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Cowboy (1958)

Approved | | Western | 23 March 1958 (Japan)
An idealistic tenderfoot Chicago hotel clerk is taken on a cattle-drive to Mexico by famous trail boss Tom Reece but discovers that cowboy life isn't what he expected.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Tom Reese
... Frank Harris
... Maria Vidal / Arriega
... Doc Bender - Trail Hand
... Charlie - Trail Hand
... Paco Mendoza - Ramrod
... Paul Curtis
... Joe Capper - Trail Hand
... Mr. Fowler - Chicago Hotel Manager
Donald Randolph ... Senor Vidal - Maria's Father
... Mike Adams
... Don Manuel Arriega
... Alcaide (as Frank de Kova)
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Chicago hotel clerk Frank Harris dreams of life as a cowboy, and he gets his chance when, jilted by the father of the woman he loves, he joins Tom Reece and his cattle-driving outfit. Soon, though, the tenderfoot finds out life on the range is neither what he expected nor what he's been looking for... Written by Jorge Mourinha <rjmourinha@mail.telepac.pt>

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THE REAL, TRUE STORY OF THE WEST! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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23 March 1958 (Japan)  »

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1.85 : 1
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The script is based on the memoirs of Frank Harris, chronicling his first trial drive as a greenhorn from Chicago. See more »

Goofs

When Reese arrives at the hotel and orders hot water for a bath, the bellboy brings in pails of water and pours them in the tub. But none of the pails of water are steaming, so they are clearly not hot. See more »

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Wagon Driver: [after a snake is thrown on him] He got me.
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A true western about real events
8 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

The attitudes and comments of the actors playing drovers of cattle from Texas to Kansas were the closest to those of real cowboys ever put on the screen.

I worked as a rider for the cattle association for a while and the personalities were the same.

The joke that Jack Limon had never rode a horse so he should get a horse that had never been ridden was real cowhand humor.

The cowboys finding that city living was too rough for them after partying in Chicago for a few days, and they best get back out on the trail where it was safe, was real cowhand humor.

The change in Jack as he became more interested in the profit and less being the dude was realistic.

This was a movie showing real history of a tough business that would soon fade into romantic lore.


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