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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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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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A man's not a man - until he's a cowboy See more »

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Trivia

This movie was a central part of the plot of the first episode of Dennis the Menace (1959). 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 »

Quotes

Frank Harris: We rounded up most of the herd... that is, all we could find.
Tom Reese: How many head did we lose?
Frank Harris: Just over 200.
Tom Reese: That's a lot of cows.
Frank Harris: Yeah, it is. It's too bad. It's too bad for you.
Tom Reese: What?
Frank Harris: We found all my cows. It seems it was yours that ran off and got lost.
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Featured in Delmer Daves by Michael Daves, Part 2: 'Cowboy' (2015) See more »

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Does the herd come above everything?

Delmer Daves was very successful with this film, about how a young hotel clerk (Lemmon) becomes a cowboy, but most of all how he becomes a man. Daves takes us on journey, driving a cattle herd from Mexico to finally place them on the Santa Fe train bound for Chicago, and he manages to keep us interested every moment. There is a snake, an Indian attack, wild horses, a cattle stampede, cowboys fighting...What is impressive is the efficiency with which Glenn Ford commands the operation, no time is lost, everything must be done to deliver the herd with as few losses as possible. Lemmon starts becoming like Ford, obsessed about his task, when they both learn something about human values.


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