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Callaway Went Thataway (1951)

Approved | | Comedy, Western | 15 November 1951 (USA)
Two marketing professionals hire a lookalike of classic western actor Smoky Callaway to impersonate the actor and make new films, but things go awry when the real Callaway, thought long missing, returns.
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Two smart marketing people resurrect some old films starring cowboy Smoky Callaway and put them on television. The films are a big hit and the star is in demand. Unfortunately no one can find him. When a lookalike sends in a photo, the marketing team hires him to impersonate Callaway. Things get sticky when the real Callaway eventually shows up. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Callaway's crazy for her and she's crazy for dough! See more »

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Comedy | Western

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15 November 1951 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This movie was a satire of Hopalong Cassidy (1952), the first Western network television series, which would explain the disclaimer at the end of the film referred to in Crazy Credits. See more »

Goofs

(at around 30 mins) Stretch fastens the same three buttons on his shirt twice. See more »

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Deborah Patterson: What ever happened to your conscience?
Mike Frye: I just had it washed. I can't do a thing with it.
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Crazy Credits

Card at the end states: 'This picture was made in the spirit of fun, and was meant in no way to detract from the wholesome influence, civic mindedness and the many charitable contributions of Western idols of our American youth, or to be a portrayal of any of them.' See more »

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Spoofs Hopalong Cassidy (1952) See more »

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Music by Harry Warren
Played when Stretch is being introduced to the Lorrisons
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Wichaway went Callaway?
23 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

A cowboy hero dressed in white is chasing down a group of dastardly villains. Pull back to reveal that what we are seeing is on television. Now cut to scenes across the country to show children from all walks of life glued to their sets watching wichaway Callaway went. Meanwhile, back in the offices of the creative team behind the TV series, it seems that they've got a problem on their hands. The show has been pieced together from old movies, but it's such a success that now the public is demanding to see the real deal and nobody actually knows where Callaway is. Enter a perfect double, an honest-to-goodness aw-shucks cowboy, and you can guess the rest.

This is a predictable comedy which does little to distinguish itself, but it isn't without its charms. The lead actors are very appealing and occasionally have some snappy dialog to work with. Howard Keel is particularly entertaining in the dual roles of "Stretch" Barnes and "Smoky" Callaway. Anyone who enjoys comedies from this time period should get a kick out of this film.


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