Ben and Howdy are a couple of aging cowboys who bust broncos out of Sedona for Jim Ed Love, a slick operator if ever there was one. Sisters, Meg and Agatha, have their eyes on Ben and Howdy, but the boys aren't ready to settle down yet. They spend the winter in the high country corralling more than 100 stray cattle at $7 a head for Jim Ed. Most years, they blow their winter pay in one spring night at a Sedona bar, but this year, Ben and Howdy have a plan: to take an ornery roan that Ben has been unable to break and bet their bankroll that no cowboy at the Sedona rodeo can stay on the horse. What will they do if they win - marry the sisters or head for Tahiti?Written by
Vince (Edgar Buchanan) asks Howdy (Henry Fonda) how he came to have such a name as Howdy. "Made it up. Why?" "Marion . . . that was my given name. A man can't ride bucking horses with a handle like that so I changed it." This was a poke at fellow actor John Wayne, who became famous playing cowboys and who was born Marion Michael Morrison. See more »
The bucking horses all have bucking straps attached. One wouldn't attach such a strap to a horse you're trying to train for riding. See more »
Then do you know what I'm gonna do?
Yeah, sell him to a soap factory.
No, no, I've changed my mind about that. I am gonna sell him to a dog food company. And then I'm gonna buy the first can of food made out of him and I'm gonna get myself the mangiest old hound dog I can find. And I'm gonna feed it to him. That's what I'm gonna do.
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I was quite surprised when I watched this, thinking it was a western when actually it wasn't. The picture is set in 1950s or 60s and the locations at times makes you wonder if it was set in 1800s.
The director makes some interesting comparisons between the lonely west and the modern town. The performances are good, especially the horse. The director made excellent use of the widescreen frame. This is unwatchable in pan and scan.
Not a great film but certainly worth watching for locations and direction. Could've done with a better screenplay.
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