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The Rare Breed (1966)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 25 February 1966 (Italy)
An English woman and her daughter enlist the aid of a cowboy to try and get their hardy hornless bull to mate with the longhorns of Texas, but have to overcome greedy criminals and the natural elements.

Director:

Andrew V. McLaglen

Writer:

Ric Hardman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Stewart ... Burnett
Maureen O'Hara ... Martha Price
Brian Keith ... Bowen
Juliet Mills ... Hilary
Don Galloway ... Jamie
David Brian ... Ellsworth
Jack Elam ... Simons
Ben Johnson ... Harter
Harry Carey Jr. ... Mabry
Perry Lopez ... Juan
Larry Domasin Larry Domasin ... Alberto
Silvia Marino Silvia Marino ... Conchita
Alan Caillou ... Taylor
Gregg Palmer ... Rodenbush
Barbara Werle ... Gert
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Storyline

When her husband dies en route to America, Martha Price and her daughter Hilary are left to carry out his dream: the introduction of Hereford cattle into the American West. They enlist Sam "Bulldog" Burnett in their efforts to transport their lone bull, a Hereford named Vindicator, to a breeder in Texas, but the trail is fraught with danger, and even Burnett doubts the survival potential of this "rare breed" of cattle. Written by Greg Helton <ghelton@airmail.net>

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bull | whistling | texas | cattle | cowboy | See All (59) »

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Young lovers ... restless, bold, ready to meet the brawling dangers of the raw West ... Head On !


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1966 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Rancho River See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The accident involving the wagon carrying Martha (Maureen O'Hara) and Hilary (link=nm0005236]) ahead of the stampede was real and kept in the film. The women were supposed to be thrown clear, but instead, the wagon rolled over them. Fortunately, there was a pit underneath the wagon allowing the stuntwomen, Stephanie Epper and link=nm0253081], enough space to be kept from being crushed. They survived with slight injuries and shock. Director Andrew V. McLaglen kept the scene in the film. See more »

Goofs

During the stampede, when the wagon flips, it's obvious Vindicator is no longer tied to the wagon. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Martha Evans: What on earth are they doing?
Charles Ellsworth: It's called bulldogging, ma'am. That's Bulldog Burnett. He works for my outfit.
Hilary Price: Well, it's a perfectly silly way to handle cattle if you ask me.
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Okay, Not As Good As It Should Have Been Though
2 March 2010 | by FightingWesternerSee all my reviews

Middle-aged cowboy James Stewart agrees to transport Maureen O'Hara's Hereford bull (the first in North America) to to it's new owner Brian Keith, while at the same time making an underhanded deal to deliver it to a rival cattleman. Things get complicated when O'Hara and her daughter take it upon themselves to accompany Stewart.

This light-hearted western is offbeat and original enough to provide some entertainment and Stewart is great as the reluctant champion of a new breed of bull, but the story just isn't as compelling as it should have been and sometimes pretty silly, especially Keith (under a mountain of hair!) as a backwards Scottish rancher.

Jack Elam and Ben Johnson make the most of their limited roles as a vicious saddle-tramp and Stewart's aging, crippled mentor.


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