone is masquerading as the Juarez Kid and cashing in on his bad reputation. It's up to Big Boy to find out who it is before stepdad loses his job.

Maybe bad editing or a bad script in the first place, but there's a whole lot that just doesn't make sense. Still if you want to see Guinn Williams as a cowboy hero instead of lunkhead sidekick Cowboy Holiday is the film for you.

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