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Ride 'Em Cowboy (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Western | 13 February 1942 (USA)
Two peanut vendors at a rodeo show get in trouble with their boss and hide out on a railroad train heading west. They get jobs as cowboys on a dude ranch, despite the fact that neither of ... See full summary »

Director:

Arthur Lubin

Writers:

Edmund L. Hartmann (story), Harold Shumate (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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1 nomination. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Bud Abbott ... Duke
Lou Costello ... Willoughby
Dick Foran ... Bronco Bob Mitchell
Anne Gwynne ... Anne Shaw
Johnny Mack Brown ... Alabam' Brewster
Judd McMichael Judd McMichael ... Tom (as The Merry Macs)
Ted McMichael Ted McMichael ... Harry (as The Merry Macs)
Joe McMichael Joe McMichael ... Dick (as The Merry Macs)
Mary Lou Cook Mary Lou Cook ... Dotty Davis (as The Merry Macs)
Ella Fitzgerald ... Ruby
Samuel S. Hinds ... Sam Shaw
Douglass Dumbrille ... Jake Rainwater
Morris Ankrum ... Ace Anderson
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Storyline

Two peanut vendors at a rodeo show get in trouble with their boss and hide out on a railroad train heading west. They get jobs as cowboys on a dude ranch, despite the fact that neither of them knows anything about cowboys, horses, or anything else. Written by Anonymous

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GAGS! NAGS! SWEETIES AND SWING! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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Trivia

The original production plans were delayed in favor of another of Bud Abbott's and Lou Costello's service comedies, Keep 'Em Flying (1941), which was proving to be a huge box-office hit for Universal. See more »

Goofs

When Willoughby is in Doctor Ha-Ha's sanitarium, he picks up the phone and asks for water. When he hangs up, you can see the water hose connected to the phone. See more »

Quotes

Willoughby: It's all our fault. Duke and I went running to hide from the boss and I let the cow's husband out.
Duke: He means the bull.
Willoughby: Bull nothin' it's a fact.
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Connections

Referenced in Bowery Buckaroos (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

Ride 'em Cowboy
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Don Raye
Music by Gene de Paul
Performed by Dick Foran and The Merry Macs
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Music and Dance including Dean Collins and Jewel McGowan
16 February 2007 | by Tangman2005See all my reviews

Ella Fitzgerald, in her first screen role, plays Ruby, who fills several roles as one of the employees of the ranch. At the opening rodeo, she is dressed as a rodeo clown, and comes to Anne's side when she is hurt. Later in the film, she can be seen removing an apron before singing. Ella sings A-Tisket, A-Tasket in the bus, as the ranch crew drives from the railway station to the ranch. Ruby and the other employees interact playfully during the song.

In the one dance scene in the film, a square dance is being held in a barn. The Merry Macs interrupt the square dance caller with the musical question, "What kind of old fashion jive is that you've got?" And end up telling him "Don't be a chump. Do a square dance, but make it jump." They then launch into an upbeat swing tune. The Macs sing "Ruby, Ruby. We want Ruby", and ask her to come out and sing jive. She takes off her apron and sings a few verses. Still singing, she introduces dancers who will "show you how they drop the square. You know. Back in Harlem up on Sugar Hill." Several couples come out and put on quite a display of Lindy Hop. Ruby and the Macs each take a turn with additional verses, and over a dozen couples take the floor doing swing. Well known swing dancers Dean Collins and Jewel McGowan dance along side the other couples in this scene. Although Dean is known for a smooth style of Lindy, he and Jewel perform two "around the block" moves, as well as some energetic kicks during their short time on camera. Most of the songs in the film are cowboy songs, which were very popular at the time. The presence of Ella Fizgerald and swing dancers demonstrates another popular music and dance of the early 1940s.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Helden im Sattel See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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