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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.

Director:

Delmer Daves

Writers:

Frank Harris (book), Edmund H. North (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Glenn Ford ... Tom Reese
Jack Lemmon ... Frank Harris
Anna Kashfi ... Maria Vidal / Arriega
Brian Donlevy ... Doc Bender - Trail Hand
Dick York ... Charlie - Trail Hand
Víctor Manuel Mendoza ... Paco Mendoza - Ramrod
Richard Jaeckel ... Paul Curtis
King Donovan ... Joe Capper - Trail Hand
Vaughn Taylor ... Mr. Fowler - Chicago Hotel Manager
Donald Randolph Donald Randolph ... Senor Vidal - Maria's Father
James Westerfield ... Mike Adams
Eugene Iglesias ... Don Manuel Arriega
Frank DeKova ... Alcaide (as Frank de Kova)
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Storyline

Chicago hotel clerk Frank Harris dreams of making his fortune in the cattle business. He gets his chance when, the father of the Mexican woman he loves breaks off their relationship and Frank bankrolls cattleman Tom Reece to be able to join him on a cattle buying trip to Mexico. Soon, though, the tenderfoot finds out the reality of life on the trail as a cowboy is not what he expected. Written by Jorge Mourinha <rjmourinha@mail.telepac.pt>

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1958 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Frontier See more »

Filming Locations:

Lawton, Oklahoma, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

While trying to place a ring on the bulls obviously rubber horn, Don Manuel Arriegas horse is shown being gored in the right shoulder, with blood spurting out of the wound. In subsequent shots there is no sign of any wound. Additionally, many shots in the scene show lunges by the bull that would have disemboweled the horse had the horns been real. See more »

Quotes

Tom Reese: Anybody know the right words? Uh, something like this happens, people start asking how come it happened. I mean uh... was it his fault... was... was somebody else's fault? Well, that isn't for us to say. You see, we don't know all the answers. All we know is a man is dead and that's that. In the long run, I don't think it would have made any difference anyhow. I mean, if it hadn't been a snake that had got him, it would have been a steer, or a Comanche... his horse might have stumbled into a ...
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Soundtracks

Sextet from 'Lucia di Lammermoor'
Music by Gaetano Donizetti
Sung by the cowboys as a parody of opera
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A true western about real events
8 December 2005 | by donkrahnSee 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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