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Hollywood Cowboy (1937)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Romance | 28 May 1937 (USA)
Just after Kramer goes to Wyoming to start his protection racket, cowboy actor Jeff Carson finishes a picture and goes camping. Attracted to Joyce Butler, he hires on at her ranch and ... See full summary »


Ewing Scott, George Sherman (uncredited)


Daniel Jarrett (original screenplay) (as Dan Jarrett), Ewing Scott (original screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
George O'Brien ... Jeffery Carson
Cecilia Parker ... Joyce Butler
Maude Eburne ... Violet Butler
Joe Caits ... G. Gadsby Holmes - aka Shakespeare
Frank Milan Frank Milan ... Westbrook Courtney
Charles Middleton ... Doc Kramer
Lee Shumway ... Benson
Walter De Palma Walter De Palma ... Pilot Rolfe Metzger
Al Hill ... Camby - Henchman
William Royle ... Klinker
Al Herman Al Herman ... Steger - Henchman
Frank Hagney ... Gillie - Henchman
Dan Wolheim ... Morey
Joe Balch Joe Balch ... Slim - Ranch Hand (as Slim Balch)
Sid Jordan ... Morgan - Ranch Hand


Just after Kramer goes to Wyoming to start his protection racket, cowboy actor Jeff Carson finishes a picture and goes camping. Attracted to Joyce Butler, he hires on at her ranch and quickly gets caught up in Butler's conflict with Kramer. When the Butlers refuse to buy his service, he has their cattle stampeded. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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The story of a "make-believe" hero whose cast iron fist made the range racketeers see movie "stars." See more »


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While on location in Lone Pine, California, director Ewing Scott was injured in a car accident and assistant director George Sherman took over. A Republic crew shooting in the area saw Sherman at work, was impressed with his craftsmanship and offered him a job directing the "Three Mesquiteers" series. See more »


Edited into Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (1976) See more »

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Up in the air
2 April 2007 | by ejrjrSee all my reviews

The story has some unusual twists including Kramer, a white-collar criminal who plots to exploit a feud between cattlehands and cattlemen plus fleece cattlemen of money through a dummy Cattlemen's Protection Association.

George O'Brien plays Geoffrey Carter, a Hollywood cowboy shooting a western film at Lone Pine, CA. He just happens to rescue Joyce, a cattlewoman's daughter from the city gangsters and falls for her. Then he goes to work for her mother as an anonymous cattlehand.

The most interesting plot element is the use of a single-engine, dual wing biplane to frighten cattle and then a subsequent air dual with an aircraft from Hollywood flown by Carter's friend.

Final roundup of the criminals has a nice twist but the ending is standard Hollywood schmaltz. There are some holes in the story never resolved. But nothing out the ordinary for a 1937 RKO Radio Picture.

George O'Brien is adequate but the supporting cast never have opportunities to rise above predictable or pedestrian, which is simply a fault of the script. However, this is a 64 minute, low-budget B-western, so there was little time or reason to worry about character development. This is a rare film and not many prints exist either as Hollywood Cowboy or Wings Over Wyoming. Showcase Media of Studio City California 91604 has one, good, complete 16mm dupe print.

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Release Date:

28 May 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wings Over Wyoming See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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